Dr. David Brownstein,  editor of Dr. David Brownstein’s Natural Way to Health newsletter, is a board-certified family physician and one of the nation’s foremost practitioners of holistic medicine. Dr. Brownstein has lectured internationally to physicians and others about his success with natural hormones and nutritional therapies in his practice. His books include Drugs That Don’t Work and Natural Therapies That Do!; Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It; Salt Your Way To Health; The Miracle of Natural Hormones; Overcoming Arthritis, Overcoming Thyroid Disorders; The Guide to a Gluten-Free Diet; and The Guide to Healthy Eating. He is the medical director of the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield, Mich., where he lives with his wife, Allison, and their teenage daughters, Hailey and Jessica.

Tags: periodontal disease | heart valves | bacteria | biofilm

Dirty Mouths Endanger Heart Valves

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Infections of the heart valves are another very serious condition associated with a high mortality rate. Normally, microorganisms do not adhere to intact heart valves.

However, a damaged heart valve or a synthetic heart valve will be more susceptible to infection.

In patients with poor oral hygiene and periodontal disease, dental surgery can predispose a patient to a heart valve infection.

Why? Because the mouth is full of bacteria. When dentists clean the teeth or perform an oral surgery, such as removing a tooth, bacteria is released into the body.

If a person has a damaged heart valve, it is susceptible to colonization by these bacteria.

Once colonized, the bacteria grow rapidly and form a biofilm. When this happen, it is difficult to eradicate. If a patient is known to have a heart valve problem, they are often given antibiotics to prevent a complication. I fully support this practice.

A word of caution: When taking an antibiotic to protect a heart valve from infection, it is wise to take a good probiotic to prevent secondary problems caused by the antibiotic

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