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Does swallowing dental plaque causes clotting and heart disease?

Does swallowing dental plaque causes clotting and heart disease?

Plaques: Dental plaque and the plaque that occurs in the blood vessels of the heart are not one in the same. Swallowing dental plaque does not cause heart disease in the way that you are implying. While there is some controversy, there seems to be a link between patients who have periodontal (gum) problems and heart disease. It's not entirely understood at this point but appears related to inflammation. ...Read more

Dr. Bennett Werner
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Heart Diseases (Definition)

Heart disease is a condition in which a person has problems within his or her vascular system and heart, which includes both congenital birth defects and problems acquired later. Examples of heart disease include clogging (atherosclerosis) of the coronary (heart) arteries, heart attacks (obstructions of the arteries), damaged heart valves, heart muscle failure, and viral infections of the heart. Some major causes of heart disease include genetics, smoking, hypertension, high ...Read more


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If you had plaque on your teeth for 1 year will it affect your body and make you more at risk of heart disease?

If you had plaque on your teeth for 1 year will it affect your body and make you more at risk of heart disease?

Of course: A growing number of research finds that bacteria, plaque and inflammation in your mouth are linked to heart attack and stroke. See your dentist, it may actually save your life. ...Read more

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My boyfriend found out he has a plaque disease in his mouth. Also so possiblr infections. Can this cause heart disease? What are signs of heart diseas

My boyfriend found out he has a plaque disease in his mouth. Also so possiblr infections. Can this cause heart disease? What are signs of heart diseas

No: Gum disease and heart disease share common risk factors. One does not cause the other. It seems that the scientific observation that both tend to show up in the same patients has led some dentist and mds to claim that gum disease may cause heart disease. The american heart association reviewed 500 journal articles and concluded there was no proof of this. ...Read more

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Can a temper outburst in someone who has heart disease (plaque lining the arterial walls) be a catalyst for a plaque rupture and consequent mi?

Can a temper outburst in someone who has heart disease (plaque lining the arterial walls) be a catalyst for a plaque rupture and consequent mi?

It can...: Sress can release adrenaline which constricts blood vessels, increase blood pressure and enhance tendency of platelets to aggregate and cause blood clots. Triggers such as these can cause a plaque to break and form a clot causing a heart attack. Yes, intense stress or rabid loss of temper can cause a heart attack. ...Read more

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If you have a predisposition to early heart disease, would it mean you have a tendency to have smaller sized plaque or large fluffier sized?  

If you have a predisposition to early heart disease, would it mean you have a tendency to have smaller sized plaque or large fluffier sized?  

Varies: There are many factors that determine where and when an artery gets blocked.
Some heart attacks happen when a small smooth plaque cracks open and a blood clot forms. Flow is fine one second and blocked the next.
Some blockages happen gradually when a plaque gets thick and slowly blocks an artery over time.
The tendency to have heart disease could come from cholesterol type, or other factors. ...Read more

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Do small plaques in carotid signify cardiovascular heart disease? Will plaques be everywhere? I'm 41 quit smoking 2 yrs ago. Low BP cholest fine Dr say

Do small plaques in carotid signify cardiovascular heart disease? Will plaques be everywhere? I'm 41 quit smoking 2 yrs ago. Low BP cholest fine Dr say

Unknown: Small visible atherosclerotic plaquing does indicate occult disease if you will. Now whehter you have plaque elsewhere can only be ascertained by other non-invasive and invasive tests. BUT those are not indicated really at this point unless you are symptomatic. NO need to go on a fishing mission. MORE importantly, your cholesterol profile should be checked and follow a healthy lifestyle! ...Read more

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Is it safe to still get wisdom teeth pulled if I have a family history of heart disease?

Is it safe to still get wisdom teeth pulled if I have a family history of heart disease?

Yes: Be sure to inform your oral surgeon and/or anesthesiologist, but it should be manageable. ...Read more

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Cirohsis and heart disease, taking blood thinner for heart...can I get my wisdom tooth (extreme pain)extracted and what precautions do I take?

Cirohsis and heart disease, taking blood thinner for heart...can I get my wisdom tooth (extreme pain)extracted and what precautions do I take?

Yes: Co-ordinate with your doctor and or hematologistwhen your blood thinner is going to be stopped and whether you will need short term anticougulant ...Read more

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How can heart disease cause blood in mouth?

How can heart disease cause blood in mouth?

Lung microbleeds: Most often the problem is little hemorrhages from capillaries in the lungs that are under too much pressure as the right side tries to pump against a failing left side. Ordinary folks may experience this during extreme unaccustomed exercise. ...Read more

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How are heart disease - dental health related?

How are heart disease - dental health related?

Bacterial infection: Inflamed gums, or gingivitis, can increase the risk of heart disease and heart attacks. Flossing daily and keeping regular dental checkups can decrease this risk. ...Read more

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I can't stop chewing the inside of my mouth and I have peridontal disease is this dangerous with heart disease the cause if my dads death?

I can't stop chewing the inside of my mouth and I have peridontal disease is this dangerous with heart disease the cause if my dads death?

Periodontal disease: Periodontal disease should not be taken lightly. New studies have indicated increased problems with many vital organs, including your heart. Have it treated. You are young and you need a healthy mouth to live a healthy life. ...Read more

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Is it true that antibiotic prophylaxis is needed for dental procedures for people with prior rheumatic heart disease?

