As we get older, brushing our teeth twice a day is no longer enough.
Steer clear of refined foods and carbonated beverages because they can damage your teeth structure.
It’s time we looked back at a very well-liked theory from the late 1970s and early 1980s about the link between oral health and the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Why now, though? We recently passed through an exceptional period when a virus held the world held hostage.
Although Covid-19 was a communicable illness, there are many non-communicable illnesses that are just as dangerous, with cardiovascular disease topping the list.
In addition to unhealthy lifestyle choices, excess weight, uncontrolled diabetes,Poor oral hygiene can affect the heart’s ability to function normally, along with high cholesterol.
More than 700 oral microbes reside in the oral cavity.
While some of them are helpful bacteria, the majority of them are not. When the balance between the good and bad microorganisms is lost, infections in the oral cavity result.
According to a recent 2021 review article in the American Journal of Preventive Cardiology
It is reported that periodontal diseases affect 47% of adults aged 30 years and older, and the infection rate only increases with age, accounting for nearly 70% of adults ages 65 and above.
According to a recent 2021 review article in the American Journal of Preventive Cardiology.
Patients who also smoke, have diabetes, or are obese are more likely to develop atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease and periodontal disease (ASCVD).
Acute coronary heart disease events are estimated to be 24–35% more likely to occur in people with periodontal disease and to have a 3.5-fold increased risk of ASVCD.
The idea that oral infections can spread to the heart extends beyond just periodontal conditions.
It was once believed that rheumatic heart disease was brought on by dental infections from infected teeth
Gums that could travel through the blood and lodge in the heart valves.
For high-risk patients, the use of antibiotic prophylaxis prior to dental procedures is still common.
The dental microbiome and the oral microbiome of people with coronary artery disease (CAD) are similar in terms of their microbial make-up.
Additionally, it has been demonstrated by a meta-analysis of prospective and retrospective follow-up studies that periodontal disease may raise the risk of CVD by about 20%.
Therefore, there is sufficient scientific evidence to demonstrate the importance of oral health in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.