healthy risks which may be linked to gum disease

Health Risks Which May Be Linked to Gum Disease

According to research, health conditions including heart disease and cancer could have a link to gum disease. Gum disease is a common oral condition which can be prevented with regular teeth brushing, flossing, and dental cleanings.

Key takeaways:

  • Bacteria travels from the mouth through the bloodstream to other parts of the body, causing damaging inflammation and plaque buildup.
  • Research indicates a bacteria commonly associated with gum disease has been found in the brains of those with Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Inflammation in the gums can lead to inflammation in the cardiovascular system.
  • A recent study involving 68,000 adults suggests a link between gum disease and increased cancer risk.
  • Gum disease is a preventable condition through regular teeth brushing, flossing and dentist cleanings.

“Aside from the probable role of inflammation, bacteria present in the mouth might also be breathed into the lungs. Once in the lungs, the bacteria could trigger infections that directly lead to inflammation.”

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Matthew Houlton BDS(Sheffield) MFGDP(UK)

I’m Matthew Houlton, principal dentist and practice owner of Manor House Dental Practice.

Qualified from Sheffield dental hospital in 1993.

Post graduate training with Paul Tipton (Specialist Prosthodontist) from 2005-2007.

Diploma for Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) 2007.

Special interest in Orthodontics.

Yorkshire Deanary Fixed Appliance Training Scheme 2002-2004.

I have worked at York Hospital’s orthodontic department one session a week since 2009.

Member of the British Society of Occlusal Studies (the study of temporomandibular disorder).

I have two children, who keep me busy when I am not at the practice. I take a keen interest in and teach Aikido, a martial art, to keep a healthy mind and body.