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Is that true if you brush your teeth, your heart is is going be healthy ?

Is that true if you brush your teeth, your heart is going be healthy? If yes then how?...If no then why they said that ?
Mon, 19 Aug 2013
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Dentist 's  Response

Thanks for asking the query,

If you donot brush your teeth it causes plague and calculus deposition, inflammation of the gingiva, bleeding gums which causes growth of various bacterias which are released in the blood stream.

Few bacteria causes chronic infections and increases risk of heart attack.
If you donot brush your teeth properly risk factor to heart diseases increases.

So i would advise you to maintain a good oral hygiene.
Brush your teeth twice daily.
Use interdental cleaners, dental floss, antiseptic mouthwash rinses.

Hope you find this as helpful,

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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement Dr. Saurabh Gupta's  Response

I will try my best to provide you with best possible professional recommendations to your questions. If it is true that people with poor oral health have more heart attacks, it doesn't mean the poor oral health leads to them. People with good oral hygiene may just be taking better care of themselves. In other words, people who floss and brush their teeth may also exercise regularly and follow other heart-healthy habits.

Bacteria that loiter in the mouth can cause life-threatening blood clots which could trigger the rare condition infective endocarditis.

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Dentist Dr. Bindiya Bhaskar's  Response

Welcome to healthcaremagic forum.

Maintaining oral hygiene well can improve your oral health and thereby systemic health.

If your oral hygiene is very poor,the infectious microorganisms can invade into systemic blood circulation and thereby can even cause infective endocarditis/SABE.

Maintaining oral care well can resist harbouring of pathogenic micro-organisms like staph,aureus.

So,i would suggest you to brush and floss your teeth as well as tongue daily.

Use chlorhexidine mouthrinses to gargle.

Take care.
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it is sort of the other way around: if you DO NOT brush your teeth, your risk of heart disease increases here is why: Poor dental hygiene and not brush your teeth regularly can cause unhealthy teeth, bleeding gums which might boosts the risk of heart attacks and strokes according to researchers at a September 2008 meeting of the Society for General Microbiology in Dublin. ....People with poor dental hygiene and those who don't brush their teeth regularly end up with bleeding gums, which provide an entry to the bloodstream for up to 700 different types of bacteria found in the human mouth. Failing to scrub clean your teeth will cause those germs to flourish. Many are essential to good health, and some are benign. Few trigger a biological cascade leading to chronic bacterial infections that have been associated with atherosclerosis, the main risk factor of heart attacks. "The mouth is probably the dirtiest place in the human body. If you have an open blood vessel from bleeding gums, bacteria will gain entry to your bloodstream. When bacteria get into the bloodstream they encounter tiny fragments called platelets that clot blood when you get a cut. By sticking to the platelets bacteria cause them to clot inside the blood vessel, partially blocking it. This prevents the blood flow back to the heart and we run the risk of suffering a heart attack." said Dr Steve Kerrigan of the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin, Ireland.
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