06 Aug

Gum disease and heart disease. A Central London dentists says they are connected

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.