DO YOU KNOW POOR ORAL HEALTH CAN LEAD TO CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE?

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Oral Hygiene is an important part of your overall health. In recent years study has shown that people who have poor oral health(as Gum disease or tooth loss) have higher rates of cardiovascular problems such as Heart attack or Stroke than people with Good oral health.  You should brush twice a day and use Dental floss regularly. If you have certain Cardiovascular conditions, you should let your Dentist know about medications that you are taking. This will help Dentist to diagnose better and have safe treatment plan for you.

REGULAR ORAL CARE ROUTINE :

  • By taking care of your teeth and gums you can reduce the chance of developing Dental decay, Gum Inflammation and other Oral infections.
  • Poor dental health increases the risk of a bacterial infection in the blood stream, which can affect the heart valves. Oral health may be particularly important if you have artificial heart valves.
  • Tooth loss patterns are connected to coronary artery disease.
  • Gum disease(periodontitis) is associated with an increased risk of developing heart disease.
  • There is a strong connection between diabetes and cardiovascular disease and evidence that people with diabetes benefit from periodontal treatment.Even though oral health isn’t a key to heart disease prevention but it’s important to take care of your gums and teeth.

DENTAL CARE INCLUDES-

  • Visit your dentist regularly for Oral examinations and professional cleanings, Every six months.
  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day.
  • Floss daily or use an Inter dental cleaner.
  • Eat a Balanced diet and limit between meal and snacks.
  • Make sure dentures fit properly to avoid trauma or injuries.

ADVICE FOR A HEALTHY HEART AND GUMS-

Physician and their Dentist should work together to focus on reducing heart disease risk and ensuring good periodontal care for patients with heart disease and gum disease. Dentist should tell patient with severe gum disease that they may have an risk for heart and blood vessel problems.people who have moderate to severe gum disease and known risk factor for heart disease such as Smoking should consider and get a medical evaluation if it’s been one or more than a year. Patient with heart disease who also have sign and symptoms of gum disease but have not been diagnosed or a High CRP level should get a Oral examination done.

GUM DISEASE SYMPTOMS AND HEART DISEASE:

How do you know if gum disease may threaten your heart? While the connection isn’t yet proven beyond a doubt,plenty of evidence points to dental disorder such as periodontal disease and gum disease (Gingivitis) having something to do with heart disease. The best defense is to adopt good oral health habits.

Healthy gums are Firm, Light pink and very Elastic says spokeswomen for ADA. if that description doesn’t fit the gums in your mouth, it’s time for a Dental check-up.Those symptoms of gum disease-

  • Bleeding after you Floss or brush.
  • Red, swollen gums.
  • Receding gums.
  • loose teeth.
  • Pus on the gums.
  • Pain when you bite or chew.

Some people are genetically more prone to periodontal and gum disease than others.So if its runs in your family you should be especially seek Dentist and get any symptoms check it out right away. Specific conditions that might be related to Heart disease are:

  • Gingivitis
  • Periodontitis
  • Pericoronitis
  • Cavities
  • Other dental and periodontal problems such as Abscesses, Missing teeth, or many other problems directly orindirectly irritate the gums and lead to infection.

WHAT DENTIST MUST KNOW IF YOU HAVE CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE?

You must gave correct and complete medical history and list of the name,dosage of all the drugs that you are consuming for your Cardiovascular condition.This will help your dentist determine the best treatment for you including medication selection for dental procedure. If you particularly nervous about undergoing a Dental treatment because you believe your stress, and fear could make your cardiac condition worse then you must talk with your Dentist first to avoid such condition before your treatment!

Regards,

Dr Shemyla

 

 

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