Untreated gingivitis (gum inflammation) can lead to an overgrowth of bacteria P. gingivalis in the mouth. This harmful type of bacteria can reach your bloodstream, and potentially damage blood vessels and cause blood clots—factors that contribute to heart attacks. In fact, scientific research shows a link between untreated gum disease and heart attacks.
Preventative dentistry, such as regular dental cleanings (every 6 months) in addition to flossing and brushing twice daily can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Tip: Finish your meals with a high fiber food. Eating a carrot or apple can help scrape the plaque and bacteria off your teeth and gums!