Oral Health and your Heart

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Curated News:

By Timberlake Dental curated from clevelandclinic.org

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“— there has been a long-standing belief that there is a link between these two health issues. Researchers speculate that bacteria in the mouth, which cause gum disease, move into the bloodstream and cause inflammation of the blood vessels. This, in turn, may contribute to heart disease and stroke. Alternatively, some heart medications can alter your taste, cause dry mouth or lead to gum overgrowth.”

See full article on clevelandclinic.org

Commentary:

As stated in the article, “Dr. Barzilai recommends brushing your teeth a minimum of twice daily and doing regular flossing. This will help to reduce the incidence of dental decay, gum inflammation and oral infections such as abscess formation. He also stresses the importance of frequent dental checkups if you have heart disease and making sure that your dentist knows the details of your heart condition.”