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The Link Between Halitosis & Heart Disease

Halitosis, or ‘bad breath’ as it is more commonly referred, is something that affects everyone from time to time. Whether it’s from eating a certain item of food (ex: onions, etc.), lack of dental hygiene/maintenance or the result of an underlying health issue, getting to the bottom of it’s cause is important in order to remedy it.

The idea of halitosis being connected to a more serious issue is a scary thought, but a reality that everyone should be aware of.

“Bleeding gums and bad breath could be early indicators (of heart and circulatory disease). The link between oral health and overall body health is well documented and backed by robust scientific evidence. Despite this, only one in six people realizes that people with gum disease may have an increased risk of stroke or diabetes. And only one in three is aware of the heart disease link. Inflammation disrupts the outer surface of the gums and allows bacteria to penetrate the bloodstream. It’s no accident that one of the bacteria commonly associated with peridontal disease, Streptococcus sanguinis, is also implicated in coronary heart disease.” (Lauren Clark,

If you do suffer from regular bouts of halitosis and are worried about what it might mean, be mindful of your diet and consult with your medical practitioner. Regular dental visits will help to maintain your oral hygiene and could also help get to the bottom of your halitosis issue. Contact Aylmer Dentistry to schedule an appointment today!

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