ORAL HEALTH AND HEART AILMENTS

The prevalence of cardiovascular disorders is rising, and a thorough knowledge of their causes is a major focus of contemporary study. It is well knowledge that high blood pressure, cigarette use, and diabetes are common causes of heart disease. But there is a silent killer that few people are aware of, which may have an impact on your heart’s health and is usually disregarded, and that is ‘Oral Health.’ Ignoring your oral health might endanger your heart which is why Molson Park dental office brings this article to you. 

The death rate from cardiovascular illnesses has risen by almost 34%, making it the most recent health problem. According to The Global Burden of Disease Study 1990-2016, the number of deaths in India caused by cardiovascular illnesses increased to 2.8 million in 2016. It has increased from 1.3 million in 1990, with more than half of all heart-related fatalities in 2016 occurring in those under the age of 70.

Our dental cavity is home to millions of germs, and there’s a higher possibility that one of these microbes may enter the circulation and infect the heart valves or tissues.” Endocarditis, also known as infective endocarditis (IE), arises when bacteria, fungus, or other pathogens from another region of the body infect the heart through the circulation.

The infection in cardiac tissues has the potential to damage all four heart valves, which direct blood flow in the proper direction to all parts of the body. The root of this frightening illness is poor dental hygiene. Herein lies the critical necessity for basic oral hygiene, which includes brushing and flossing twice a day and visiting the dentist every six months. Even if you practise proper dental hygiene, the cardiovascular system might become contaminated with this pathogen. During dental treatments such as extractions or flap surgeries, which are frequently accompanied by bleeding, infectious microorganisms can enter the bloodstream.

While anyone can get a bacterial infection like this, people with heart conditions are at a higher risk. The American Heart Association (AHA) has issued guidelines for people with heart conditions to follow before undergoing dental procedures that involve manipulating gum tissues, digging inside the tooth, or perforating oral tissues. The recommendations include antibiotic treatment, as well as instructions to notify your dentist if you have a cardiac issue.

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