gum disease

How Gum Health Affects Your Overall Health

Your gums play a crucial role in protecting and supporting your teeth. But did you know that your gum health can affect the rest of your body? 

Key takeaways:

• Heart attacks and strokes have been linked to the bacteria that causes gum disease. 

• People with diabetes can easily develop infected gums which can be quite challenging to treat. 

• Gum disease has also been linked to respiratory infections such as pneumonia.

Follow your dentist’s instructions regarding gum disease.


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.