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Many patients from London have heard of the link between oral health and our general state of health, but what conditions are actually attributed, linked or maybe affected by poor oral health? The mouth has a massive amount of bacteria inside of it, most of which is totally harmless. However, from time to time the level of bacteria can increase, which can then cause an array of problems for not only the mouth but also the whole body.

Gum disease has been linked to:

  • Research has shown that there is a link between poor oral health and conditions such as heart disease, strokes and clogged arteries.
  • There is a link between tooth loss caused by gum disease before the age of 35 and Alzheimer’s.
  • When the gums are wounded, bacteria is able to enter the bloodstream, which can in turn have damaging effects on other aspects of general health.
  • Premature birth and low birth weights have been associated with gum diseases.

These are just a few examples of how oral health can affect a person’s overall health. If you are concerned about the health of your gums you should consult your dentist and or GP to prevent the spread of the infection.

Although the aforementioned conditions are unpleasant they can, for the most part, be easily avoided. By ensuring you follow a good daily dental routine the risks of these and other complications can be reduced or removed altogether.

Beat gum disease by:

  • Always brushing your teeth at least twice a day. If you need any guidance on best brushing practice speak to your dentist.
  • Replacing your toothbrush or brush head every three months.
  • Avoid exerting excess pressure while brushing, as this can inflame gums and increase the risk of gum problems.
  • Floss daily and use a good mouthwash.
  • Ensure you have a balanced diet and are using toothpaste with fluoride.

Make sure you get regular check-ups and consult your dentist if something is causing discomfort. Investing in your oral health can pay dividends to the rest of your health and keep your whole body strong and health.

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