Getting to the Heart of It

Published 07/28/2020

Oral health is about much more than a smile. This infographic summarizes growing evidence that connects the health of the mouth with the health of the heart and circulatory system. 

Is Gum Disease Linked to Heart Disease and Stroke?

  • The odds of having a first heart attack were 28% higher for people with gum disease.
  • People with gum disease are 3 times more likely to have a stroke involving blood vessels in the back of the brain.
  • Tooth decay and other oral infections in childhood can contribute to atherosclerosis (clogged arteries) in adulthood.

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