Vascular Events Linked To Invasive Dental Procedure

The October 19 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine will feature published findings from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in the United Kingdom that that includes research pointing to a link between invasive dental procedures and increased risk for heart attack or stroke. U.S. Medicaid records of over 1,000 patients were analyzed. These patients had an invasive oral procedure performed, and also were victims of heart attacks or strokes. Nearly all of the patients had one or more teeth extracted, and more than half had only undergone a single procedure. 4% of these patients were hospitalized, and then died.

In the month following a dental procedure increases in risk for heart attack and stroke were noted, though risk for stroke appeared to be less than that of heart attack. Other health conditions were accounted for such as diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease.

  It's been known for a while now that certain oral bacteria are known to be responsible for cardiovascular events once they enter the blood stream. This can happen naturally through periodontal disease where pockets open up between the teeth and gums and can allow these naturally occurring bacteria entry to the vascular system. Consider these pockets to be like roads. Depending on what sort of oral surgery takes place, they can be super highways that bacteria can travel and build up plaques in arteries, leading to potential heart attack and stroke. Oral care has always been an important part of a healthy life, but more and more research is pointing to preventative care. It seems that taking care of your teeth and gums could actually save your life. For more information, check out the links on the sidebar under “conditions”. Also, be sure to read our reports: The 6 Hidden Dangers in Toothpaste

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