More than 700 different bugs live inside your mouth, so it is one of the dirtiest places in the world. Only a thin layer of skin, your gums, keeps all those bugs from getting into your blood stream. We share that nasty bedtime story to explain how scientists know now that there is a strong connection between gum disease and heart trouble.
The Bristol Dental School in England says that when you have an infection like streptococcus in the mouth and your gums are bleeding from gum disease, the door is open for those bugs to get into your blood stream. Experts say this is a reminder that no matter how healthy you are, if you do not take care of your teeth you face an increased risk for heart attack.