From tooth down to heart

Heart disease could come from your tooth. This ain't a joke, but it coulda happened to you.

Interference or infection of your tooth can cause pain and dysfunction in your body, including your heart. The dental problems include infection under or around your teeth and at the root, and toxins originating from the fillings.

The toxins can seep and eliminate your immune system at the time of tooth infection. Chronically degenerative diseases consequently arise throughout your body. The root of your tooth is the breeding of germs. It occasionally did some remain despite being cleaned.

Commonly used to patch cavities, amalgam could be the culprit of heart disease as well. Containing mercury, amalgam can cause an imbalance of the autonomic nervous system, and it affects the function of your heart. It can cause spasms of the blood vessels or the heart.

Also beware of cavities or damaged gum that could be the entrance of bacteria to attack the heart valves and muscles. The symptoms include fever, heart murmur, bleeding under your skin, even embolization or blockage of small blood vessels in organs of your body.

Someone with gum disease risks heart attack three times higher. The plaque, which forms on your teeth, cause chronic inflammation, irritation, swelling and bleeding. If the plaque ain't removed, the gums will stretch from your teeth over time, forming bags containing the bacteria. The most common is Streptococcus sanguis.

The bacteria have been able to produce a protein that can stimulate platelet clumping. The grains of red blood begin to clot when attaching to this protein. That's why it could be a factor causing heart attacks and strokes when these bacteria participate in your blood stream.

Thus, bacteria on your teeth can damage the health of cardiovascular system in three ways:

1. Infections caused by dental plaque can injure the wall of the coronary artery.

2. People with unhealthy gums, which tend to cause inflammation, have risks of heart attack.

3. Gum disease can lead to blood clots. Meanwhile, the buildup of cholesterol leads to narrowing of the arteries. The blood clots can close the already narrowed artery and stop the flow. This triggers a heart attack or stroke.

Hence, keep your dental health.

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