Originally Posted by rosequartz
and lets not forget that along with that you may develop a heart condition because the plaque that's on your teeth somehow ends up in your arteries......
Good point, Rosequartz, but that's not precisely what happens. There is a correlation between gum disease and heart disease, meaning that people who have gum disease are more likely to get heart disease. The current theory is that having constantly swollen gums means you have inflammation in your body, and various inflammation-related substances in your blood. This inflammation then can damage the heart.
I don't know that anyone has ruled out an alternate theory: That people with bad gum disease and people with early heart disease may be making some of the same poor health choices.