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Link Between Cardiac and Dental Health

Posted on 12/5/2022 by Jonathan J. Golab, DDS, PA
Link Between Cardiac and Dental HealthThe transmission of bacteria and other germs from the mouth to other regions of the body via the bloodstream links oral health and heart disease. These germs can attach to any damaged tissue when they get to the heart and start inflaming it. Diseases like endocarditis, an infection of the heart's inner lining, may occur from this. Inflammation brought on by oral bacteria has also been connected to other cardiovascular diseases like atherosclerosis and stroke.

Who Is at Risk?

The risk of heart disease brought on by poor dental health is highest in patients with chronic gum disorders like gingivitis or advanced periodontal disease, especially if it goes misdiagnosed and untreated. The bacteria linked to gum infections can enter the bloodstream through the mouth and bind to blood vessels, increasing your risk of cardiovascular disease. However, poor oral hygiene and a buildup of plaque put you at risk for gum disease even if there is not any obvious gum inflammation. Additionally, the bacteria can enter your bloodstream and raise your C-reactive protein, a measure of vascular inflammation. Your risk of heart disease and stroke may rise as a result.

Prevention Measures

The best approach to guard against the onset of gum disease is to practice good oral hygiene and get routine dental exams. It is advised to brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled brush that is comfortable in your mouth and reaches all of the tooth surfaces. It also advised using toothpaste that has been shown to improve gum health in four weeks and is ADA-accepted.

Additionally, you should visit our dentist for routine professional cleanings and floss every day. By taking charge of your oral health, you may prevent the development of a link between your health and your heart and maintain a healthy, attractive smile for the duration of your life. For more information call us today.
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