July 12th, 2017
It is well-documented that high blood pressure, inactivity and smoking are linked to an elevated risk of heart disease, but did you know that bad breath and gum disease could also be risk factors for strokes and heart attacks?
Dr Nigel Carter OBE, chief executive of the Oral Health Foundation, claims that the scientific link between poor oral health and cardiac problems is well-founded, but insists that many people are unaware of the risks associated with oral disease. Only 1 in 6 people are aware of the connection between gum disease and type 2 diabetes and two-thirds of people don’t know that oral health problems can put you at risk of heart disease.
GP, Dr Paul Stillman, explained that inflammation of the gums could lead to the possibility of bacteria from the mouth accessing the bloodstream and travelling to other parts of the body. He added that it’s “no accident” that bacteria known as Streptococcus sanguinis, which cause gum disease, are also a contributing factor to coronary heart disease.
The advice from dentists and doctors is to keep an eye out for changes in the mouth and to ensure that your schedule regular checks. When you go to the dentist, they may be able to spot early signs and administer treatment, which will prevent the condition from progressing. Symptoms of gum disease include swollen, sore and red gums and bleeding when you brush.
Health experts are also eager for the public to be aware of other risk factors, such as a sedentary lifestyle, a poor diet, smoking and excessive alcohol consumption.
February 8th, 2017
Health experts are urging the public to take steps to protect their hearts in a new campaign ahead of National Heart Month. Every day, the heart pumps more than 7,000 litres of blood around your body, and it pays to look after it. Heart disease is one of the UK’s biggest killers, and a good oral hygiene regime is a great place to start if you’re trying to boost heart health.
As part of the campaign, experts have devised a daily routine to follow, which will help to protect the heart, starting with at least two minutes devoted to cleaning the teeth. Research shows that 25 percent of adults don’t brush their teeth once a day, let alone twice, as advised by dentists. The advice from experts is to set a timer when you brush, and to focus on each quadrant of the mouth for 30 seconds.
Regular dental visits are also of paramount importance. Neglecting dental health can prove costly for your overall health, as gum disease can be a significant risk factor for heart disease. Harmful oral bacteria can enter the bloodstream, increasing the risk of inflammatory effects elsewhere. Research suggests that having your teeth professionally cleaned just once a year can reduce the risk of stroke by 13 percent and heart attacks by 24 percent.
Other recommendations include adding berries to your breakfast, taking krill supplements, and engaging in regular exercise. There’s also good news for tea drinkers, as studies suggest that people who drink 3-6 cups of tea per day have a 45% lower risk of developing coronary heart problems than those who have fewer than 1 cup per day. Those who are keen to look after their heart are also urged to sing along to the radio to de-stress, to snack on nuts and apples, to eat at least 2 portions of oily fish per week, and to spend time in the great outdoors to boost vitamin D production.
May 31st, 2011
At any time the blood is poisoned, it is circulated straight away to the whole body by your heart. Death by serious poisoning is instantaneous because all of the organs are hit viciously at the same time and shut down through the trauma. However, a gentle, mild poisoning, builds up in the organs over time and when the body can take it no more, the organs start to fail. Dentists in the city of London have identified the risk to the heart and constant infections of the blood, by diseases that emanate from the mouth. Gum disease is the major criminal here. They will bang on and on about it, but they have a point- poor oral hygiene will get you in the end. If you’re lazy, miss appointments and fail to do the basic oral hygiene procedures, you are putting your life at risk, maybe not now, but further on down the line. Once plaque gets in, it collects around the teeth and attacks the enamel of the teeth; the bacteria that grows from this, then starts to poison the gums. In the ‘good old days’, the dentist would just pull your teeth and fit you with dentures- but that couldn’t reverse the fact your blood had already been damaged and your body infected. Come on people! How hard is it to visit your dentist regularly and to brush, floss and rinse at least twice a day? It’s your life and you choose the outcome.
September 14th, 2010
Gum disease is often overlooked as a serious threat. For some reason we often assume that the health of our teeth and gums is somehow less important than that of the rest of out body. If a person has an eye infection, the first thing they will likely do is pay a visit to a doctor to have it examined and treated but the same is not true for our teeth. A fact underlined by the statistics that show that over three quarters of adults in the UK will have gum disease at some point but only a fraction will have it treated.
