There is a strong correlation between gum disease (and loss of teeth) and your overall health. Caring for your oral health can significantly decrease your risk for serious health conditions such as heart attacks and diabetes. Ask your dentist how to best prevent or treat your periodontitis.
Healthy gums make for healthy hearts!
This article reinforces the association between tooth loss and a higher risk for heart disease: http://www.everydayhealth.com/dental-health/tooth-loss-associated-with-higher-risk-for-heart-disease.aspx