Gum disease and poor health

For many people up and down the country, keeping themselves fit and healthy is a priority and many go to extreme measures to exercise, eat properly and keep nutrient levels up.

Screen Shot 2014-04-11 at 12.14.19 AM

However, in the rush to buy the right vitamins, eat the newest super foods and try out the latest miracle cures, simple things like gum disease can easily be overlooked.

But as gum disease is an important indicator, and potential cause, of poor general health, making sure that you keep your teeth and gums in great condition with regular brushing and professional care should be a priority.

 

What is gum disease?

Gum disease is an infection of the tissue that supports the teeth and is normally the result of plaque and bacteria build up due to a lack of brushing and flossing.

The tissue becomes inflamed and painful, causing discomfort and bleeding around the gums.

 

How can it affect your general health?

Though most people should find that the inflammation dies down after a while, in some people who are especially prone to gum disease, the body can overreact to the infection resulting in increased inflammation.

In others, the inflammation may never clear up, resulting in prolonged infection and discomfort.

Research has shown that this intense gum inflammation can affect the bloodstream, slowly damaging blood vessels in the heart, brain and the rest of the body.

In the long term untreated gum disease has been linked to problems like heart disease, heart attacks, diabetes, strokes and rheumatoid arthritis.

 

How can you prevent gum disease?

A good way to prevent gum disease or monitor it when it occurs is to see dental professionals for cleaning on a regular basis.

Procedures like professional cleaning, teeth whitening and descaling can all help to keep your teeth healthy, so don’t be afraid to contact your dentist if you think your nashers need extra attention.

If you are looking for a professional to undertake some cleaning or teeth whitening Hampshire and the surrounding area is packed with fully qualified dentists who will be happy to help.

Another important factor in keeping your gums healthy is your diet. A nutritious and well-balanced diet will help to keep your gums in good condition with foods like cheese, peanuts, yoghurt and milk being especially good for your teeth.

Keeping your gums in good condition won’t just help you to feel healthier now, it could prevent serious diseases in the long term and help you to live a happier, healthier life for years to come.