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Ride for Heart Success

dentist-Toronto-cherry-blossom-dentistry-ride-for-heart-TorontoOn June 1st, 2014, I was fortunate to participate in the Toronto Ride for Heart in support of the Heart and Stroke Foundation.  I completed an exciting 25 km bike ride on the Gardiner Expressway and Don Valley Parkway, shut down completely for thousands of riders.  This was my fifth time participating and I was proud to ride alongside my husband, my biggest supporter.

Heart disease is something I come across everyday amongst my patients and can not separate from their oral health.  Several studies have shown that Periodontal Disease is associated with Heart Disease.  While a cause-and-effect relationship has not yet been proven, research has indicated that periodontal disease increases the risk of heart disease.

Scientists believe that inflammation caused by periodontal disease may be responsible for the association.

Periodontal disease can also  worsen certain heart conditions. Patients at risk for infective endocarditis may require antibiotics prior to dental procedures. Your dentist and cardiologist will be able to determine if your heart condition requires use of antibiotics prior to dental procedures.

Next year I plan to be back on the highway again, pedalling in support of this great cause.  Hopefully it will be a 50 km ride to challenge myself and especially my heart.

 

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