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Risk of Poor Oral Hygiene in Patients with Congenital Heart Disease

Risk of Poor Oral Hygiene in Patients with Congenital Heart DiseasePatients with congenital heart disease may be at an increased risk of suffering from endocarditis due to poor dental hygiene. According to a report at the 12th Annual Spring Meeting on Cardiovascular Nursing in Copenhagen, Denmark, teens and adults with congenital heart disease tend to have poorer dental hygiene than their peers who do not have heart disease, and this can leave them more vulnerable to infections.

Even though those with congenital heart disease tend to have better overall health habits, they are less likely to take care of their teeth. This leaves them more susceptible to dental health and other health complications, including bacterial endocarditis. Endocarditis is a serious, potentially life-threatening condition that affects the lining and valves of the heart. It is most common in those with artificial heart valves, damaged hearts or heart disease. Because these patients may experience abnormal blood flow through their hearts, they may be more likely to suffer from bacterial infections.

Brushing alone may not be able to improve your heart health. However, good dental hygiene may be able to reduce the risks associated with oral bacteria. Brush after meals, floss once daily and visit our dentist in West Hollywood at least every six months for a checkup and professional cleaning. If you have a history of heart disease or a congenital heart defect, talk to our dentist about preventative measures you can take to reduce oral bacteria and improve dental hygiene.

Contact our dental office today to schedule your next dental checkup.

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