February is American Heart Month

Heart disease is very closely associated with the health of your gums. Infection of the gums causes chronic inflammation and provides an easy avenue for bacteria to enter the bloodstream. Dentists can recognize signs of gum disease long before a person notices symptoms (which can include red, puffy, gums, bleeding of the gums, bad breath, and loosening of teeth). The earlier the appropriate treatment for gum disease is provided, the better the long-term outcome for both your gums and heart.

 

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