Can my heart disease affect my dental treatment?

If you have heart disease, you also have a higher risk of heart infection. That means precautions must be taken before you receive certain dental treatments. Many dental procedures can leave you susceptible to infection by bacteria. If these bacteria do cause an infection in your mouth, they can also enter your bloodstream and cause complications in other parts of your body as well. This can be extremely dangerous for people with heart disease. To prevent serious complications, you may need to take an antibiotic as a precautionary measure before getting dental treatment. This is often recommended for procedures that involve cutting your gums open.
Many studies show an as-yet-unexplained association between gum disease and several serious health conditions, including heart disease, even after adjusting for common risk factors. Because gum disease is usually painless, you may not know you have it.

If you have heart disease or heart problems, be sure to see your dentist regularly. During these screenings and cleanings, your dentist can check for any early warning signs and offer treatment at an early stage when gum disease is still reversible.

Also, be sure to let your dentist know of your condition and any medications you may be taking so these can be factored into your treatment.

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