The answer: they all prevent heart disease. With over 700 different bacteria in your mouth, its no wonder that many say the mouth is the dirtiest place in the human body.
So it makes sense that if there is a portal of entry via a tiny blood vessel in the gums, this bug may slip into the central blood system and cause ill effects. These bacteria can bind to sticky platelets and adhere to blood vessel walls and cause heart disease. Read more about the importance of good dental care.
Another good reason to get regular dental check-ups and keep up on brushing and flossing.