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Gum Disease Can Kill More Than Your Smile

Heart Disease

Bacteria from the mouth can get into the bloodstream when the gums are inflamed. This bacteria can get mixed up with blood-clotting cells called platelets. These clumps of cells and bacteria can lodge inside the walls of the blood vessels, causing heart–stopping clots to form. These clots are what lead to heart disease. Keeping your gums healthy can reduce your risk of a heart attack.


The presence of any gum inflammation can make it much more difficult for a diabetic to control their blood sugar. Elimination of any gum inflammation can directly improve diabetic control.

Ulcers (stomach)

The bacteria that collect in your mouth when gum disease is present are the same bacteria that cause gastric ulcers. If the bacterial count in the mouth is high, these bacteria can constantly be traveling to the stomach, re-infecting and causing a return of ulcers.

Pre-Term Births

Women with gum disease are seven to eight times more likely to give birth prematurely to low birth weight babies. Researchers believe that low-grade gum inflammation causes the body to release inflammatory chemicals, which are linked to pre-term birth.


A new study of fatty deposits lodged in the carotid arteries of stroke sufferers shows that up to 40% of the bacteria that cause the fatty deposits come from the mouth if the gums are inflamed.

Bacteria that build up between the tooth and gum can enter into the bloodstream whenever your gums bleed. These bacteria can travel throughout your body and cause serious health problems.


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