Why Gum Disease Matters to Your Heart

Heart disease is a general term that encompasses a number of different heart health conditions, including coronary heart problems that occur when plaque builds up and blocks the arteries supplying your heart with blood. So what does heart disease have to do with the presence of gum disease? As dedicated dentists in Southlake, Drs. Gregory Wright and Victoria Heron are well-acquainted with the intricacies of dental health, and how it can influence the quality of your overall systemic wellbeing. Today, they describe why gum disease and inflammation may contribute to deteriorating heart health.

Cleanliness Is Next to Healthiness

Many people recognize that brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day is vital to keeping dental diseases at bay. The hygiene routine helps you control the buildup of dental plaque, which is comprised mostly of oral bacteria. When you neglect your daily hygiene, bacteria are allowed to multiply and congregate, increasing their ability to affect your oral health. Among these germs are the bacteria that incite the inflammation present during gum disease. These same germs, called Porphyromonas gingivalis, have been found in the arterial plaque responsible for heart illnesses such as stroke, heart attack, and atherosclerosis. Experts postulate that when diseased gums bleed, they allow oral bacteria to enter your bloodstream and travel to other areas of your body. Controlling the amount of bacteria in your mouth at any given time and preventing gum disease or other dental issues from forming can help protect more than your smile; it may help save your physical health.

How to Protect Your Gums, and Your Heart

Preventing the onset of gum disease, or controlling it once the disease has developed, can be as simple as brushing and flossing your teeth after every meal, or at least twice every day. By limiting the amount of bacteria in your mouth and the plaque they form, you can stop the bacteria from becoming a threat to your oral and overall health. Also, visit Dr. Wright and Dr. Heron at least once every six months for a comprehensive dental checkup and cleaning, allowing them to periodically check and ensure that gum disease, or any other oral health issues, don’t progress into more serious trouble.


As a native Texan, Dr. Gregory Wright opened his private practice in Southlake, TX in 1992. He and Dr. Victoria Heron are happily accepting new patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and all surrounding communities. To learn more, call our office today at (817) 481-7999.