• Serving the health care needs of Dodge and surrounding counties since 1940. 450 East 23rd Street, Fremont, Nebraska 68025, 402-721-1610

Named one of the top 100 community hospitals in the nation, Methodist Fremont Health serves the health care needs of people living in Dodge and surrounding counties. At Methodist Fremont Health we have 900 employees and 200 volunteers. There are more than 100 physicians on the active medical staff, with nearly 30 employed by Methodist Fremont Health. 

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Heart Disease: Keep Your Gums Healthy

People with gum disease are more likely to have heart disease than people with healthy gums. 

Gum disease occurs when too many bacteria are thriving in the mouth. Gum disease is linked with an increased risk for heart disease. This may be because of overall increased inflammation. 

Here’s what you can do to keep your gums healthy and protect your heart:

  • Brush and floss your teeth every day.

  • See your dentist for regular cleanings and checkups.

  • Let your dentist know whether you have heart disease—you may need antibiotics before certain dental treatments. Most people with heart disease don't need antibiotics before dental work. But people with prosthetic heart valves or valve repairs do. So do people with a history of heart infection (endocarditis) or certain congenital heart conditions (even after surgical repair).

  • See your dentist if you have bleeding or tender gums.

  • If you smoke, get help to stop. This can prevent inflammation and heart disease.

  • If you chew tobacco, get help to stop. This will preserve healthy gum tissue and good oral hygiene

Online Medical Reviewer: Lu Cunningham
Online Medical Reviewer: Raymond Kent Turley BSN MSN RN
Date Last Reviewed: 3/1/2019
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  • Serving the health care needs of Dodge and surrounding counties since 1940. 450 East 23rd Street, Fremont, Nebraska 68025, 402-721-1610

Named one of the top 100 community hospitals in the nation, Methodist Fremont Health serves the health care needs of people living in Dodge and surrounding counties. At Methodist Fremont Health we have 900 employees and 200 volunteers. There are more than 100 physicians on the active medical staff, with nearly 30 employed by Methodist Fremont Health.