Gum Disease and Heart HealthPosted: March 30, 2012
A large percentage (nearly 80%) of British adults suffer from some form ( mild or severe)gum disease! Gum disease can devastate your oral health, causing serious dental problems. In fact, the number one reason for adult tooth loss is untreated gum disease. Worse, though, is the effect that gum disease can have on your heart health.
Research conducted recently found that patients who had suffered heart attacks also suffered from poor oral health, too. And the AmericanAcademyof Periodontology notes that people diagnosed with gum disease are twice as likely to have heart disease.
How do you know if you have gum disease? You may have periodontal infection if your gums:
- Bleed during or after brushing your teeth
- Feel tender, swollen, or sore
- Look red or discoloured
- Form pockets around your teeth
- periodontal disease can also be ‘silent’ and you can be unaware of a problem that only a thorough examination will detect .
- teeth tender or feel as though they are moving ‘
One of the simplest ways to ensure good gum health is to brush twice, floss once, and use a fluoridated oral rinse every day. At the Harrow Dental Centre we usually recommend a regular dental review at least twice a year and regular intervals between your Oral Hygiene visits tailored to your gum health needs .
According to research published in The New England Journal of Medicine, patients who were treated for periodontitis showed improvements in endothelial (cells that line blood vessels) function. So, getting your oral health in order can also improve your overall health, too!
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With acknowledgements to Dental News