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Benefits news: Links between heart disease and oral health

Feb 4, 2016

There are two different connections between heart disease and your oral health:

  1. Studies have shown that people with moderate or advanced gum disease are more likely to have heart disease than those with healthy gums.
  2. Oral health holds clues to overall health. Studies have shown that oral health can provide warning signs for other diseases or conditions, including heart disease.


Gum disease affects 80% of American adults and often the condition goes undiagnosed. Warning signs that you may have gum disease include:

  • Red, tender or swollen gums
  • Bleeding gums while brushing or flossing
  • Gums that seen to be pulling away from your teeth
  • Chronic bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth
  • Teeth that are loose or separating from each other


Taking steps to stop gum disease at the source is the best way to keep your smile beautiful at any age.  Rea more in this article from Delta Dental.  There are plenty of great articles on the Delta Dental website at www.deltadentalins.com.

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