Health news: Poor oral hygiene is bad for your heart

Patients with congenital heart disease floss, brush and visit the dentist less than their peers, and researchers say these poor dental hygiene behaviours could increase their risk of endocarditis.

`Patients with congenital heart disease are diagnosed and receive their initial treatment in childhood but this does not mean that they are cured,` said, Professor Moons.

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`They remain vulnerable for developing complications – for instance we know that in patients with congenital heart disease, binge drinking can trigger life-threatening arrhythmias and good dental hygiene helps prevent endocarditis,` he stated.

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