After several years with my previous dentist – and dreading every visit – I decided I needed to change. I can’t believe the difference, not only in the quality of care but also the dentistry which is far more advanced than I have experienced before. I have just had root canal treatment and can honestly say that on each of my visits I haven’t felt the slightest bit nervous – the team have looked after me fantastically and I am very happy with the results.
I have been a patient at Smile Essential for a number of years. I used to be a very nervous patient and really hated going to the dentist after having several bad experiences at other dentists in Leicester. The staff are very friendly and very helpful too. From the moment you walk into the time you leave you are put at ease and any treatment you receive is explained to you.
I have recently moved to the Isle of Wight but I will be coming back to Leicester so I can have my treatment at Smile Essential.
The mouth is often overlooked when we are considering the health of our body. However, there is growing evidence that an unhealthy mouth, especially if you have gum disease, may increase your risk of serious health problems.
Chief Executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, Dr Nigel Carter, explains: “The link between oral health and overall body health is well documented and backed by robust scientific evidence. Despite this, only 1 in 6 people realise that people with gum disease may have an increased risk of stroke or diabetes. And only 1 in 3 is aware of the heart disease link.”
With that in mind, we take a closer look at some of the most documented connections.
Alzheimer’s Disease and Gum Disease Link UK
A study published earlier this year linked gum disease to Alzheimer’s disease. The bacteria most commonly responsible for gum disease produces an enzyme that was present in higher levels in brain tissue of patients who suffered Alzheimer’s compared to normal brains of the same age. A second study showed that the bacteria can increase the production of amyloid beta, a major component of the amyloid plaques in Alzheimer’s. These studies don’t prove any direct causation and more still needs to be done.
Premature Labour and Gum Disease Link UK
Gum disease can have implications during pregnancy. Maternal periodontal disease increases the chances of giving birth prematurely (less than 37 weeks) or to a lower weight baby. A study of 400 women discovered that the women who received periodontal treatment had less premature labours.
Diabetes and Gum Disease Link UK
There is an increasing number of links between gum disease and diabetes. Around half of the UK, population suffers from gum disease and about 10% of them have it severely enough that it leads to tooth loss.
The increase in blood sugar level, which occurs in diabetes, can cause damage to nerves, blood vessels, the heart, the kidneys, the eyes and the feet. In the same way, the gums can also be affected.
Evidence also shows that severe periodontal disease can increase blood sugar levels in people with diabetes and also in those who do not have diabetes. In other words, periodontal disease and diabetes are linked in both affect one another.
Heart Disease and Gum Disease Link UK
There have been established links between gum disease and heart health. The Brtish Heart Foundation is doing lots of research into the links between heart disease and gum disease. They have put together this fantastic easy to understand video explaining why gum disease can affect your heart.
Now it’s important to remember that gum disease is treatable. If treated early then there are often no harmful effects. If left untreated it can cause damage but is still treatable and can prevent further problems from occurring.