Gum Disease More Likely to Cause Strokes than Diabetes

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Research carried out in recent years has confirmed links between poor oral health and an increased risk of heart disease, strokes and diabetes, however, a new study has discovered that gum disease is much more likely to cause strokes than diabetes.

The findings of the study, which were presented at the 89th International Association for Dental Research General Session and Exhibition in San Diego last month, showed that gum disease was twice as likely to cause a stroke that diabetes.

The study also suggests that gum disease is a major risk factor for strokes and it could almost have as great an impact as high blood pressure.

This new study is the latest in a long line to confirm the link between poor oral health and poor general health. Dental experts are now urging members of the public to take note of the findings of research studies and take the time to look after their teeth and gums.

Spending a few minutes each day brushing and flossing can help to prevent oral health diseases and the benefits could be far-reaching, as you could also be reducing your risk of developing serious, life-threatening conditions.

A good daily oral hygiene routine should include brushing the teeth twice a day for at least two minutes each time, rinsing the mouth using mouthwash and using floss to remove plaque from hard to reach areas. Regular dental visits are also a very effective means of preventing oral health conditions.

 

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