3 Foods for Healthy Gums & Hearts
Protect your heart by taking care of your gums.
By Emily SohnPeople with gum disease—which affects up to 50 percent of American adults—are twice as likely to suffer from heart problems.
As a result, doctors who treat gum disease and doctors who treat heart disease are teaming up with a message: dealing with one can help people avoid the other. Recently, a major heart journal and a major periodontal journal simultaneously published a consensus paper that outlines the link between the two diseases (inflammation) and urges both types of doctors to look at the body as a whole rather than a set of unrelated parts.
“The theory is if you have a certain amount of inflammation, something is going to break down somewhere [whether it’s your heart, your gums or something else],” says David Cochran, D.D.S., past president of the American Academy of Periodontology and a professor at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio.