Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the US, taking more than 1 million lives every year. According to a 2016 study, gum disease increases your risk for a heart attack by 28%. Researchers believe that inflammation caused by periodontal disease may be responsible for the connection. Regular healthy habits, including twice daily brushing, flossing, choosing a healthy diet, and avoiding cigarettes and tobacco can help reduce your risk for both gum disease and heart disease. So be good to your <3 by keeping your 🙂 healthy!