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Doctor shares 5 ways to maintain oral health for a healthy heart

Updated On Mar 25, 2022 05:11 PM IST

It is hypothesized that the bacteria in the mouth induce an inflammatory and immune response which can independently damage the heart. So how do we protect our hearts from the deleterious effects of periodontal disease? Here are 5 ways to maintain oral health for a healthy heart.

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According to a study published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, poor oral hygiene leads to bacteria in the blood, causing inflammation in the body. Inflammation increases the risks of atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat) and heart failure (the heart’s ability to pump blood or relax and fill with blood is impaired). (Photo by Diana Polekhina on Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Mar 25, 2022 05:11 PM IST

According to a study published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, poor oral hygiene leads to bacteria in the blood, causing inflammation in the body. Inflammation increases the risks of atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat) and heart failure (the heart’s ability to pump blood or relax and fill with blood is impaired). (Photo by Diana Polekhina on Unsplash)

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In an interview with Zarafshan Shiraz, Dr Tilak Suvarna, Senior Interventional Cardiologist at Mumbai's Asian Heart Institute, revealed, “Research studies have shown a positive association between periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease, with an estimated 3.5-fold increased risk of heart disease. The mechanism of this association is however not clear. It is hypothesized that the bacteria in the mouth induce an inflammatory and immune response which can independently damage the heart.” Asserting the need to protect our hearts from the deleterious effects of periodontal disease, he listed 5 ways to maintain oral health for a healthy heart. (Pixabay) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Mar 25, 2022 05:11 PM IST

In an interview with Zarafshan Shiraz, Dr Tilak Suvarna, Senior Interventional Cardiologist at Mumbai's Asian Heart Institute, revealed, “Research studies have shown a positive association between periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease, with an estimated 3.5-fold increased risk of heart disease. The mechanism of this association is however not clear. It is hypothesized that the bacteria in the mouth induce an inflammatory and immune response which can independently damage the heart.” Asserting the need to protect our hearts from the deleterious effects of periodontal disease, he listed 5 ways to maintain oral health for a healthy heart. (Pixabay)

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1. Brush your teeth, preferably with a soft-bristled brush at least twice a day for two minutes each time. Replace your toothbrush every three to four months as the bristles tend to get splayed or worn.  (Pixabay) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Mar 25, 2022 05:11 PM IST

1. Brush your teeth, preferably with a soft-bristled brush at least twice a day for two minutes each time. Replace your toothbrush every three to four months as the bristles tend to get splayed or worn.  (Pixabay)

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2. Use mouthwash to remove food particles left after brushing. (Photo by Towfiqu barbhuiya on Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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2. Use mouthwash to remove food particles left after brushing. (Photo by Towfiqu barbhuiya on Unsplash)

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3. Have a healthy diet and limit sugary food and drinks. (Pixabay) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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3. Have a healthy diet and limit sugary food and drinks. (Pixabay)

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4. Avoid smoking and tobacco chewing. (Pixabay) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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4. Avoid smoking and tobacco chewing. (Pixabay)

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5. Have regular dental check-ups. (Photo by Quang Tri NGUYEN on Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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5. Have regular dental check-ups. (Photo by Quang Tri NGUYEN on Unsplash)

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Taking care of your oral health is an investment in your overall health, and in a healthy heart in particular. (Pixabay) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Mar 25, 2022 05:11 PM IST

Taking care of your oral health is an investment in your overall health, and in a healthy heart in particular. (Pixabay)

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