Greenville Dentists Explain the Link between Gum and Heart Disease


Think bleeding gums are a minor problem? Think again. Plenty of studies suggest that there is a strong link between gum disease and heart disease. Gum disease, which Greenville dentists refer to as periodontitis, is when gums become infected by bacteria that leads to swollen, bleeding gums and eventual tooth loss. The same bacteria that destroys your gums and teeth can attack your heart.

How does this happen, you may ask?

Gum disease happens in the mouth, which has more to do with the liver and stomach than the heart. So how can the heart get affected? The idea is that if left untreated, the bacteria that causes gum disease will soon find its way in the bloodstream where they have a great chance of attaching to the fatty deposits in the heart’s blood vessels and deal significant damage. Read more from this blog


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