Practicing good oral hygiene does not only keep your teeth and gums healthy. It also contributes to your overall health.
Some heart conditions, though, may affect your oral health. This can result in changes in your dental treatment at home and with your dentist to prevent aggravating your condition.
At the same time, some oral problems like cavities and gum disease can lead to serious infections. These infections may contribute to or aggravate existing heart conditions.
If You Have Heart Conditions, Be Sure to Let Your Dentist Know
Your dentist is an important member of your health team. They should know if you have a heart condition or have had heart surgery before you have any dental treatments.
In addition, you should provide your dentist with an up-to-date list of the following, if you’re taking any:
- Prescription drugs
- Over-the-counter medications
- Herbal treatments
- Other nutritional supplements
When you have bleeding in your mouth, oral bacteria can enter the bloodstream and travel to the heart. You can be at risk if you have cardiac abnormalities or other heart condition.
You may be required to take antibiotics before routine dental treatments like cleaning your teeth or extractions. This is also the case if you’re undergoing more involved procedures like drainage of infected oral tissue and some oral surgeries.
If you have a pacemaker, you want to be sure the electromagnetic equipment in your dentist’s office will not interfere with your pacemaker. Your physician may even recommend that you avoid elective dental care within the first few weeks after receiving your pacemaker.
How Important is Good Oral Hygiene
If you have a heart condition, maintaining good oral hygiene becomes even more important. This is to avoid the risk of further complications.
Brushing and flossing your teeth daily combined with good eating habits and visiting your dentist regularly will control the bacteria in your mouth. If these bacteria spread, it can lead to oral infections and impact your overall health.
At Dentistry at Clarkson Village Shoppes, we partner with you in developing an oral hygiene routine. We help you ensure your teeth and gums are healthy for a long time.