YOUR HEART AND TEETH ARE INTERLINKED !!!! As known, “Mouth is a mirror of all diseases”. Many systemic diseases are first diagnosed in the mouth. A healthy mouth can keep away all diseases. Several theories explain the link between periodontal diseases (Gum diseases) and heart disease. One theory is that the oral bacteria (like eg. Streptococci spp, P. Gingivalis, T. forsythia and T. dencticola) can affect the heart when they enter the blood stream attaching to the blood platelets in the coronary arteries (heart blood vessels)leading to a clot formation. This clot can obstruct a normal blood flow restricting the amount of nutrients and oxygen required for the heart to function properly. This may lead to heart attacks. Researchers have found that people with periodontal diseases are almost twice as likely to suffer from heart diseases as those without periodontal diseases. Stroke: Some studies have shown a relationship between periodontal diseases and stroke. People diagnosed with acute cerebrovascular ischemia were found more likely to have an oral infection. Symptoms of Gum diseases: • Reddish and swollen gums. • Bleeding from gums while brushing or any mild pressure applied over the gums. • Severe brownish or yellowish rough deposits on the teeth. How to take care? • Brush twice daily with proper brushing technique as suggested by your dentist. • Massage your gums regularly after brushing, to stimulate proper blood flow. • Change your brush once in 3 months. • Visit your dentist once in 6 months for a professional cleaning.

Doctor Dr. Arun Suraj S, 2013051514:13:03

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