Orthopedic surgeons are starting to understand the oral systemic link and the importance of having a healthy mouth before any kind of joint-replacement surgery.  

3d rendered illustration of a hip replacement

Oral pathogens can enter the bloodstream and infect the prosthetic joint (2526).  Infection of a prosthetic joint can cause total failure and result in serious complications including amputation.

Physicians and dentists have known for a long time that oral bacteria can infect artificial heart valves (40).artificial-valve

These other conditions can be affected by your oral health. Learn more by clicking the links below: