18 Mar

Early treatment from London dentist helps patient to cure periodontal disease

Recent evidence suggest that periodontal disease, also known as gingivitis or gum disease, has strong links with heart disease and even fatal heart attacks. Infections that begin in the gums can enter the bloodstream causing a chemical reaction that causes the arteries around the heart to narrow. This is very bad for your health and yet frustratingly, periodontal disease is easily preventable.
Gum disease is caused by a combination of poor dental hygiene, irregular visits to the dentist and bad diet. By eating food bad for your teeth you are increasing the risk that plaque and bacteria will cause damage. This however, will be made significantly worse by a poor standard of oral hygiene. Insufficient brushing and flossing allows plaque acid to irritate gum tissue, causing it to become inflamed. If this is allowed to continue it will eventually cause an infection in the gum that damages tissue. Most forms of gum disease can be easily cleared up in their milder forms by improved cleaning and a visit to your dentist. But, by not recognising the signs you are increasing your chances of the disease worsening and gum disease having a negative impact on your teeth and overall health.
Severe periodoantal disease will require antibiotics and even tissue removal. This may also result in tooth loss and a significant amount of pain and discomfort. Added to all of this is the potential to cause life-threatening heart disease, making it something to be avoided at all costs. The easiest way to avoid periodontal disease is to make regular appointments to see your London dentist. They can help to spot the first signs of the condition and also give you tips on how best to clean your teeth to avoid it.