It might seem far-fetched, but there is a lot of evidence linking dental health to heart health. So if you have a family history of cardiovascular issues, take note!

The presence of oral bacteria (and their DNA) has been documented in heart valves and pericardial fluid in many studies. Patients affected by oral infections like periodontitis, gingivitis, etc. are exposed to many toxins and metabolic products that can negatively influence the myocardium.

Cardiovascular disease, cardiac arrhythmias, and atrial fibrillation have all been linked to dental infections. Inflammation driven by an underlying infection is considered to be a likely cause. Particularly in cases of a-fib, it’s recommended that you have a thorough dental workup.

These traces of oral bacteria have also been found in atherosclerotic plaques. So the moral of this story is: neglecting your dental hygiene can be costly to your overall health.

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