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Valentine's Day and Heart Health Awareness

A healthy smile can help your heart!

Bacteria from your mouth can invade your gums and cause infections that can travel to your heart. As a past member of the UCLA- Heart- Lung transplant team, dental examinations and care were a routine part of the protocol to keep patients safe during their organ transplant procedure and afterward as well. Immunosuppressant medications such as corticosteroids lower your ability to fight infections. If your body is overwhelmed by fighting too many battles you are less able to effectively combat other infections bacterial or viral entities like COVID. Make sure to brush, floss, and seek regular professional dental care to prevent infection and optimize your health and well being! Call us with questions or other easy health tips. 


Reference: Dental Treatment Considerations for the Pre-and Post- Organ Transplant Patient., Sakurai,K.; Drinkwater, D; Sutherland, D; Fleischamnn, J; Hage, A, Yonemura, C., CDA Journal Nov 1995

Kari L. Sakurai , D.D.S. Dr. Sakurai is on staff at UCLA Medical Center, St. John's Health, SM-UCLA Orthopedic Hospital, and at LAC+USC as Assistant Adjunct Professor of Clinical Dentistry. With over 25 years of clinical experience and teaching at cutting edge, Universities helps us deliver the evidence-based technology care to our patients.

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