Dentists Urge People To Look After Their Gums For Good Health

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Dentists are urging people to take good care of their gums to prevent a host of medical conditions.

According to research studies, which have been carried out all over the world, oral health has a major role to play in general health and dentists are urging people to prioritise looking after their gums.

Scientists and dental experts have found that oral health problems, especially gum disease, increases the risk of a host of different illnesses, from heart disease and strokes to diabetes; some studies have also linked dental plaque and gum disease to an increased risk of dementia and some forms of cancer and poor oral health is known to be a risk factor for premature birth and complications during labour.

The British Society of Periodontology is urging people to brush their teeth twice a day, floss and visit their dentist for regular check-ups to reduce their risk of gum disease, decay and systemic illnesses. Dentists also recommend using inter-dental brushes, which target the tiny cracks between the teeth and encourage people to swap their toothbrush for a new one every 3 months.

The BSP said that it is important that people are aware that their oral health has an impact on their general health. Gum disease increases the risk of general health problems, as bacteria in the mouth can travel to other parts of the body via the bloodstream.

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