Gum disease may contribute to heart disease


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Maintaining health of your teeth is extremely important, but it is also important to spot any risk signs in mouth that warn of or health problems that may be linked to serious diseases such as heart disease.

According to studies, untreated dental infections can increase your risk of heart disease by up to 2.7 times.

The dental specialist, Dr. Richard Marquez, said in an exclusive interview with British newspaper Express, that infections of teeth and gums may transfer to bloodstream, which in turn carries m to heart.

When asked wher an infected tooth could cause a rapid heartbeat, Dr. Marquez replied: “Dental infections can also cause heart palpitations because body is fighting to control infection, and this pushes heart to work harder.”

According to Dr. Marquez, many previous studies have found that people with gum disease are more likely to have heart health problems, including heart attacks.

And Dr. Marquez warned, against ignoring gum disease treatment, because it may increase risk of all kinds of health problems, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes and even dementia.

Dr. Marquez presented most important tips for oral health care as follows:

Eat a low amount of sugar, as harmful mouth bacteria thrive on sugar.
Brushing teeth twice a day, for two to three minutes, to remove plaque and bacteria.
Visiting a dentist and dental hygienist at least every six months.
Use a mouthwash that contains chlorhexidine to kill harmful bacteria.
Gargle with water and salt if mouthwash is not available.

Source : vistabuzz

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