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How is dental hygiene and heart conditions related?

My mother has mitral valve stenosis and often is concerned that any work / medicine they have done with her teeh ( root canal for example) may be harmful to her mitral valve heart condition. why is this? I also notice that many people on here who answer the heart disease questions have sources that are dental related (they are dental hygienists, dentists)
Asked On : Sat, 19 Dec 2009
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dental hygine is related to stenosis specially plaque and calculus around teeth because same bacteria is responsible for sub acute bacterial endocarditis.there is no direct relation between Rct and stenosis,docter asked it for leedin question.
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It is very easy to get a cut in your mouth while at the dentist( sharp metal tools) that could lead to a possible infection, from what I understand anyone with heart problems has to be very careful about this. I had to take antibiotics before every dental appointment for thirty five years( the just discontinued that for me). They can't be too careful with heart valves
Answered: Sat, 19 Dec 2009
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