Research has suggested that adults who have gum disease were five times more likely to develop asthma. Regardless of other factors such as age, smoking history and weight, it suggests that those with gum disease are highly at risk of suffering from the condition.
The UK has some of the highest rates of asthma in Europe and some are putting this down to our attitude to oral health. It’s estimated that less than 50% of all adults have a good oral hygiene routine. Just 31% of people use mouthwash and 22% use dental floss.
Chief Executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, Dr Nigel Carter OBE, explains how the risk of developing asthma from your oral hygiene can be lowered.
“The research points to a significant association between gum disease and asthma. Both are incredibly common.
“It is, however, as easy to prevent as it is to develop. Brushing for two minutes twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste as soon as you wake up and just before you go to bed is a staple of good oral health. Combine this with cleaning in between your teeth once a day using interdental brushes or floss and regular visits to the hygienist for a thorough clean and gum disease can easily become a thing of the past.
“Asthma is in a long line of health problems linked to gum disease which also includes heart problems, dementia, pregnancy complications and even pancreatic cancer.”