Bangladesh, March 7 -- The title of this letter may have confused some readers. They possible wondered, "What do teeth have to do with the heart?" In reality, the teeth can be a potent reason behind heart disease.

Bacteria from infected gums can dislodge, enter the bloodstream, attach to blood vessels and increase clot formation. Endocarditis is an infection of the heart's valves or inner lining. It occurs when germs get into the bloodstream and settle inside the heart, often on a valve.

A person can keep clear of endocarditis by brushing his or her teeth twice a day. It is always advisable to go for regular dental checkups in order to maintain a good oral health.

Taking care of your teeth and gums will not only help your heart and give ...