Oral health - the window to your general health

The relationship between medicine and dentistry has existed since records began, but the proof of links between oral health and general health have only been documented and become more widely known during the last 10 years, certainly when I trained in 2004 we were not taught the mechanisms that connect them.

We now know that gum disease (periodontitis) affects diabetes in a bi-directional relationship, if you have untreated gum disease it's harder to control your blood sugar and also if your diabetes is untreated or uncontrolled, you will be more susceptible to gum disease.
People with untreated gum disease are more likely to suffer heart disease and strokes, lung conditions, Alzheimer's disease, certain types of cancer such as throat, oesophagus and pancreas, osteoporosis and even obesity!.

During pregnancy periodontitis can lead to pre-term births and low birth weight babies, we recommend having a dental health check when you begin planning to conceive and attend for hygiene appointments, especially during the second trimester.

This short video shows how the bacteria from the mouth enter the body and cause chaos!

 

 


If you are worried about your oral and general health, book an appointment with Dr Neil or Rachael who can talk you through any concerns and help you achieve a healthy mouth for life.