Ask Dr. Oz: Systemic connections between the mouth and heart

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Posted on September 14, 2011 at 5:18 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 15 at 9:33 AM

A dentist in the audience asks Dr. Oz what the best thing is that she can tell her patients in terms of an oral systemic connection. 

Dr. Oz answers that there is indeed a very close association between oral disease and heart disease.  Studies have found a direct link between heart disease and the bacteria that cause gum disease.  We are constantly fighting a war inside our mouths with bacteria, and our immune system responds as if it’s being traumatized, often forming clots accordingly. Gum disease like gingivitis can become very serious as a result. 

Dr. Oz further explains the importance of flossing, and learning the art of brushing teeth correctly.

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