March 28th, 2018
Most people know that taking a trip to the dentist every 6-12 months can keep decay and gum disease at bay, but did you know that dental checks can save your life? It may seem a little dramatic to suggest that five minutes in the chair could make the difference between life and death, but dentists are trained to identify much graver signs than cavities and swollen gums.
Dentists undertake advanced training to enable them to identify warning signs of many different health conditions. Research suggests that there is a strong link between oral and general health and often, dental symptoms can indicate an elevated risk of potentially life-threatening illnesses. Common signs of gum disease, including swollen gums and loose teeth, can also be linked to heart disease. Scientists believe that harmful bacteria associated with advanced gum disease can travel from the mouth to other parts of the body, increasing the risk of an inflammatory response, which could trigger heart attacks and strokes.
Another important reason to visit the dentist is to check for early warning signs of oral cancer. Mouth cancer, a type of cancer that has become much more common in the UK in the last decade, is often diagnosed at an advanced stage. Dentists are trained to identify early signs. Regular checks can ensure that cases are diagnosed when the chances of successful treatment are at their highest.
Dentists are also well-versed in the link between diabetes and dental health, and in some cases, they may be able to spot potential symptoms before a patient has been diagnosed with diabetes. Studies show that people who have diabetes are more prone to oral health issues, but there is also a suggestion that poor oral health can increase the risk of diabetes.
March 21st, 2018
A new study has linked poor dental health to an elevated risk of diabetes. The findings of a research project conducted in the US suggest that dental health issues may be a risk factor for diabetes.
Lead author of the study, Raynald Samoa, from the City of Hope National Medical Centre’s Department of Diabetes, Endocrinology & Metabolism in California, explained that the condition of the teeth may be an indicator of your risk of developing diabetes. The research team analysed the impact of glucose tolerance on oral health and they found that deteriorating levels of tolerance correlated with an increased number of missing teeth. Assistant professor Samoa pointed out that the study doesn’t confirm a causal relationship, but underlines the strength of the relationship between oral health and diabetes.
To reach a conclusion, the team analysed data from 9,670 adults aged over 20. All the participants had been for a dental check during the National Health and Nutrition Survey 2009-2014. The team analysed glucose tolerance states and the body mass index (BMI). To do this, they looked at test results including fasting plasma glucose, 2-hour post-challenge glucose and haemoglobin A1c. They also took into account whether diabetes was established and how it was managed.
The research team discovered that the number of missing teeth increased as glucose tolerance decreased. In the group that had normal glucose tolerance, the proportion of people with missing teeth was 45.57%, but this rose to 67.61% in the group that had abnormal glucose tolerance and 82.87 percent in the study group with established diabetes.
The findings of the study were presented at the 100th annual meeting of the Endocrine Society in Chicago on March 19th.
November 11th, 2011
There is sadly an awful link between gum disease and diabetes in London. It hard enough being a diabetic as it is- you have a weakened immune system that you have to keep on top of everyday and keep in check just to survive. You may even have to use medication in order to keep your body and its sugar levels stable. Now this makes you a prime candidate for gum disease. This can be caused by over medication that dries up your saliva and then encourage gum disease to flare-up, so you have to work doubly hard to avoid such problems occurring. Weirdly, having gum disease has also been linked with bringing on diabetes. It does appear like a vicious circle at first and one you are stuck in. But if you feel you are fighting a losing a battle, you do have a good ally- the dentist. They can set your mind at rest and help you with these issues and so you can get through any problems that may come along.
May 25th, 2011
All dentists in central London have always been aware of the importance oral hygiene, but it’s thanks to scientific studies over the past 20 years, that they now also know how a bad mouth can affect the rest of the body, and one of these examples is the link between gum disease and diabetes. Unless you are of an immaculate constitution, gum disease will get to most of us, in some form, at some stage of our lives. It emanates from poor oral hygiene and diet to begin with, growing out of the build up of plaque around the teeth. Once it sets in, it starts to poison the blood that flows into the rest of the body and if left to roam, has been proven to cause diabetes. If you have diabetes, or know anyone that has, it’s an awfully hard condition to keep on top of- you have to monitor everything you eat and drink to maintain the sugar levels in your body, or you die. Of course, some people get diabetes early on in their lives- totally unrelated to gum disease. But diabetics are among the highest group of people to then suffer from gum disease and tooth loss; it isn’t a very attractive merry-go-round to find your-self on. Either or, it makes it imperative to maintain a very intense level of oral hygiene for yourself and between you and your dentist, and the amazing range of products on the market, you have a great opportunity of fighting the problem.
May 10th, 2010
Recent reports have linked Diabetes problems with a poor oral hygiene program. If you have a bad or poor regime then infections will be a constant problem in your mouth. Where a cut is caused by a weakened gum, bacteria can leak into the blood system and roam around the body says a Central London dentist. Diabetes causes the body enough problems already, so the last thing it needs is more problems from a distant area of the body. All that is required from a diabetic is a good oral program, and that means keeping bacterium down to a safe level. For a diabetic the most dangerous time is when they are sleeping, for it is at this time that our saliva gland also sleeps. Keeping fresh water by the bed will allow the mouth to keep itself salivated; and clear from bacterium. Fluoride is naturally in water and this will not only neutralise acid build up, but it will kill off the bacterium that damages our tooth enamel. All these things will almost eliminate infections in the gums and keep them strong and healthy, which will in turn prevent infectious bacterium from entering our blood system, and causing our organs and blood production more problems. Flossing will also help enormously, and so it is important to do it right and to do it on a regular basis. Food debris is what bacteria feeds on, and the most common places it gets trapped in is in between the teeth. Brushing alone won`t remove it, and so flossing and sometimes a tooth pick will be needed. There`s a lot more to diabetes and oral hygiene than most of us give credit for, so if you are diabetic keep this in mind when caring for your teeth and you`ll have a lot less problems.
May 4th, 2010
Bad breath is a taboo subject in most social circles, and if you are a sufferer then you`re often the last to know says a City of London dentist. Testing your breath by breathing into your hands won`t give you any indication of the bad odour, your nose doesn`t allow it. Eating spicy foods is sometimes a cause of a bad odour, but this in itself is not bad breath as per say. Diabetes is a cause and a good one as it gives us an early sign of the disease, and if we are doing the right things to control it. Flossing between the teeth and regular cleaning of the teeth will seriously improve the state of your breath; you need to have a good oral hygiene routine which means brushing, flossing and washing the mouth constantly throughout the day. Just drinking ordinary water throughout the day will not only improve your body functions, but it will keep harmful bacteria at bay in the mouth. Carry flossing sticks and use them for a few minutes after every meal, they will loosen food debris and starve the bacteria of the fats and sugars that they need to survive. This bacterium dies off quickly and the decaying body`s gives off an odious odour, it all sounds disgusting and it is, just remember that this is happening in your mouth right now; and so you need to take more care. Just using a mouth deodoriser to disguise the smell won`t cure the problem, in extreme cases it is called Halitosis and it is very off putting g for anyone you are speaking directly with. Bad breath is a curable disorder, and if you need some professional help then consult with your dental surgery`s hygiene nurse. Make sure that you have a regime of oral hygiene and stick to it, you`ll see a remarked improvement in just a few days.