Look After Your Teeth – It Could Save Your Life
Not many of us like going to the dentist, but apart from keeping them healthy, looking after our teeth could literally save your life.
Experts are increasingly discovering links between dental diseases and many other illnesses.
Regular checkups, a healthy mouth and clean teeth have, it has been proven, help to diagnose early signs of conditions ranging from anaemia through to heart disease.
The British Dental Association tells us that maintaining good oral hygiene, brushing twice a day, and avoiding sugary foods between meals can not just help us keep our teeth healthy, but can also boost overall health.
Strokes And Heart Disease
Gum disease generally starts with a build up of plaque, regular de-scaling of our teeth can reduce the levels of C-reactive protein and fibrinogen found in the plaque that has links with heart disease. It has been discovered that the bacteria get into the blood stream, where they are free to travel around the body and attack main organs, in particular the heart, and the brain – which can lead to strokes.
Experts have revealed that there is a distinct link between periodontitis and increased blood pressure
Oral bacteria have been shown to get into the lungs, causing the development of pulmonary diseases, asthma and COPD.
Periodontal inflammation has been shown to make blood sugar levels harder to control, studies in the US have found a definite link between severe periodontal diseases and deaths in diabetes patients.
Higher rates of premature births have been linked with women suffering from periodontal diseases, gum infections increase the levels of natural compounds including prostsglandin that help induce labour.
Periodontitis causes a loss of bone along with the soft tissue that helps attach the teeth to the bone. It is thought that this could be an early indication of the onset of osteoporosis
It has been determined that those suffering with severe gum diseases are twice as likely to die before the age of 64. This fact was based on a study of over 11000 people aged over 30 in the USA