Periodontal or gum disease has been called the silent disease because initially there are no symptoms.
If your gums are red, sometimes bleed when you brush, feel tender or look swollen … these are the symptoms of periodontal disease. If your mouth tastes unpleasant … that’s another symptom. If your gums have receded … you may have had gum disease for some time. Receding gums and bone and tooth loss are unattractive alternatives to healthy gums. But there’s more at stake! Gum disease has been linked to cardiovascular and other systemic diseases.
Studies have found oral bacteria from gum infections in arterial plaque and have also shown that therapy for periodontal disease lessens inflammation throughout the body.
Poor oral health has been identified as a stronger predictor of heart disease than other risk factors such as low levels of good cholesterol, high levels of a clotting agent and high levels of certain fats in the bloodstream.
Long-term and short-term studies continue to clarify the links between oral bacteria, inflammation and systemic diseases.
Tips on maintaining ideal oral health/ hygiene
- Regular visits to the Dental Hygienist
- Brush twice a day with a small headed medium textured tooth brush
- Minimum brushing time 2 minutes
- Manual tooth brushes should be changed every 4 to 6 weeks
- Floss and/ or use inter-dental brushes once a day
- Mouth washes are not recommended, unless prescribed
Heidi Peel – Hygienist
I qualified as a Dental Hygienist in 1983 from Glasgow University Dental Hospital and I have worked in practices both in the UK and Southern Ireland.
My training has continued over the years and I am now a qualified Extended Duties Dental Hygienist.
I am also a qualified Lawyer, although non-practicing and I am currently doing a PhD at The University of York.