Heart Disease: Keep Your Gums Healthy

People with gum disease are more likely to have heart disease than people with healthy gums.

 

Gum disease occurs when too many bacteria are thriving in the mouth. Gum disease is associated with increased risk of heart disease, possibly due to overall increased inflammation.

 

Here’s what you can do to keep your gums healthy and protect your heart:

  • Brush and floss your teeth every day.

  • See your dentist for regular cleanings and checkups.

  • Let your dentist know whether you have heart disease—you may need antibiotics before certain dental treatments. The vast majority of people with heart disease do not need antibiotics prior to dental work. However, people with prosthetic heart valves, previous history of endocarditis (infection of the heart), certain congenital heart conditions (even after surgical repair), and persons with heart transplants who have gone on to develop heart-valve problems, need antibiotics before dental procedures.

  • See your dentist if you notice bleeding or tender gums.

 

 


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