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Heart disease and oral dental health


Does gum disease lead to heart disease? Recent studies have shown that chronic gum disease contributes significantly to heart disease, which is one of the leading causes of death in men and women in the world. This very clear relationship was discovered when studies found that a large proportion of people with heart attack had gum disease.

How does this relationship come about?


Gum disease and the bacteria that cause it affect the condition of the entire body. A heart disease theory suggests that gum disease leads to the transmission of bacteria through the blood circulation of the body, where it adheres to the fat deposited in the blood vessels that nourish the heart. This in turn leads to the lumping or clotting of the blood and therefore the person with gum disease is exposed to severe heart attacks or strokes.

The Surgeon-general’s General Report on Oral and Dental Health emphasizes that the safety of the mouth and teeth from diseases ensures the health and wellness of the entire body. Therefore, everyone should brush and floss their teeth and check with the doctor regularly to avoid any problems with your teeth or gums.

Do heart patients need special dental care?


Heart patients must adhere to the following habits to ensure their heart health:

·  Focus and care for oral hygiene, using a brush and dental floss daily as well as visiting your dentist regularly 

  at least twice a year.

·  Notify your dentist of any heart-related health problems. Some heart diseases require special care from a dentist.

·  Perform the instructions of your dentist or attending physician carefully, in addition to taking the medications 

  he prescribes properly (e.g. antibiotics).


Will a heart patient have any serious health problems if they have an operating procedure at the dentist?


If you are visiting your dentist with a heart disease you may be at risk of bacterial endocarditis (inflammation of the internal atmosphere surrounding the heart or surrounding the heart valves). When bleeding occurs in the mouth — which is possible when you visit a dentist — certain bacteria in the mouth travel through the blood circulation of the body until it reaches one of the heart valves or tissues that was previously damaged by a disease in the heart. In this case, this leads to the destruction or even destruction of this valve or tissue.

It is necessary to stick to some preventive things that help you avoid the development of your condition to the worst where you should tell the dentist exactly what you are suffering from, the condition of your heart in addition to telling him what medications you are taking, because the dentist will write down the most important information about the health of your heart and then discuss it with the cardiologist treated to provide the best treatment methods necessary. 

Here are some heart diseases that people with severe disabilities should take when visiting a dentist:


· Installation of artificial heart valves

·  Endocarditis

· Congenital defects in the heart or valves

· Damage to heart valves and scars due to certain conditions such as joint fever

·  Drooping the metal valve with the sound of a snore.

·  Myocardial hypertrophy.

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