You may be asking yourself what all the fuss is about, and if gum disease is really such a big deal. Well the truth is that it really is a big deal. Over the last few years more and more links have been found between gum disease and overall health. It has been found to have links with heart disease and in extreme cases can even be the cause of fatal heart attacks. And this is to say nothing of the pain and damage it can inflict upon your teeth. It has also been found that something as simple as flossing can actually add years onto your life expectancy, such is the importance of healthy gums.
Gum disease starts when plaque attacks the gum tissue around the base of the teeth. This irritates and ultimately leads to an infection. If not treated this can become very serious and painful and will spread around the mouth. Gum disease can easily spread into the bloodstream in the mouth, where it will be carried to the arteries around the heart causing a narrowing of the arteries that characterises heart disease.
The ironic thing is that despite being so serious, gum disease is easily treated providing you see your Central London dentist in sufficient time. As with all dental problems, the best form of treatment is prevention so remember to brush and floss well twice a day, every day.
August 6th, 2010
Recent research has shown that there is a connection between heart and liver disease, and gum infections says a Central London dentist. The fact that receding gums bleed raised the issue that this may have an effect on other parts of the body, so research was started to determine if there was any connection between bad oral hygiene and other vital organs. Bleeding gums are a casualty of bad oral behaviour, and this allows bacteria to enter the body via the gums and the blood system. That bacteria is a bad one and is totally alien to our body, it can enter all the vital organs and infect them causing other diseases that wouldn’t normally affect us. Oral Hygiene is a very vital part of our body`s defence system as it is an open void that allows in any foreign body, there is no protective barrier in the mouth to stop this happening. Patients with early heart and liver disease have been part of the research and it has surprised researchers that many of these have a poor Oral Hygiene regime. Bacteria comes with our food and if we are not careful enough to keep our mouths free of food debris, it will sneak into the crevices between our teeth. This provides the food for bacteria to feed off; this dies off and becomes compressed onto the teeth as tartar. It also rots our gums through the acid that bacteria produces from sugar and fat deposits. So it is vital we clean our teeth more often.
May 11th, 2010
A report by the medical professional has recently surfaced that links heart disease with a poor oral hygiene regime, advises a City of London dentist. The problem it appears, is the leaking of bacterium into the blood flow from the gums, this is a symptom of a bad oral hygiene regime which causes all kinds conditions in the mouth. These conditions allow the gums to become infected, and that in turn is a major problem from which cuts can easily occur. Once a way in is found; the bacterium finds itself in the blood system swimming alongside platelets. These are baby blood vessels that also carry anti-bodies to protect the body from the very bacterium now next to them. The reaction of the two coming together in the blood flow starts to disrupt the very immune system that the white blood vessels are part of, this then starts to complicate the function of the heart and other organs. This is all the cause of that poor oral program that many of us have, although the research isn’t complete yet, the profession has found this link. The way around it is prevention, and that has to come in the form of oral care. Flossing and brushing are just two ways of keeping down the activity in the mouth that causes acid build up, which in itself is the single most harmful act that bacterium causes. Acid kills tooth enamel and builds up harmful tartar on the teeth, both of these will cause us to lose our teeth prematurely. One of the simplest things we can do is to drink water throughout the day and night, water will keep acid production to a minimum. At night when we are asleep so is our saliva gland, and this allows acid to build up quickly. So keeping a glass of water handy is a good way of helping your teeth and your heart while you sleep.
March 22nd, 2010
Sleep apnea is a condition that causes patients’ breathing to be interrupted many times during the night on several nights of the week. It has also been found to thicken blood vessels and increase the risk of many forms of cardiovascular disease. It can be particularly dangerous in patients who have already suffered heart failure or who are currently suffering from heart disease.
The condition is caused, either when the soft palate at the back of the throat collapses temporarily blocking the airways, or when the central respiratory area of the brain stops sending messages to the lungs to breath. In both cases the situation usually corrects itself after a few seconds but if this is happening many times during a night you can imagine the strain it will be putting on the heart.
