Healthy mouth, healthy body

Cardiology patients often have chronic undiagnosed dental infection

Emerging research is demonstrating the close relationship between oral health and general medical health.


Recently, I had a graphic illustration of the intimate relationship between dental and systemic health. 

I was asked by a local cardiologist to clear a patient of dental infection prior to an aortic valve replacement.

The patient had developed symptoms of sepsis. He had a 14-year history of aortic stenosis and no other relevant medical history.

His GP referred him for investigations, including blood cultures, which