Everyone knows how important it is to take care of your teeth. However, a study from Ireland’s Royal College of Surgeons and the United Kingdom’s University of Bristol demonstrated that neglecting to establish a good oral healthcare routine could be deadly. Scientists discovered that germs in your mouth which escape into your bloodstream may lead to a condition known as Endocarditis, which occurs when blood clots infect the inner lining of your heart. The research further supported the importance behind brushing and flossing every day.

Patients who are diagnosed with Endocarditis are at an increased risk for potentially fatal complications, such as stroke and organ damage. The inflammation occurs when bacteria from various parts of your body, including the mouth, make their way through the bloodstream and latch on to damaged parts of your heart. 

Individuals with sensitive oral tissue are especially at risk. Analysts have found that the dangerous plaque in mouths enter a person’s bloodstream through bleeding gums. 

”About 30 percent of people with infective Endocarditis die and most will require surgery for replacement of the infected heart valve with a metal or animal valve,” said the University of Bristol’s Dr. Helen Petersen, in a statement. 

Adults and children who are undoing orthodontic treatment are especially at risk for this condition. Braces can make it more difficult for patients to ensure that they eliminate plaque when they brush their teeth. To prevent any dangerous buildup of bacteria, you should remember to brush after every meal and floss at night. You may also want to consider rinsing with an anti-plaque mouthwash, which can help get rid of germs in your mouth. If you would like more information on how to keep your teeth and gums healthy when you have braces, consult your New York orthodontist today.


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