Teeth as a Source of Heart Disease

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Heart disease is the leading cause of death in developed countries. In the U.S. alone an estimated 12.4 million people suffer from this disease and 1.1 million people will be exposed to serious heart problems this year.

In 2000, 16.7 million people died of this disease, or approximately 30.3% of total deaths worldwide. More than half reported from developing countries. IN Indonesia, the prevalence of heart disease from year to year increase.

In addition to classic risk factors (smoking, obesity, cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, less activity, diabetes mellitus, stress), the results of recent research states that the inflammatory reaction (inflammation) of chronic infectious diseases may also be a risk factor. Even so, only proven chronic dental disease associated with heart disease.

The mechanism for distributing

The spread of dental disease to other organs can be explained by the theory of focal infection.

Focal infection is a chronic infection somewhere and trigger the disease elsewhere. Toxins, waste materials, as well as penginfeksi microbes can spread to other places in the body such as kidneys, heart, eyes, skin. The impact of dental disease on the heart may be a coronary heart disease, inflammation of muscles, and heart valves (endocarditis).

Bacteria that shipped with the blood flow can produce enzymes that speed up the formation of blood clots so hardened walls of coronary arteries (atherosclerosis). Bacteria can also be attached to the coating (plaque) of fat in blood vessels and strengthen heart plaque. All that, impede blood flow and distribution of food resources and oxygen to the heart, so the heart does not function properly.

Early symptoms may include chest pain, include a burning feeling, depressed, and a heavy load on the left chest, which may extend to the left arm, neck, chin, and shoulders. Chest pain is also felt in the middle of the chest for several minutes. After the event is usually followed by nausea, vomiting, dizziness, cold sweat, leg and arm became cold, panting, and shortness of breath.

Will lead to prolonged angina heart attack (myocardial infarction). However, coronary heart disease often take place without any symptoms, it does not cause problems until the situation is severe.

Alternatively, the inflammatory reaction caused by dental disease increases plaque formation that spur blood vessel wall thickening. Research shows people with dental disease have a two times higher risk of coronary heart disease.


Bacteria found in dental plaque is one of the factors causing endocarditis.

Bacteria in cavities or damaged gums can enter the blood circulation through the gums are bleeding. These bacteria are easily attack the heart valves or heart muscle has been weakened. Symptoms include fever, heart murmur, bleeding under the skin, even embolization (blockage) of small blood vessels in other organs.

Although rare, this disease can be fatal and sometimes require emergency heart valve surgery. It is also highly recommended antibiotics for prophylaxis in people who suffer from heart valve prolapse, rheumatic heart disease and congenital heart defects, prior to getting dental treatment measures.

Because preventing is always better than cure, need good dental care and regular dental examinations. How to prevent the formation of tartar quite simply, is to diligently and thoroughly clean your teeth properly and correctly. Scrubbing of the tongue for 30 seconds also shown to reduce the number of bacteria in the mouth.

Brochures brushing is good and right can be obtained easily in every dentist's practice. Use dental floss (dental floss) is also very important to clean areas not easily reached by a toothbrush, especially antargigi area and also on the teeth crowding.

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