New research has emerged that suggests a clear link between gum health and developing some heart conditions, in particular, Atherosclerosis. This serious condition causes arteries to be clogged up with fatty substances, similar to cholesterol, which can then lead to heart attacks and strokes.
Chief Executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, Dr Nigel Carter OBE, says that this research could be the key step to discovering the link between gum health and heart disease. He said:
“This research is truly ground-breaking. The potential link between what goes on in your mouth and the health of your heart has been an intense topic of debate for some time. This research clearly shows the more you improve and maintain your gum health, the less chance there is of developing a potential life-threatening illness.
If further research supports this theory, it places even greater importance on maintaining your oral health. The good news is there is a very simple way to prevent and treat gum disease.
You need to make sure you remove all the plaque from your teeth every day. This is done by brushing for two minutes twice a day, first thing in the morning and last thing at night with fluoride toothpaste, as well as using interdental brushes or floss to clean in between teeth where gum disease starts.
Regular visits to the dentist for a thorough check-up will help your dentist identify any problems that are developing. If your gums do start to bleed this is a sign that you may have not been cleaning well enough so increase your toothbrushing. If things do not settle within a few days, get along to the dentist before problems begin to mount up.”
If you’re due a dental check up, call us on 0151 722 3000 to arrange an appointment with our dental team.