Heart disease, heart attack, congenital heart disease, whatever you call it, it’s not pretty. It’s the leading cause of death for both men and women in America. Quitting smoking, lowering cholesterol, exercising and a healthy weight can all help. But great dental hygiene is another tip that can make a difference. According to the American Academy of periodontal disease, people with gum disease are nearly twice as likely to have coronary artery disease (heart disease).