You’ve probably heard of the link between gum disease and heart disease. While scientists still don’t have a definitive explanation for the association, some experts are assuming the hazard occurs because gum disease increases inflammation and infection. This renders our immune systems less equipped to deal with bigger, systemic problems. Researchers have also found that when gum disease is addressed and treated, doctor’s visits and hospitalization rates go way down. Furthermore, the study determined that regular dental cleanings greatly reduced rates of gum disease and contributed to healthcare cost savings across the board. So, get thee to the hygienist—your heart will thank you for it! Have you noticed a link between the health of your mouth and your overall health? Share your experiences in the comments.