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Take Care of Your Gums.............

Posted by ama1952 
Take Care of Your Gums.............
April 11, 2024 05:34PM
Here's a recent article linking gum disease to AFIB- [www.newsmax.com]
Re: Take Care of Your Gums.............
April 11, 2024 11:49PM
Thanks for the Post! Maybe that's why it might be a good idea to ask the dentist to do an aMMp8 saliva test even when we don't have an obvious gum problem.
Re: Take Care of Your Gums.............
April 11, 2024 11:54PM
"We prospectively enrolled 288 AF patients scheduled to undergo initial radiofrequency catheter ablation. Each patient underwent periodontal inflamed surface area (PISA; a quantitative index of periodontal inflammation) measurement. All eligible patients were recommended to receive periodontal treatment within the blanking period, and 97 consented. " Published paper link

This could indicate "healthy user bias." Meaning that those who consented to gum treatment are more likely to have done other healthy things (obeyed doctor's instruction & etc).

That being said, I'm a big advocate of proper gum care. This post in another group outlines various approaches to deal with severe gum disease.
Re: Take Care of Your Gums.............
April 12, 2024 07:06AM
While not directly attributable to AF, there was a famous study published probably 20 years ago now linking infected gums/periodontal disease to atherosclerosis and myocarditis. It's just an elbow swing to reach toward AF. Thanks for posting...it's all a reinforcement to clean our mouths at least once a day....thoroughly. I never fail to do mine before bed to ensure it doesn't taste, or smell, like the bottom of a bird cage next morning. My insurance allows two prophylaxes each year, and I use 'em.
Re: Take Care of Your Gums.............
April 12, 2024 11:08PM
I have a friend who nearly died due to gum disease. She developed endocarditis, which comes with a 25% mortality rate. She spent two weeks in the hospital with 5 days of that in ICU.

When I was 22, a dentist just happened to see a circular shadow under my wisdom teeth on x-ray. That shadow was a cyst that had developed. He said that cyst put me at big risk for endocarditis, which is why the oral surgeon had me on antibiotics for a month. Although the cyst was due to impacted wisdom teeth rather than gum disease, any bacterial infection in the gums and teeth can lead to endocarditis.
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