People over 65 years old with periodontal disease like gingivitis, or gum inflammation, have a higher level of inflammation - and a 44% greater risk of developing cardiovascular disease. The theory is that having a chronic infection in your mouth, even if it's a small one, fires up your immune system and keeps it fired up for as long as you have the infection. What to do? Brush twice a day, floss, and see your dentist every six months. Call 928-7833 for an appointment.