Harvard Heart Letter

Tell your dentist about your heart problems

There’s a link between dental disease and heart disease, as they share many of the same risk factors. Even though an American Heart Association expert panel recently concluded that there’s no convincing evidence that dental disease causes heart disease, researchers continue to draw that conclusion. People with heart disease should get the same regular periodontal care as anyone else. Those with heart valve problems may need to take antibiotics before dental procedures to prevent mouth bacteria from seeding the heart, a rare but dangerous event that can cause an infection known as bacterial endocarditis.
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