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Oral Issues Could Mean Underlying Health Problems

Oral health issues can sometimes be a pointer to an underlying health issue. From increased cavities to bleeding gums, consult a doctor or dentist when symptoms occur.

Key takeaways:

– Plaque buildup on teeth and gums can lead to gum disease.
– Bacteria from gum disease can enter the bloodstream, trigging inflammation that leads to serious medical conditions like heart disease and diabetes.
– Bleeding gums when you brush is a sign of plaque and gum disease.
– Your dentist can detect symptoms of these conditions at your regular exam.
– To prevent plaque and gum disease, brush and floss regularly, and see your dentist every six months for cleanings.

Unless you just started flossing your teeth or you’re brushing too hard (in which case, ease up!), blood in the sink may indicate inflammation of your gum tissue caused by plaque buildup along the gum line.
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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.