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How are healthy teeth and gums linked to heart health?

There is a link between heart disease and gum disease, so keeping the gums and teeth healthy can promote a healthy heart. Experts don’t know the exact link but think that inflammation and bacteria from gum disease is somehow related to heart disease. By keeping your teeth and gums clean and healthy, it increases your chances for heart health.

Another concern with people who have had heart disease, specifically a history of endocarditis or artificial valves, is that bacteria from the mouth can travel to the heart and cause a heart infection called endocarditis. If you have had heart disease, talk to your dentist. Let the dentist know what heart medications you are taking and what your heart conditions are.

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