This continual deprivation of oxygen is known as ‘chronic intermittent hypoxia’ and can affect the state of the patients’ blood vessels. It can also cause pulmonary hypertension which causes the heart to have difficulty when pumping.
Sleep apnea can be diagnosed by your London dentist. They should be able to distinguish between the different types of apnea in order to provide the most effective treatment. Although in most cases, sleep apnea will not cause heart failure, it does increase the risk and will also be the underlying cause of many other health problems such as stress and anxiety. Treatment for obstructive sleep apnea will usually involve fitting some kind of dental appliance to prevent the palate collapsing during sleep but will vary on the individual.
March 13th, 2010
It sounds fairly obvious to say it, but having healthy gums usually means having healthy teeth. Maintaining a good standard of oral hygiene at all times is the key to avoiding nasty and painful oral conditions such as dental decay and gum disease. Most patients who have healthy gums also have healthy teeth and vice versa. This is because by effective cleaning of the teeth, you will also be ensuring the health of your gums.
Good oral hygiene involves effective brushing, with a soft brush and appropriate toothpaste, and also flossing. Brushing should be carried out twice a day for three minutes and flossing at least once a day. This will help to remove bacteria from the surface of the teeth and the small gaps between them. This can help to keep teeth free from decay and gum tissue healthy and able to fight off infection and irritation.
Effective oral hygiene should always be backed up by six-monthly visits to a City of London dentist. They will be able to offer the best advice about how to keep you teeth and gums healthy. They can also treat the first signs of gum disease to prevent it becoming any worse. This is very important, especially as more severe gum disease has string links to heart disease and even fatal heart attacks.
By neglecting your oral hygiene you may be allowing plaque to get the upper hand. This can cause gum disease, as it will irritate the gum tissue until it becomes infected. By keeping your teeth free from plaque, you will limit the chances of any gum irritation and help to prevent infection.
February 3rd, 2010
Dental decay can be very damaging to the health of your teeth. It can be the cause of tremendous pain due to the exposure of the dental nerve to extremes of hot and cold and other stimuli. Once decay has penetrated the protective enamel layer this also exposes the softer central part of the tooth to bacteria and the possibility of infection. Should infection take hold in the central cavity the body will produce excess white blood cells to combat it. These white blood cells battle the infected material and eventually produce an unpleasant and nasty smelling substance called pus.
This pus can build up in pockets in the gum and around the tooth causing isolated swellings called abscesses. These areas can be very sensitive and can make even the simplest everyday activity such as talking and eating extremely difficult or even impossible. Furthermore, it is possible for the abscesses to swell to such a point that they become unstable. In these circumstances even a small knock can cause the abscess to burst. Not only will this be extremely unpleasant but it can also lead to a very dangerous infection spreading around the mouth and into the bloodstream. Recent studies have proved a link between dental infection and heart disease, and even strokes so it is important to prevent any dental infection entering the blood stream.
Visiting a City of London dentist every six months can help prevent dental decay reaching a point where it breeches the enamel and prevent infections and abscesses before they have time to start. If you think you have may have a dental abscess it is important to make an appointment with a dentist as soon as possible to prevent the spread of infection to other teeth. Treatment may involve anti-biotics and even tissue removal in extreme circumstances but the earlier the infection or abscess is treated the less severe the treatment will need to be.
February 2nd, 2010
Tooth abscesses are one of the most painful and least pleasant of all the dental conditions. Abscesses are caused when tooth decay has caused a breach in the protective enamel which has allowed bacteria to penetrate to the centre of the tooth and infect the nerve area. The human body responds to infection by producing an excess of white blood cells that attack the infection. This produces a yellowy substance called pus, which builds up around the infected area. In the case of a tooth abscess, this pus swelling occurs in the tissue surrounding the tooth and can become extremely sensitive and painful. This can make everyday tasks such as talking and eating very difficult or at times even impossible.
Tooth abscesses are therefore not very pleasant at the best of times. Not only are they painful and unpleasant but they also represent a wider risk to your health. In recent years, research has been carried out into the links between dental infection and heart disease. It has been proven that dental infection, if it enters the blood stream can cause a dangerous narrowing of the arteries around the heart that can cause heart disease and be potentially fatal. It also has links to strokes and cancer that need to be taken very seriously.