Dental Periodontal Disease Linked To Heart Disease and Premature Births12 Nov, 2015
Dental Periodontal Disease Linked To Heart Disease and Premature Births
Dental Periodontal Disease or Gum Disease has been in the news a lot recently. This is because of the surprising links discovered between this condition and other medical problems. These results are both surprising and shocking and highlight the need for taking care of our dental health in order to avoid other medical problems.
Research in the USA and at European Universities found that people with serious periodontal disease, very poor dental health, were twice as likely to have serious coronary artery disease as those who did not.
In pregnant women, severe periodontal gum disease can lead to premature birth, or even still birth. It was in February 2010 in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology that this made headlines in the USA.
In the UK, in April 2010, the British Dental Foundation again highlighted this problem. They stated that by giving preventative treatment in cases of severe gum disease in pregnant women, they could help to avoid some premature births.
It is certain that genetics plays some part in who will get gum disease and who will not. However, in light of the findings about links to heart disease, premature births and other conditions such as diabetes and stroke, we should all be vigilant when it comes to our dental health.
If you have any bleeding when flossing or brushing your teeth, or you have noticed that your gums seem to be receding, you may have gum disease. You should speak to your dentist who will advise you on how to improve your gum health. Having healthy gums may be far more important to our general health than previously realised.
Author Alison Graham is interested in nutrition and health related subjects, she has written many health related articles including a HubPages article with some top tips to help you break the link between Periodontal gum disease and heart disease. She has also written about Alzheimer's disease and the discovery that eating fruits high in antioxidants may reduce the oxidative stress implicated in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's. Alison's web site, Best Buy Smoothie Maker.com is dedicated to the nutritional benefits of making smoothies at home.