Gum disease (or periodontal disease) is caused by bacterial infections in the gum line. It’s the number one reason why people loose teeth but has also been linked to other serious health concerns including heart disease.
These bacterial infections create toxins and acids that not only wear away at the tooth but can even erode the jawbone. Some scientific studies have shown that people who have a history of gum disease are at higher risk of heart attack, stroke, diabetic complications, and preterm births in at-risk women.
While a causal link has yet to be established, prevention is always the best policy. Regular dental exams and preventative oral treatments are the best way to reduce your risk and can often catch periodontal disease in the early stages—before it can cause bigger health issues.