Doctor insights on:
Plaque On Teeth 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
I have alot of plaque on tooth at gum line, plaque is also discolored and i drink moderate wine. Can the teeth and plaque be stained from wine?
3 Different Things: Plaque- The soft, sticky material that accumulates on your teeth constantly and is removed with brushing and flossing Calculus - Calcified plaque that has to be professionally removed. It is associated with periodontal diseases. Caries - Tooth decay. It is caused by specific bacteria within the plaque that infect the teeth and break down tooth structure with acid. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
More information : We need more information. There are way too many possibilities to answer your question properly. Where are they? What size? What color? How long have they been there? Irregular in shape? Flat or raised? Any pain or discomfort? Any medical issues? See you own dentist who may be able to answer your question or refer you to an oral surgeon or periodontist if necessary for an evaluation. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is coronary artery disease, or full plaque build up of arteries in heart possible with someone with normal overall cholesterol (170) & not diabetic?
No: Gum ideas ie caused by bacteria present in the mouth together w/ poor home care, lack of good brushing and flossing, genetic predisposition, and local irritants, such as smoking. Diabetes is caused by a problem in your pancreas where you do not produce enough insulin. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
What are the differences between atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease?
Close: The way i define it is that cardiovascular disease refers to the present of plaque (arterial disease) in the arteries of the heart. Ischemic heart disease means that the disease in the arteries has now decreased the blood flow to the heart and is affecting how it functions. Ischemic heart disease is a subset of cardiovascular disease. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Indirectly: Smoking indirectly leads to tooth decay because of the increased heat of the cigarette or cigar etc. Causing the bacteria that cause the decay to be more active, this also applies to gingivitis and periodontal disease. The other component chemicals from the smoke cause irritation and tissue damage. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
2013 says signifiant occlusive atheromatous disease of all my major cardiac vessels, and 2014 says single vessel disease, what's going on ??
Does plaque shrink teeth when it erodes the enamel, will teeth become smaller because of plaque? Can your teeth wear away without the telltale signs of cavities and discolouration?
Does coronary artery disease directly cause ventricular tachycardia or is it after heart attacks and damage etc?
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