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3 Heart-to-Hearts to Have with Your Dentist

By Caroline Jacobson on February 11, 2016 in Dental Health


Heart disease and gum disease are related. Learn the connection:

What better gift to give yourself this Valentine's Day, than heart health! The heart wants what it wants, and your heart wants you to take care of your mouth. But that's just the beginning.

You might not think of lying in a dentist's chair as the time to bring up matters of the heart, but in a quite literal sense –taking care of your mouth can help you take care of your ticker. It's important to have good oral health habits, especially for those who afflicted with heart conditions. And part of your dental regimen should include communication with your dentist.

Here are three heart conditions that you should make sure your dentist knows about:

1. Heart Murmurs

Heart Murmurs can increase the risk for infection during oral surgery. If mouth bacteria are exposed into your bloodstream, it can travel to the heart where it will stick to the valve or the lining, causing Bacterial Endocarditis.

2. Heart Attack

If you've recently suffered a heart attack, you may need to postpone dental treatment. Cardiac patients are sometimes prescribed blood-thinning drugs, which could cause complications during procedures.

3. High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure medications cause dry mouth, a condition that can lead to increased mouth bacteria. This can put you at high risk for gum and heart disease.

Practice good oral health habits this season of love, and keep your heart AND smile happy!