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Severe gum disease linked to early death

A small prospective study has suggested that people with severe periodontitis (gum disease) may die early if they have liver damage (cirrhosis).

Key takeaways:

– Periodontitis is an inflammatory disease affecting the supporting connective tissues of the teeth

– Severe periodontitis was associated with higher risk of early death in 184 patients with liver cirrhosis

– Your dentist can advise on treatment options for gum disease

Poor oral health and periodontitis are very frequent in patients with cirrhosis

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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.