4 Things to Know About Gum Disease and Heart Health

Your mouth offers a peek into your overall health, including your heart. The latest research points to a link between oral health and heart health.

February is Heart Disease Awareness Month, and Dr. Gross at Inspiring Smiles in Charlotte wants to challenge patients who do not floss to make it part of their daily routine. Flossing is a small change that patients can make today to improve their health and help prevent gum and heart diseases.

Here are four things to know about gum disease and heart health.

People suffering from gum disease and heart disease share many of the same risk factors, including tobacco use, diabetes and poor nutrition.

People with moderate to advanced gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, are more likely to have heart disease than people with healthy gums.

Gum disease symptoms include swollen, red or tender gums; bleeding gums following brushing and flossing; gums that pull away from your teeth; loose teeth separating from each other and chronic bad breath.

Notify Dr. Gross if you have a family history of heart disease or are taking medications for your heart. Some medications can affect for oral health.

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