A study from Harvard School of Public Health shows that people who have gum disease are at high risk for having blocked arteries in their legs, heartattacks, and strokes. Many previous studies have reported the association between gum disease and heart attacks and strokes. This study shows that men who suffer from gum disease have one and a half times the chance of having blocked arteries to their legs, while losing teeth from gum disease doubles chances. Having lost a tooth in the last six years markedly increased a person's chances of having blocked arteries. For years, doctors were unable to explain why many people with high cholesterol levels do not suffer heart attacks, while many with low levels suffer heart attacks.
Recent research show that inflammation is a stronger predictor of heart attacks than cholesterol, and inflammation is often caused by infection. There is a blood test; C-Reactive Protein, (CRP) that measures the amount of inflammation in your system.
A C-reactive protein (CRP) test is a blood test that measures the amount of a protein called C-reactive protein in your blood. C-reactive protein measures general levels of inflammation in your body. High levels of CRP are caused by infections and many long-term diseases. But a CRP test cannot show where the inflammation is located or what is causing it. Other tests are needed to find the cause and location of the inflammation
Sometimes it is not checked during routine blood work, so you must ask for it. If you have infected gums, a check with your dentist could save your life.