Healthy Mouth = Healthy You!

How important is a healthy mouth?

Its surprising how the health of your mouth plays a part in the health of your body. Dentistry is continuously improving; tests and research are constantly being carried out to make treatments quicker, more successful and most importantly more comfortable for the patient.

Scientists are also interested in how the body responds to treatments and how teeth and gums link to your health.  Current research shows that having unhealthy teeth and gums can have an effect on your overall health, something that dentists have long suspected.  Health problems such as:

  • Heart disease
  • Strokes
  • Diabetes
  • Respiratory disease.

Unhealthy teeth and gums do not necessarily cause these health issues but can contribute to them, further research into how they do exactly is needed.

The Heart

As you can see from the list above poor dental health can have major implications on your heart.  In fact people who suffer from Gum Disease are twice as likely to have Heart Disease than those who don’t.

Gum Disease is caused when plaque is allowed to build up on the teeth and around the gum line.  Plaque irritates the gums causing them to become inflamed and bleed.  Plaque is full of bacteria.  Its this bacteria that enters the blood stream which then produces protein.  This then causes the platelets to stick together in the blood vessels making clotting more likely.  Blood clots can reduce the flow of blood, restricting the amount of oxygen and nutrients that reach the heart.

If the flow is greatly reduced it increases the risk of a heart attack.

Signs of Gum Disease

Some of the following signs don’t necessarily mean you have Gum Disease, especially if they are only temporary.  We all experience at some time or another a sore area of the gums or bleeding gums, its when the signs become permanent and start to become an issue that you are probably developing Gum Disease.  Signs include:

  • red, swollen gums that bleed easily
  • tenderness of the gums
  • having an unpleasant taste in your mouth
  • bad breath
  • possibly loose teeth.

It is important that you see your dentist or hygienist as soon as you notice any of these symptoms.  Getting treatment early can prevent further problems from occurring in both your mouth and your body.

It is essential that you have a good oral hygiene routine at home, ensuring that your teeth are brushed twice a day and that floss or interdental brushes are used daily.  A few minutes each day will ensure you keep your teeth and that they stay healthy.

For more information regarding a healthy mouth and the possible implications involved speak to your dentist.  Alternatively why not visit our hygienist.  Vicki is the most important person in our practice.  Her role is mainly preventative and she will help you and advise you on how to keep your teeth and gums healthy.  Visit or call 01245 211070 for more information.



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