It’s time to brush up on heart health

THE LAST WORD


A growing body of evidence confirms an association between poor oral health and cardiovascular disease (CVD).

It’s unknown how these conditions are connected but patients need to be aware that it’s a two-way street: Heart disease can negatively impact oral health and vice versa.

Many of the medications used to manage heart disease can affect the mouth, so maintenance of strict oral hygiene practices is essential.

Evidence linking poor dental hygiene and CVD came to light nearly 30 years ago. Initial studies looked at individuals with and without