“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.
I am pregnant, should I see my dentist regularly?
If you are pregnant and suffering with gum disease you are 3 times more likely to have your baby prematurely. It is thought that the mechanism of gum disease raises the levels of chemicals that induce labour.
And how does bacteria in your mouth result in lung disease?
Bacterial chest infections are thought to be caused by breathing fine droplets from the throat and oral cavity.
People with gum disease have a higher bacterial count in their mouth, making them more likely to get chest infections.
So now that 12-point Dental Health Check with us here at Dental@155 seems like a really good idea doesn’t it?
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or call 01332 209647.