11 Dec Gum disease (periodontal disease) – What is it and what can I do about it?
Did you know that many diseases are linked to your oral health?
Amazingly new research by the American Heart Association reveals that regularly brushing your teeth (for 2 minutes twice a day) can decrease the risk of developing heart problems by as much as three times!
Poor oral health has also been linked to stroke, dementia and pregnancy problems so a healthy mouth not only keeps your breath fresh but helps keeps the rest of you healthy as well.
Dr Nigel Carter OBE, CEO of the Oral Health Foundation, says: “Findings like this may sound slightly scary to hear but it could prove to be just the push we need to take better care of our oral health. This study adds to the growing scientific evidence that this is a strong link between the health of our mouth and that of our body. Looking after our mouth should be a priority every day and the benefits of doing so are simply too important to ignore.”
A common problem that we see here at Long Sutton Dentistry is gum disease. This is an entirely preventable and treatable disease and our dentists will recommend a course of treatment with Beth, our hygienist. She will also give you advice on use of products to use at home to help you to look after your oral health. Once your gum health improves it only requires regular maintenance appointments to keep on top of it and prevent any deterioration.
- Swollen, red or sensitive gums
- Bleeding gums caused by brushing, flossing or biting into solid food
- Gaps between your teeth and gums (receding gums) which may make your teeth appear longer than usual
- Bad breath (even shortly after brushing)
- Funny taste (metallic) in your mouth
- Wobbly/loose teeth or gaps between teeth that weren’t there before
- Partial dentures that no longer fit
- Pus exuding from between teeth
Regular visits to your dentist and/or hygienist and regular brushing can prevent gum disease but if you have any concerns about your oral health please give us a call on 01406 364600 – we are here to help and advise you!