What does my oral health have to do with my heart health?

Periodontitis. Several studies have shown a correlation between periodontal disease and heart disease. https://www.perio.org/consumer/heart_disease http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/features/healthy-teeth-healthy-heart.
Infections. Endocarditis is an infection of a heart valve which can occur after oral surgery or dental cleaning. If you have a heart condition ask your doctor or cardiologist if you need prophylactic antibiotics before dental work. When the gums are disturbed by cleaning or brushing, bacteria can enter the blood stream and attach to heart valves or the lining of the heart.
Related to ht dz. Studies found patients with gum disease may be related to a factor in having cardiac disease.
Bloodstream. The mouth is a haven for all kinds of bacteria. Some are good and some are bad. If you leave the bad bacteria on your teeth and gums, you will get gingivitis and periodontitis. This condition allows harmful bacteria into your bloodstream which goes to all parts of your body including the heart. Inflamed, painful, bleeding gums are a sign you are allowing harmful bacteria into your bloodstream.

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