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Healthy Mouth, Healthy Heart

If you have gum disease, you may be at a higher risk for heart attacks and strokes.

The bacteria that cause gum disease can spread through your bloodstream and lead to the formation of blood clots. These clots can then cause heart attacks and strokes.

 

More than 75 percent of Americans over age 35 have some form of gum disease, and are at increased risk for heart disease.

Lower your risk for heart disease by taking good care of your mouth:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste
  • Floss every day
  • Limit sugary snacks and drinks
  • Visit your dentist regularly for check-ups and cleaning

See your dentist if you have:

  • Painful gums
  • Bleeding, swollen or tender gums
  • Bad breath that won't go away
  • Sores in your mouth

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