“prevention is better than cure”

 

Poor dental health can have an effect on your general health.

Gum disease or even constant mild inflammation of the oral tissues can lead to heart disease, strokes, diabetes, premature births and lung disease to name just a few conditions.

So how would the health of my mouth affect my heart?

People with gum disease are more likely to suffer with coronary heart disease than people without gum disease.

Why is this you may ask?

The bacterial build up in your mouth can get into the blood stream via inflamed gums. Bacteria will result in increased proteins which your body will naturally try to reduce by creating more platelets. Clots are more likely to form, normal blood flow is reduced, in turn this leads to a reduction of nutrients and oxygen exchange and if it is in the blood vessels in the heart could result in a heart attack.

How can gum disease relate to an increased risk of strokes?

Again that bacterial build up in your blood stream and the body’s natural response to it as described above could result in reduced blood flow and clots in the vessels in your brain.

And what about diabetes?

Well this one works both ways.

If your body is already “under stress” and has a “raised inflammatory response” then it is likely that your diabetes will be unstable and more difficult for your GP to control.

In the opposite direction – those people who suffer with diabetes are more prone to infection so a good oral hygiene regime is essential to keep your risk of infection to a minimum.

Please contact us here at Dental@155 on enquiry@155unr.co.uk or call our team on 01332 209647.