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A Visit to the Dentist Could Save Your Life

We all know that a visit to the dentist is important in order to keep a beautiful, white smile. Recent research shows that your dental check-ups could prevent serious diseases. The main culprit is periodontitis or gum disease. 

Heart Attack

Research shows strong links between tooth problems and heart disease. A recent study shows that the same bacteria that cause gum disease have also been found in the coronary arteries of people with heart problems. 

Stroke 

A ten year study has shown that patients who do not go to the dentist are at much greater risk of having a stroke than those who visit regularly. For those with tooth loss, the risk can be up to four times higher. There are several theories to explain how dental problems can cause heart attacks and stokes. One theory is that the bacteria which cause plaque may enter the bloodstream from bleeding gums. This results in complications which may lead to growths on the heart valves or blood clots.

Diabetes

It is well known that patients with diabetes are at greater risk of developing serious dental problems. There is now evidence that people with gum disease double their risk of developing diabetes type II later in life. It is believed that gum disease can raise levels of inflammatory proteins, which can prevent cells from responding to insulin properly. Insulin controls glucose, a blood sugar, and failure to do so results in type II diabetes. 

Dementia

Good oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist may help prevent memory loss. Recent findings show that healthy gums and having enough teeth to chew properly are indicators in preventing memory loss. It is likely that the bacteria from infected gums can travel to the brain, resulting in memory loss and associated diseases, such as Alzheimer’s. 

The links between dental health and the diseases discussed are worrying, but it is actually easy to prevent and treat gum disease. Help prevent gum disease and the associated health problems by brushing, flossing, and rinsing with antiseptic mouth wash at least once a day.  In addition, you should visit the dentist regularly for a check-up and cleaning. When your dentist performs a scale and polish, he or she removes tartar, leaving teeth smooth so that harmful bacteria are unable to stick to them. If gum disease is detected, your dentist may prescribe a special rinse, antibiotic gels or even medications. 

Make time in your busy life for regular dental appointments. Dental treatments, like at Ash Dental, help you to look better and, in the long term, they may add years to your life.  

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