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The unexpected dangers of gum disease

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Gum disease is common and unpleasant, but, according to a growing body of evidence, it could also play a role in a surprising range of seemingly unrelated health problems.  

Plaque — a sticky substance that contains bacteria — builds up on teeth. If it is not brushed away, the bacteria can irritate the gums. The gums may then become swollen, sore, or …

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The unexpected dangers of gum disease

Friday 29th March 2019

Medical News Today

Gum disease is common and unpleasant, but, according to a growing body of evidence, it could also play a role in a surprising range of seemingly unrelated health problems.  

Plaque — a sticky substance that contains bacteria — builds up on teeth. If it is not brushed away, the bacteria can irritate the gums. The gums may then become swollen, sore, or infected; this is referred to as gingivitis. In general, gum disease can be treated or prevented by maintaining a good oral health regime. However, if it is left to develop, it can result in periodontitis, which weakens the supporting structures of the teeth. To read the full article in MedicalNewsToday click here

If you are worried about your dental health or gum disease, then book a free consultation at our clinic on Finchley Road, NW3. Our friendly and highly skilled dentists are here to help you understand your ongoing dental health options.

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Posted by Bright Smile Clinic at 15:44

How your mouth bacteria can harm your lungs

Friday 14th September 2018

Medical News Today (MNT)

New research now published in the journal mSphere examines the effects of poor dental hygiene on the respiratory health of elderly Japanese people. The recent results shed light on the importance of the tongue microbiota for our respiratory health. As Dr. Yamashita and his colleagues explain in their paper, the oral microbiota is important for overall health because the bacteria we ingest affect every aspect of our health. Medical News Today have reported on a number of studies highlighting the link between the gut microbiota and cancer, obesity, heart conditions, depression, anxiety, and other conditions. To read the full article in MNT, please click here

If you are worried about your dental health or gum disease, then book a free consultation at our Finchley Road clinic, NW3. Our friendly and highly skilled dentists are here to help you understand your ongoing dental health options.

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Posted by Bright Smile Clinic at 14:21

What is periodontitis?

Tuesday 14th August 2018

Medical News Today (MNT)

Periodontitis, or gum disease, is a common infection that damages the soft tissue and bone supporting the tooth. Without treatment, the alveolar bone around the teeth is slowly and progressively lost. The name "periodontitis" means "means inflammation around the tooth." Microorganisms, such as bacteria, stick to the surface of the tooth and in the pockets surrounding the tooth, and they multiply. As the immune system reacts and toxins are released, inflammation occurs. Untreated periodontitis will eventually result in tooth loss. It may increase the risk of stroke, heart attack, and other health problems. Bacterial plaque, a sticky, colorless membrane that develops over the surface of teeth, is the most common cause of periodontal disease. If plaque it not removed, it can harden to form tartar, or calculus. Most cases of periodontitis are preventable through good dental hygiene. For more details on causes, symptoms, treatment, risk factors, Diagnosis and Complications of Periodontitis, please refer to the full article in Medical News Today via this link

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From: Medical News Today

A new study highlights the importance of oral hygiene for people with type 2 diabetes, after finding that those with the condition may have better blood glucose levels if they look after their teeth. It is estimated that around 30.3 million people in the United States are living with diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form, and it accounts for 90–95 percent of all cases. The new study recently published in The Journal of Clinical Periodontology suggests that for people who already have type 2 diabetes, good dental hygiene could be key for managing blood glucose levels.  To read the full story on Medical News Today, please click here

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Posted by Bright Smile Clinic at 17:36

From: Medical News Today

Tooth loss in middle age is tied to a higher risk of cardiovascular disease, independent of traditional risk factors such as high blood pressure, poor diet, and diabetes. This was the conclusion of preliminary research led by Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in New Orleans, LA, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, MA. This study is not the first to investigate the link between dental health and cardiovascular disease (CVD), but it is the first to focus on tooth loss during midlife and exclude that which occurs earlier. To read the full story on Medical News Today, please click here

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Posted by Bright Smile Clinic at 14:04