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Dental health is one of the measures that should be taken to protect against heart diseases thanks to the ‘awareness of protecting our hearts’ that has been formed in the society. Because bacteria and infections in the mouth strain the heart

Modern medicine is currently taking important steps towards the transformation from therapeutic medicine to preventive medicine. So the focus of today’s medicine is; it was not to treat the disease after its occurrence, but, on the contrary, to prevent the occurrence of the disease by taking the necessary measures 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 ‘consciousness of protecting our hearts’ created by today’s medicine in society, the measures that need to be taken to protect against heart diseases today have now become known by heart to people who care about their health. More importantly, when we take these precautions, we increase our chances of not getting heart disease quite a lot.


Unfortunately, our genetic heritage, which are risk factors that we cannot eliminate, and in response to our advancing age, we 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 with diabetes are not considered candidates for heart disease, but are considered direct heart patients. We all know how important daily and regular sports are for our heart health. 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 mouth. 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, from now on, you have to get your dentist’s approval when you have our heart checkups. Let’s look at the details of this together.


Let’s first review our classical knowledge. The information we have known for many years was not intended to protect our heart health, but to protect our heart, which already has a structural disorder or therefore has undergone surgery. Oral health becomes very important in children with congenital heart disease and adults with heart valve disease. The bacteria formed in carious teeth enter 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 leads to an infection of the tissue covering the inner surface of the heart, which we call “infectious endocarditis”. Infective endocarditis is an infection that physicians 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 october risk.

Another risky group in terms of infective endocarditis is patients who have had a prosthesis inserted into their heart with 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’. Mentioned here for all these reasons, 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 to be done before any attempts also be subjected to appropriate antibiotic treatment is vital. But in opinion, the more important thing is that oral and dental care is done very well to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.


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 technology.

Laser cleaning of infected tooth roots Thanks to these technologies developed, it is ensured that the treatment of heart patients results in a short time without stress in the dentist’s chair and even without using anesthesia in most cases.


Recent studies show that there is a direct relationship between caries on your teeth and the health of your gums and your risk of having a heart attack. In a result of the study the death rate from sudden cardiac arrest of patients over the age of 65 and with caries or gum infection was five times higher compared to patients with good oral hygiene.

After that, all dentists and doctors dealing with heart diseases began to insist on the importance of this issue to their patients. In addition, published so far, and describing the relationship between periodontal disease and heart attack, bypass surgery, the risk of damaged oral hygiene in patients with impaired oral hygiene and even more interesting that reported an increase in both the carotid artery increases the risk of stroke by causing it to thicken the layer of media and our results of a study that states that no longer our suspicions in this area is completely eliminated.

Turkey Medicals – in the recommendations we give to dental patients, we recommend that they clean their teeth and gums at least once a year, use dental floss, toothpaste and mouthwash, even if they have no complaints.


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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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