1. Your heart and your mouth--Evidence continues to support the connection between gum disease and heart disease. The American Dental Association reports that the same bacteria that cause gingivitis can cause conditions leading to heart attack and stroke. Your mouth is home to all kinds of germs. Dental health issues like gum disease or tooth decay make it easy for the harmful germs to enter your bloodstream--and head toward your heart.
2. Heart to heart with your dentist--your dentist should ask before doing work on your mouth, but it's important for you to disclose any heart issues you have. Give your dentist a complete medical history; mention any medications you're taking for a cardiovascular condition; and give the dentist your cardiologist's contact info so they can communicate about your care.
3. Keep calm at the dentist--some people are nervous about dental visits, and the situation can worsen when heart health is already compromised. If that's happening to you, talk to your dentist. Together you can work on strategies to keep your stress in check while getting a check-up or other procedure.
4. Protect your oral health --Brush at least twice daily, floss regularly, and see your dentist every six months.