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Oral and heart health affect each other. Those who have gum disease have a much higher risk of having a stroke. In addition, patients with impaired oral hygiene also have a higher rate of bypass.

Dentists and cardiologists in Turkey have studied more than 200 medical studies, articles and other data on the possible connection between heart and dental health. Results of periodontal disease constitutes a risk factor for coronary heart failure that is a factor in causing diseases of the veins and arteries of periodontal disease, but people with gum disease have a higher risk of stroke, and shows that there is a direct connection between gum disease and clogged arteries in the legs.


Heart disease, also known as cardiovascular disease, occurs as a result of narrowing or complete blockage of the vessels, which can lead to conditions such as a heart attack, stroke, or chest tightness. Modern medicine is taking important steps towards the transformation from therapeutic medicine to preventive medicine today. In other words, the focus of today’s medicine is not to treat the disease after it has occurred, but on the contrary, to prevent the occurrence of the disease by taking the necessary precautions and eliminating preventable risk factors. The most concrete examples of these exciting developments in preventive medicine are seen in the field of heart diseases. Thanks to the awareness of ‘protecting our heart’ created by today’s medicine in society, the measures that need to be taken to protect against heart disease today have now become known by heart by people who care about their health.

Unfortunately, our genetic heritage and advancing age, which are risk factors that we cannot eliminate, are all aware of how smoking, hypertension and high cholesterol levels, an irregular lifestyle invite heart disease.

If you have diabetes or uncontrolled sugar levels, it is no longer a risk factor for heart disease, but is considered the equivalent of heart disease. In other words, those who have diabetes are considered as direct heart patients, not as candidates for heart disease.

We all know how important daily and regular sports are for our heart health. As the results of research on our heart health are announced, new risk factors are added to this list, and some of them amaze us. For example, the joint result of three or four major studies conducted in recent years; insists that one of the ways to our heart health is passing through our mouths… Yes, you haven’t heard wrong; oral health and oral hygiene have now been proven by many studies conducted in recent years to be a very important determining factor for our heart health. In short, after that, we have to get the approval of our dentist when we do our heart check-ups. Let’s look at the details of this together.

Let’s first review our classical knowledge. There have been some relationships between our oral health and our heart health that we have known for many years. But this information was not intended to protect our heart health, but to protect our heart, which already has a structural disorder and/or has undergone surgery for this reason.


Oral health is very important in children with congenital heart disease and adults with heart valve disease. The bacteria formed in carious teeth are mixed into the blood during treatments such as filling, shooting these teeth, and then settle in the problem area of the heart, which is already an area prone to infection, and multiply here is called ‘Infective endocarditis’. This condition leads to infection of the tissue lining the inner surface of the heart. Infective endocarditis is an infection that doctors are extremely wary of, requiring the patient to receive antibiotic therapy in an inpatient setting for a long time (at least six weeks), and in addition, has a high transfer risk.

Another risky group in terms of infective endocarditis is patients who have had a prosthesis inserted into their heart by an operation such as an artificial heart valve, heart patch, pacemaker. Bacteria formed in the teeth multiply on the prosthesis placed in the heart this time by the mechanism we have just mentioned, leading to the formation of an extremely deadly table that we call ‘Prosthetic endocarditis’.


Due to all these reasons mentioned above, children with congenital heart disease in adults with heart valve disease, and heart dentists and such persons must be very good with a prosthesis placed any unwanted communication to help avoid problems with your teeth before any attempts also be subjected to appropriate antibiotic treatment tasiir vital importance to be done. But in my opinion, more important is that these people are told how important oral and dental health is for them, oral and dental care is very well done to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.


What we have reviewed so far has been our classic information, but we will start giving you the information that you will be surprised by right now. Research in recent years; with the health of your teeth and gums cavities having a heart attack, if we go even further, there is a direct relationship reveals that the risk of having a stroke.

Now all dentists and doctors dealing with heart diseases have begun to insist on the importance of this issue to their patients.

In addition, there are publications explaining october relationship between periodontal disease and heart attack and reporting that the risk of bypass surgery increases in patients with poor oral hygiene. Even more interesting, the results of the study, which reported that impaired oral hygiene leads to thickening of both our jugular veins, which increases the risk of stroke, have now completely eliminated our doubts about this issue


We can summarize what technology offers to facilitate oral and dental health treatments for heart patients as follows:

Painless, bleeding-free and seamless implant applications

Laser-assisted gum treatments

Cleaning tooth decay with a laser

Production of non-allergenic intraoral prostheses with Cad-Cam

Laser cleaning of infected tooth roots.

These technologies allow heart patients to end up in the dentist’s chair during treatment in a short time without stress, and in most cases even without the use of anesthesia.


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President of Organ Transplant Center at MedicalPark Hospital Antalya

Turkey's world-renowned organ transplant specialist. Dr. Demirbaş has 104 international publications and 102 national publications.

Physician's Resume:

Born on August 7, 1963 in Çorum, Prof. Dr. Alper Demirbaş has been continuing his work as the President of MedicalPark Antalya Hospital Organ Transplantation Center since 2008.

Prof. who performed the first tissue incompatible kidney transplant in Turkey, the first blood type incompatible kidney transplant, the first kidney-pancreas transplant program and the first cadaveric donor and live donor liver transplant in Antalya. Dr. As of August 2016, Alper Demirbaş has performed 4900 kidney transplants, 500 liver transplants and 95 pancreas transplants.

In addition to being the chairman of 6 national congresses, he has also been an invited speaker at 12 international and 65 national scientific congresses. Dr. Alper Demirbaş was married and the father of 1 girl and 1 boy.


Eczacibasi Medical Award of 2002, Akdeniz University Service Award of 2005, Izder Medical Man of the Year Award of 2006, BÖHAK Medical Man of the Year Award of 2007, Sabah Mediterranean Newspaper Scientist of the Year Award of 2007, ANTIKAD Scientist of the Year Award of 2009, Social Ethics Association Award of 2010, Işık University Medical Man of the Year Award of 2015, VTV Antalya's Brand Value Award of 2015.


Doctor of Medicine Degree Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine Ankara, General Surgeon Ministry of Health Turkey EKFMG (0-477-343-8), University of Miami School of Medicine Member of Multiple Organ Transplant, ASTS Multiorgan Transplant Scholarship. Lecturer at Kyoto University. Lecturer at University of Essen, Research assistant at the University of Cambridge .

Professional Members:

American Society of Transplant Surgeons, American Transplantation Society Nominated, Middle East and Southern Africa Council Transplantation Society 2007, International Liver Transplantation Association, Turkish Transplantation Association, Turkish Society of Surgery, Turkish Hepatobiliary Surgery Association.


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