Tariq Drabu Warns Patients on Oral Bacteria and Heart Disease

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Tariq Drabu said, “It has recently been discovered that there may be a link between oral bacteria and heart disease.”

Tariq Drabu

Tariq Drabu

Heart disease is a significant killer in the United Kingdom, according to the NHS, and is the cause for over eighty thousand deaths each and every year.

Tariq Drabu is a Manchester based dentist and specialist oral surgeon. He was one of the youngest dentists to ever graduate in the UK before working in busy dental hospitals in the United Kingdom and abroad. Dr Drabu had a passion for oral surgery and received his Fellowship in Dental Surgery from the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh. Today he is the owner of the successful Langley Dental Practice and is also the Clinical Lead Dentist for the Oral Surgery Clinical Assessment and Treatment Services (CATS) at NHS Heywood Middleton and Rochdale. Dr Drabu is also a mentor and tutor to postgraduate dentists in oral surgery at the UCLAN Dental Clinic in Preston.

Tariq Drabu was speaking about a recent article published in the Denistry Today website on how oral bacteria could produce heart disease. The full article can be read here.

Tariq Drabu said “It has recently been discovered that there may be a link between heart disease, gum disease and tooth decay. A University of Florida study has shown that the same bacteria in responsible for heart and gum diseases. This study, which was reported at the annual meeting of the American Society of Microbiology, was carried out on mice and involved injecting oral bacteria into the blood stream, increasing the risk for atherosclerotic heart disease.”

Tariq Drabu went on to say, “The American Heart Association has acknowledged the link, but they don’t see the correlation as a cause. It was interesting to see that the mice that were injected with the oral bacteria showed signs of higher cholesterol and inflammation, both of which are associated with heart disease.”

Tariq Drabu closed in saying “Heart disease is a significant killer in the United Kingdom, according to the NHS, and is the cause for over eighty thousand deaths each and every year. Men are at higher risk than women when it comes to heart disease. This disease is the cause of death in one in five men and one in eight women. There are many ways to prevent the disease from eating a healthy diet to maintaining sugar and cholesterol levels. Now we also know that good oral health may also have a positive outcome on those prone to this disease.”

About Tariq Drabu
Tariq Drabu is a leading dentist and specialist oral surgeon. This Manchester born and educated dentist was one of the youngest dentists to graduate in the United Kingdom. He has worked at some of the busiest hospitals in the UK and Saudi Arabia and completed his Fellowship in Dental Surgery from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He is the owner of the very successful Langley Dental Practice and is also the Clinical Lead Dentist for the Oral Surgery Clinical Assessment and Treatment Services at NHS Heywood Middleton and Rochdale. Tariq Drabu also teaches and mentors postgraduate dentists in oral surgery at the UCLAN Dental Clinic in Preston.

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