Gum Disease has a Direct Link to Heart Disease

Scientific studies have established an association between gum disease (periodontitis) and cardiovascular disease.  
It is recommended that patients with cardiovascular disease, especially those with heart valve deficiencies and or replacements, should be monitored more thoroughly regarding their teeth and gum status.
It is commonly known that gum disease can lead to tooth loss however it is important to understand that tooth and gum infections can have a detrimental effect on the rest of your body as well!