Published On: Fri, Jan 22nd, 2016

Not brushing the teeth can cause for heart attack


Some new research studies have revealed that there is a huge connection between brushing and cleaning your teeth and heart diseases. Some health experts recommend that taking care of your teeth and gums is useful for oral hygiene and make you smile better but also save your heart from a variety of heart diseases.

If someone has gum disease then it can be a cause for heart disease also because bacteria from unhygienic gums can dislocate, go into the bloodstream, fasten to blood vessels and boost clot development.

Dr Subhash Chandra, who is a chairman (cardiology) at BLK Super Speciality Hospital in the capital, tells that “Swelling caused by gum disease may also trigger clot formation. Clots decrease blood flow to the heart, thereby causing an elevation in blood pressure and increasing the risk of a heart attack”,

Dr Chandra in recent times treated a patient, an 18-year-old girl who was diagnosed with endocarditis (suffering from leaking heart valve). The infection in her heart valves was caused by mouth bacteria.

The infection generally happens but sometimes it also happened because of fungi.

If someone doesn’t brush the teeth then the raising bacteria in the mouth can travel to the injured heart valves that can cause infection.

Numerous peril factors for gum disease are similar as those for heart disease, for example, tobacco use, poor nutrition and diabetes.

The people who have chronic gum disease have a great danger for a heart attack.

The research study was conducted on two groups, namely coronary heart disease and infection in heart valves.

Dr Tapan Ghosh, who is a director (cardiology sciences) at Paras Hospitals, Gurgaon, stated that “Poor oral health increases the risk of infection in heart valves, especially in the case of pre-existing damage in the heart valve. With such a condition, the infection due to poor oral health can reach to the already damaged heart valves, causing an infection there too.”

It is suggested to brushing your teeth two times a day for good oral healthcare and a regular dental checkup is also mandatory.

Experts warn that “One of the biggest mouth-heart connections is related to gum disease. The spread of infected bacteria by swollen and bleeding gums not only destroys the structure of teeth jawbones but can also cause heart attack,”

Dr Ramesh Garg, who is a head (gastroenterology) at Saroj Super Speciality Hospital in Delhi, further reveals that “Apart from heart attack, poor oral health hygiene may result in various serious health consequences as respiratory infections, diabetes, poor nutrition, osteoporosis and stomach disease like gastro-intestinal infection, H Pylori, gastritis and stomach cancer,”

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Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.