Is it true that antibiotic prophylaxis is needed for dental procedures for people with prior rheumatic heart disease?

Rheumatic Heart: This changes every few years- definitely check with your cardiologist to see what they recommend currently. ...Read more

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Can hand foot and mouth affect a 80yrs old with heart disease?

Can hand foot and mouth affect a 80yrs old with heart disease?

Confusing question: Certainly, if someone has gone 80 years and never had this virus they could become infected by it. It would likely cause abdominal cramps and a rash like many such viruses do that have no pattern named after them. Chances are, they had it as a kid and don't remember it, and there is no one is around that might. ...Read more

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Can rotting teeth cause heart disease or a heart attack?

Can rotting teeth cause heart disease or a heart attack?

Yes: In addition to a correlation of periodontal disease and heart disease, decayed teeth that result in dental infections that go untreated can cause heart problems.
There can be a spread of infection via fascial planes to the mediastinum, resulting in heart problems and death. ...Read more

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No proof that bad gums actually cause heart disease or strokes. Also claims that dental treatment may prevent heart attack or strokes are unwarranted.?

No proof that bad gums actually cause heart disease or strokes. Also claims that dental treatment may prevent heart attack or strokes are unwarranted.?

Occur together: As opposed to gum disease causing heart disease. They are both inflammatory diseased that can occur at the same time.
Having severe periodontal disease could be an indicator that you are susceptable to inflammatory diseases. All these disease states need to be checked and controlled. ...Read more

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Sings of heart disease in women?

Sings of heart disease in women?

Music?: "i left my heart in san francisco" always comes to mind, of course. I assume there's a typo: signs? Same as men with these caveats: premenopausal women don't get heart attacks unless they smoke, have diabetes, or use cocaine. Chest pain in older women may be atypical. In both men and women, there may be no pain at all. Shortness of breath alone may be a pain surrogate. ...Read more

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What does heart disease do to you?

What does heart disease do to you?

A lot: Depending on the actual diagnosis and severity of it, heart disease can lead to things such as fatigue, shortness of breath, chest pain, or even death. ...Read more

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How does someone get heart disease?

How does someone get heart disease?

Depends: That would depend on what type of heart disease you are talking about. There are things you are born with, there are infections, trauma, and things that are related to risk factors. Coronary artery disease for instance is more common if you have diabetes, smoke, have a high cholesterol, and a family history of the problem. ...Read more

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What heart disease can someone get?

What heart disease can someone get?

Heart disease: The most common heart diseases are atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries and hypertrophy, or thickening of the heart muscle leading to stiffness and abnormal muscle function. At their worst these both can lead to congestive heart failure, or the inability of the heart to pumps the blood adequately, with a resulting pressure buildup causing fluid to leak back into the lungs. ...Read more

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How can you diagnose heart disease?

H&P, tests: Through nuclear stress test, stress echocardiogram, echocardiogram, pet scan, ct scan, and ekgs. These tests are only used after a thorough history and physical that provides the indications for the appropriate test (s). ...Read more

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Can BP 158/98 give me heart disease?

Can BP 158/98 give me heart disease?

Not only Heart: Disease, but all sorts of vascular complications such as stroke, aortic aneurysm, kidney disease and vascular dementia. ...Read more

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How can someone get a heart disease?

Many ways: Some heart diseases are aquired through age and time. Others via infection. Others from self abuse such as not taking medications for blood pressures. Smoking, drinking and drugs can contribute as well. ...Read more

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How do I know if it is heart disease?

How do I know if it is heart disease?

See you Doctor: If what is heart disease? Please see your doctor, explain your symptoms, personal, medical and family history, any medications you are taking and your concerns. Your doctor can determine if you have symptoms of heart disease. And, if a primary or family doctor, can refer you to a cardiologist for further investigation. ...Read more

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What symptoms indicate heart disease?

Heart symptoms: Read this:

http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/heart-disease/basics/symptoms/con-20034056

Get a more detailed answer ›
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What can someone do for heart disease?

What can someone do for heart disease?

Depends on type: There are many types of heart disease. They are treated in some cases with medication, or life style changes, or even surgery. So the best advice if you think you have heart disease is to get the help of a physician to make the proper diagnosis and to then start the appropriate treatment for you problem. ...Read more

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What location did heart disease start?

What location did heart disease start?

Heart diesase: It can start anywhere in the heart - usually in the arteries that supply blood to the heart - but it can occur in the muscle as well as the valves. Many different types of heart disease are present. ...Read more

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Astemic heart disease does it progress?

Astemic heart disease does it progress?

Ischemic heart: Ischemic heart disease implies a progression of atherosclerotic changes in the coronary artery blood supply that results in a deprived state of oxygen delivery to the heart muscle. It is caused by a progression of inflammatory deposits brought on by proinflammatory risk factors (family history, hypertension, smoking, diabetes, hyperlipidemia). Reducing risk factors slows progression. ...Read more

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Which type of foods cause heart disease?

High fat: High fat, high glycemic diets tend to raise sugers, raise cholesterol, and increase our weight. All of these add to our risk profile. Aha has diets on their web site for your review. ...Read more

Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


Plaque (Definition)

A plaque is a broad, raised area on the skin. For example, patients with psoriasis have a lot of scaly plaques on their ...Read more