Hi. My name is Dr. Neela Patel. One of the questions that I'm frequently asked is what is the connection between your oral health and heart disease. The main connection between your oral health and heart disease starts with the bacteria that actually causes periodontal or gum disease. The same bacteria has been found in the plaques that cause arthrosclerosis that can lead to a heart attack in your vessels, so it is very important that you see a dentist and that you stay on top of the health of your periodontium, which is the health of your gums and your bones in your mouth so that you can help prevent having future heart disease and issues with your heart.