Beating gum disease now could help you enjoy a longer and healthier life
3rd June 2014
So many of us worry whether our teeth are white enough and whether our breath is fresh for those all important social events. However, compelling new evidence has shown a link between gum disease (periodontal disease) and other inflammatory diseases that affect the health and life expectancy of millions of people in the UK. In fact a recent clinical manifesto presented by the European Federation of Periodontology concluded “periodontal disease should be acknowledged as a major public health issue.”*
We asked local periodontal specialist Cristina Romao her expert opinion. Cristina said, “Very few people know about the links of gum disease to other illnesses such as Type 2 Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease and even low birth weight in new born babies. Newly emerging evidence makes the case for looking after gum health even more compelling with links to kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis and even some cancers. Whilst we like to provide fantastic new smiles for our patients, we are also very focused on ensuring implants and restorations are being placed in healthy mouths. This not only helps to ensure predictable and positive outcomes for restoring smiles but is also a very important aim in helping our patients to maintain good general health and wellbeing.”
Cristina gave us some great advice on how to prevent gum disease and what signs we should be looking out for:
- Attend your dentist and dental hygienist on a regular basis
- Spend at least two minutes brushing your teeth, twice a day
- Use floss or interdental brushes to clean between your teeth
- Bleeding when brushing is a symptom of gum inflammation
- Smoking and using tobacco products increases the risk of gum disease
- Your gums are the foundation of your teeth
- 70% of all teeth lost are due to gum disease and not tooth decay
- Don’t treat bleeding gums as normal – you wouldn’t accept unexplained bleeding from anywhere else would you?
So before you think about getting the perfect white, straight smile take care of your gums first.
*EFP Manifesto for a paradigm shift: periodontal health for a better life is available to download
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