Sometimes we think what is brushing and cleaning your teeth to do with your heart? Gum disease can be a reason for heart disease because bacteria from infected gums can dislodge, enter the bloodstream, attach to blood vessels and increase clot formation. Endocarditis is an infection of the heart’s valves or inner lining. It occurs when germs enter into the bloodstream and settle inside the heart, often on a valve. Brushing your teeth twice a day is a mandate to maintain good oral healthcare. It is always advisable to go for a regular dental checkup in order to maintain a good oral health. Lastly I would say that taking care of your teeth and gums will not only help keep oral hygiene or make you smile better but also save your heart from various heart diseases.
Vinod C. Dixit
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