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 If you have crowns, can you use Crest Whitestrips?

 should i take out my tongue ring before i go to the dentist?
do dentists really care? will i get a whole speach about why they are not good for your teeth? please dont answer my question w/ another question....

 Please help me what r some home remiedies for a bad tooth ache help it hurt?

 why do many parents/children kill their children/parents?

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Can it be sanded down somehow by dentist?...

 In between my teeth the gum is dark with white & hurts. My throat hurts & my glands r swollen too. What is it?

 Any opinions on Hurd, Robert J DDS - Comfort Dental in Springfield, IL?

 How are teeth supposed to fit together?
Are the top and bottom front teeth supposed to be in align on top of eachother? or does it matter?...

 calling all dentists??
hi. i have a dentist appointment 2 morrow and i NEED to lose this tooth. i was supposed to pull it out right after my last 6 month check up. i didnt. BUT its only hanging on by the gums. i tried ...

 does anyones gums bleed real bad in the morning every morning?
my gums all of the sudden started to bleed when i brushed my teeth and now they hurt all day. is this gum disease or just now sensitive teeth. what should I do and is it serious?...

 how much do dental Venners cost ? per tooth or whatever?

 how much cost braces for a little girl in usa?
she is 12!...

 Series of dental questions..?
What exactly is a root canal? (When would you have to get one? & What do dentist do when giving you a root canal?) What to expect from your first visit to the dentist in awhile?...

 I heard their are many teeth problems peopl face like tartar ,swollen gums can please list them all?
Serious answers only....

 How much does a gold grill cost?

 i actually like going to the dentist,, is this wierd?

 How much do braces cost? Invisalign? I have a gap......?
what would be the best way to have it fixed? It's 2mm. My teeth are very straight, it's just the gap I want fixed. I've heard people talking about bonding but I'm not quite sure ...

 Can chewing sugarfree gum remove sugars on your teeth?
If you eat food, and then sugars are on your teeth from it, can you chew sugarfree gum and that will get the sugars off of your teeth?...

 A few questions about dental hygene?
what does warm salted water do to your mouth? question2: how long does it take for a cavity to become a root canal? question3: Does it hurt if get a feeling without the neddle if my cavity is small? ...

 Gum Question..?
Have you ever chewed gum for so long that it became a liquidy form? That is what just happened to mine. What do you do when it happens? Swallow? I mean, you can't really spit it out without ...

What is the correlation between teeth and your heart?
I've always had tooth decay since I was old enough to have teeth. Now that I am 41 yrs. old my heart specialist told me that I have PAC (premature atrial contraction) and mitral valve leakage. Upon examining my teeth, which I've had a few pulled and the others are rotting he said this is why you have heart problems. What does bad teeth and heart problems have in common?

There is no connection at all if you have healthy teeth and gums. The problem is when you have as you described rotten teeth. When you have any chronic infection going on in the body, that bacteria that causes the infection gets into your bloodstream, goes to the heart, and is pumped throughout your body. Years and Years of this lead to heart problems, stroke, premature birth and a slew of other things that the medical and dental community are really starting to understand. That is why as a hygienist I am constantly trying to get people to understand that the healthy mouth is part of having a healthy body. Decay and bone loss associated with periodontal disease is caused by an acid which is produced from plaque and bacteria, leave this in your body for years and years and you will have problems. Because you have mitral valve leakage you will prob. have to have premedication with an antibiotic for the rest of your life before dental cleanings and invasive medical procedures due to the chance of the bacteria leaking into your body. When the body has a chronic infection it is constantly on a hyper response. Your body is trying to fight this infection by sending antibodies to the source of infection. Your body was not meant to do this for a long period of time such as when you have decay or periodontal disease or both. This constant attack and hyper response wears the body down and becomes less effective as time goes on. The best thing for you to do, as I am sure they have told you is to remove all of the sources of infection and get your mouth to a state of health. Once your mouth is healthy then your body can try to start healing some of the damage that you have inflicted upon it. Don't be fooled anything that affects our body in one area can have dangerous repercussions in many other areas. We can tell so much about a person's health by just looking at their mouth and what condition it is in. Good thing you have learned what is going on now before you have worse problems down the road.

There are many recent research articles out there that study the relationship between periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease. They mainly look at the presence of c-reactive protein in the blood as it is a marker for inflammation in both periodontitis and people with cardivascular disease. Of the articles I've read, they do seem to show some correlation, but it has yet to draw any sort of causitive conclusions. We'll have to wait and see the outcomes of further research.

There is a connection and actually it was my dentist who told me about it. I am curious as to the connection though. I know someone in cardiology and will come back and edit if I find a good site or reference for you.

Plaque contains a harmful type of bacteria that builds up in your arteries, causing heart disease. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/3114013.stm

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