Yes. Your oral health is linked to your whole body. Periodontal disease or PD is a serious inflammatory condition, caused by a bacterial infection, which contributes to your risk of other diseases such as heart disease and stroke. When bacteria cause gums to become infected and inflamed, the bacteria in plaque can spread and grow below the gum line. The bacteria can then enter the blood stream, travel to major organs and begin new infections. PD increases the risk of heart disease and can also aggravate existing heart conditions. Diabetes and PD are also linked. Treating and managing one can help improve the condition of the other. Maintaining good oral health can help you maintain your overall health and prevent disease.