Swallowing your food without chewing may result in heart ailments

It’s no secret that a lackadaisical approach to dental care not only leads to fillings and gum disease, but it could also cause heart ailments, say doctors

Swallowing your food without chewing may result in heart ailments

Oral hygiene is often the last thing on your mind when it comes to maintaining a good health. But along with oral hygiene, swallowing the food is equally important, proved yet another story of a man in Mumbai.

For the 70-year-old retired Captain who had flown down to Mumbai for his medical treatment casually underwent a full body check-up. As soon as he saw dental check-up was a part of the full body check-up, he insisted on striking down the dental check-up.

Swallowing your food without chewing may result in heart ailments

“He barely had any teeth at the back of the mouth and he had 5 hanging teeth in the front. We had to persuade him to undergo the check-up,” said Dr Anisha Maydeo, Cosmetic Dental Surgeon at Global Hospitals.

 

Swallowing your food without chewing may result in heart ailments
Dr Anisha Maydeo, Cosmetic Dental Surgeon

She emphasises on the importance of chewing food. “Swallowing your food without chewing it can lead to acidity. Bad oral hygiene can result in heart ailments, as could be the reason for the Captain’s cardiac ailments too,” said Dr Maydeo.

Captain was made to understand that his ailments could be a result of poor oral hygiene, and finally he agreed to get dentures. In spite of being a foodie, the captain ignored the dental problems thinking it was very natural for his age. “The real challenge is to convince the patients to believe that teeth are a very integral part of our body and their decays can have serious consequences,” added Santosh Singh, assistant of Dr Maydeo.

Looks as they say, is very important for people and this was quite the makeover that the Captain acquired. “When it was explained to him that with dentures his wrinkles around the mouth would reduce because of the muscle fullness, he was all the more happy,” explained Dr Maydeo.

It was then that an immediate denture was made for him and the Captain left the hospital with a broad smile that has given him a new lease of life.

Dr Maydeo added, “For captain, it was like, if I am getting a treatment done, I want the best of it. And indeed, he looks much younger now with his new and perfect set of dentures.”