It has already been scientifically proven that patients who suffer from diabetes, kidney disease complications or the smokers are at high risk of developing periodontal disease.
However, scientists wanted to see whether heart complications do have a direct effect on oral health.
A group of researchers from Pakistan has led a study, which involved as many as 145 adults with heart disease, and 145 adults without heart complications.
Each of the participants had at least 14 natural teeth, and researchers have completely excluded from the study patients that struggle with diabetes and kidney disease, and also obese people. Here is what they have found:
- patients with heart disease complications did have a greater number of missing teeth than patients in the “healthy” control group
- heart disease patients did present more plaque deposits on their teeth than the healthy participants
- researchers concluded that patients with heart complications clearly showed a greater number of symptoms that would indicate periodontal disease
Moreover, the researchers tried to compare within the study patients who had the same gender, age or educational background.
They concluded that patients with heart disease have a 20% higher risk of developing severe oral health complications.
It has been also found that people with heart problems are extremely likely to develop gum disease.
However, the researchers weren’t able to make a clear scientific fusion regarding why or how the two conditions are linked.
Experts highly recommend that people with heart complications must pay great attention to their oral heath hygiene. This way, some of the dental and gum complications can be prevented.
The inflammation of the gums and the dental infections may actually affect the blood vessels in the organism, and subsequently may affect how the heart works. This is why it is so important to take care of your oral health, and respect a rigorous daily regimen:
- brush the teeth at least twice a day to keep away infections
- rinse the mouth with antibacterial mouthwash in order to keep away plaque formation
- floss the teeth regularly in order to eliminate all the food particles that would eventually transform into harmful bacteria that attack the teeth and the gums.