Feb 28, 2018
Almond M. Duldulao
Healthy Heart, Happy Heart
Heart disease, also referred to as cardiovascular disease, occurs when blood vessels either narrow or become completely blocked, a condition that can lead to a heart attack, stroke or chest pain. Heart disease is usually conjoined with poor food choices and lifestyle issues like smoking but little is known about the connection between oral hygiene and heart disease.
According to the Department of Health, oral disease continues to be a serious public health problem in the Philippines. The prevalence of tooth decay on permanent teeth has generally remained above 90% throughout the years. 92.4% of Filipinos have tooth decay and 78% have gum diseases (DOH, NMEDS 1998). Both are preventable and are often undiagnosed because Filipinos don‘t go to the dentist until they are in pain.
This is a huge mistake as there is evidence that poor oral hygiene impacts heart health. The bacteria that lives in your mouth, the food and sugary drinks that you take in, and your vices all work together to promote tooth decay and gum disease which increase your risk for heart disease. According to the Mayo Clinic, bacteria (and germs) enter your blood stream and reaches your heart then attach themselves to it causing damage, inflammation, and infections such as endocarditis, an infection of the inner lining of the heart and atherosclerosis (clogged arteries). The American Heart Association also confirms that stroke has also been linked to inflammation caused by oral bacteria.
Now that you know the very real dangers of neglecting your oral health or if you are experiencing bleeding gums and pain caused by tooth decay, it is very important to see your dentist and also get your heart checked as soon as possible.
World Citi Medical Center has excellent cardiologists, dentists, facilities and equipment at its Cardiovascular Center and Dental Medicine and Oral Surgery Department at the hospital‘s 2nd floor. For appointments, call +632 913 8392 |+632 913 8385 | +632 913 8389 | +63 9258 853 470 | +63 9177 085 843