29 Jan Healthy Gums, Healthy Life
Yet more news has emerged today that backs up our message that keeping your gums healthy is best for your general health.
A study reported in Science Magazine – https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/01/gum-disease-causing-bacteria-could-spur-alzheimer-s – Has found that the bacteria involved in gum disease are found in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s and dementia. It has been known that having an unhealthy mouth is related to Alzheimer’s but this new information means there may be a direct link. Treatment to get rid of the bacteria is now being trialled.
We say – don’t wait for this drug! The removal of dental plaque every single day from every single surface of your teeth is going to minimise your risk of infection from this bacteria.
The relationship between gum disease and heart disease has been also known for a few years. The exact cause isn’t known but we think that, as gum disease causes inflammation, this causes the whole body to respond. Of course in the first place the inflammatory response is trying to protect your body, but over time it causes damage and destruction. This is what happens to gums and the bone surrounding the teeth in response to gum disease – it may be going on at the same time in the heart.
We say – don’t take the risk! Protect yourself from the first inflammatory response by keeping plaque away. Daily brushing, cleaning in between the teeth and visits to our hygienist will protect you!
More recently released research http://ow.ly/REj830n1cO2 suggests that the relationship between diabetes and periodontal disease goes both ways. People with diabetes are known to be at higher risk of gum disease. Gum disease may make it more difficult for people who have diabetes to control their blood sugar.
We say – if you have diabetes you can improve your health by keeping your teeth and gums healthy. If you have been recently diagnosed with diabetes we will be able to help you keep plaque away every day, and minimise your risk of gum disease, therefore help you control your blood sugar levels.
To summarise, it’s what we have been saying for years, and it’s what our patients already know – keeping your teeth and gums healthy helps you stay healthy!
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