Gum disease and cardiovascular disease are two major public health issues that impact a large number of Americans every day. Cardiovascular or heart disease contributes to 2,400 deaths per day, while gum or periodontal disease affects nearly 75 percent of Americans. Despite impacting separate areas of the body, research has indicated that periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease may be connected. In fact, according to Dr. Dorothy Anasinski, having one of these diseases may actually increase your risk of developing the other.