Meneage Dental, Dentist in Cornwall really care about your well being and your oral health, and it is important to us to advise you on preventative treatments and what you can do to help your oral health at home. Having poor oral health is not just about toothache and decay and it has a much wider impact on your overall health. The latest research shows evidence linking poor oral health to serious health conditions. Have a read below and share with your family and friends.

Heart disease and heart attacks, clean your teeth regularly…
Gum disease has been linked to the likelihood of suffering a heart attack being as a result of the bacteria from the mouth getting into the bloodstream. The bacteria produce protein, which can affect the heart by causing the platelets in the blood to stick together in the blood vessels of the heart, making clots more likely to form.

Blood clots can reduce normal blood flow, so that the heart does not get all the nutrients and oxygen it needs and this could lead to a heart attack. As a result, people with gum disease are almost twice as likely to have coronary artery disease as those without gum disease.

Strokes, visit your hygienist regularly…
New research suggests that gum disease carries a higher risk of causing a stroke than diabetes, and its impact is nearly the equivalent of high blood pressure as a major cause of strokes. There are research findings that regular visit to see your dentist and hygienist can reduce risk of heart disease and stroke and protection from heart disease and stroke was more pronounced in participants who got tooth scaling at least once a year, meaning that the more often people had their teeth cleaned, the lower their risk of heart disease and stroke.

People with diabetes are more likely to have gum disease than people without it. People who do not know they have diabetes, or whose diabetes is not under control, are especially at risk because it can increase your blood sugar. Also, if you are diabetic, you may find that you heal more slowly. If you have a problem with your gums, or have problems after visits to your dentist, discuss this with your dentist before dental treatment.

Pregnancy and oral health
Pregnant women who have gum disease may be seven times more likely to have a baby that is premature and with a low birth weight. Research suggests bacteria in the oral cavity reaches the amniotic fluid via the bloodstream and can induce early labour. Research also suggests that women whose gum disease gets worse during pregnancy have an even higher risk of having a premature baby.

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