Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of men and women in the U.S. About 655,000 Americans die from heart disease each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and research has found a link between this disease and gum health. Having gum disease can triple the risk of a heart attack, and inflammation may be the link between the two conditions.
Regular healthy habits can lower your risk of both gum disease and heart disease. If you already have one or both of these conditions, these strategies can also help you manage them.
Last updated September 8, 2021
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