Did you know that dental health is linked to other health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, and even an increased risk of having a stroke? Periodontal disease (also known as gum disease) is the most significant disease affecting adults today. Gum disease is a bacterial infection that has reached both the gums and bone that keep your teeth in place. About 31 percent of Americans have some form of gum disease, with the severity increasing with age. Believe it or not, when you have periodontal disease and are pregnant you have an increased risk of your baby having a low birth weight, and are seven times more likely to deliver early. Gum disease affects your heart as well. 85 percent of heart attack patients have periodontal disease. Simple dental care could help promote a good long life. It is also been said that the seventh leading cause of death for people with diabetes is gum disease. Periodontal disease worsens diabetes and vice versa. A happy mouth truly does make a happy body. Take the time twice a day to take care of those pearly whites. You and your body won’t regret it!