Over the summer we filled you in on periodontitis, or gum disease and the importance of spotting gum infections early before they have a chance to develop into the disease. Left untreated this can cause teeth to fall out, so it’s something to keep a close eye on. Read our Guide to Periodontitis
Since we wrote this guide, more research has been published that not only does gum disease cause problems with your teeth, but it can also put you at a greater risk of suffering from a heart attack or diabetes.
These findings were brought to light at a meeting in Malaga where experts from the fields of cardiology, periodontology, primary health care and dentistry got together to discuss latest studies and see whether there was a link between gum disease and heart disorders.
The meeting discussed ways in which these health professionals can work together to reduce the risk of these associated illnesses and we would certainly advise going straight to the dentist if you have tender, swollen, receding or bleeding gums and if you have a bad taste in your mouth, as these are all signs of gum infections.
In order to avoid gum infections in the first place, it’s all about having an excellent oral health routine, which includes brushing after meals – both your teeth and tongue to remove bacteria. We’d also recommend flossing once a day and using mouthwash. Other things to avoid for healthy gums are smoking, being stressed and grinding your teeth.
Remember that oral health affects your whole body, so by keeping your mouth and teeth healthy, you’re protecting your general health too! Come in for a check-up and let us ensure your mouth is in great shape!