Dental hygiene treatment will provide your teeth with a thorough clean, getting into places that you can’t reach with your toothbrush or by flossing. Professional cleaning will remove plaque, tartar and staining keeping your gums healthy, your smile bright and your breath fresh.
If you have sensitive gums or feel anxious about your clean we can make the experience a pleasant one by offering a topical local anaesthetic gel or even injections for some patients.
A combination of regular professional cleaning and taking good care of your teeth and gums at home will help keep your mouth healthy. A clean and healthy mouth will improve your appearance, help you to keep your teeth and give you fresh breath.
A winning smile can melt even the coldest of hearts, they say.
But did you know that your smile may also reveal how healthy you are … or whether you’re at risk of suffering a heart attack.
Gum Disease and Heart Health
A number of studies have shown a connection between heart disease and oral health.
Your mouth plays host to billions of bacteria which unquestionably influence the health of teeth and gums.
Does gum disease cause problems for the heart and blood vessels?
Gum disease (periodontitis) is an erosion of the tissue and bone that support the teeth. The idea that problems in the mouth can cause disease in other parts of the body makes sense but has been difficult to prove.
Research is being undertaken to connect the two processes. It is believed that for people with periodontitis, chewing and toothbrushing releases harmful bacteria into the bloodstream. Several species of the bacteria that cause periodontitis have been found in the plaque that thickens the arteries in the heart and elsewhere. This plaque can lead to a heart attack.
Oral bacteria can also cause harm to blood vessels and can cause blood clots by releasing toxins that resemble proteins found in artery walls or the bloodstream. The immune system’s response to these toxins can harm the vessel walls and make blood clot more easily.
Another possibility that is being researched is that the inflammation of the gums causes inflammation of the heart’s arteries, which can lead to heart attack and stroke.
There is still more research to be done about the link between oral problems and heart disease, but in the light of recent research we believe it is proving to be more important than ever to take care of your teeth.
Some people who have a genetic predisposition to periodontal and gum disease need to be especially vigilant.
Our advice is to brush and floss every day, and see your dentist at least twice a year for regular cleans and oral examinations. This may well pay off for your oral and heart health.
Common symptoms of gum disease:
- Red, swollen gums
- Bleeding after you floss or brush
- Receding gums or noticing that you seem to see more of a tooth than you used to
- Pus on the gums
- Pain when you bite or chew
- Loose teeth
- Dentures that no longer fit well
If you are suffering from any of these symptoms you should book an appointment with us today.