We all know gum disease is unpleasant and can lead to pain and tooth loss. But did you know that gum disease can cause even more serious health problems?
Strokes, heart disease, chest infections and Alzheimer’s have all been linked to gum disease.
This is because bacteria from the mouth can get into the blood and affect the whole body.
Proteins produced by the bacteria cause platelets in the blood to stick together, increasing the risk of blood clots that can starve the heart of oxygen. Poor blood flow and obstructions can cause heart disease, strokes and heart attacks.
The risk of bacterial chest infections can also be raised by high levels of bacteria in the mouth.
And, a recent study even linked poor oral health with Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers found people with fewer teeth had a higher risk of developing memory loss or Alzheimer’s. It is thought that gum infections that lead to tooth loss may release chemicals that cause brain inflammation. This in turn is believed to contribute to memory loss and Alzheimer’s.
How can you protect yourself? Good oral hygiene is vital. But even if you look after your teeth, you can still develop gum disease. So, it is essential to visit a dentist regularly to ensure your mouth is healthy.
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