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Stroke

Recent research has suggested that gum disease in patients carries a potentially higher risk of having a stroke than diabetes and has almost the same impact as high blood pressure in causing them.

Whilst obesity and smoking are commonly associated with raising the risk of suffering a stroke, many people don’t know the risks associated with poor oral health. According to the International Dental Health Foundation ‘only one in six people realise that people with gum disease may have an increased risk of stroke’.

Basically, bacterial infections can cause the body to be at higher risk of developing a blood clot which in turn is what causes the higher risk of developing a stroke.

What can you do?

If preventing gum disease may lower your risk of having a stroke, isn’t it worth flossing and brushing regularly? You should also visit your dentist every six months for a full dental health check and a thorough cleaning of your teeth.

If you are experiencing any difficulties please contact us in our Dublin dentist practice today at 01 668 3242.

Sources

*Impacts of Periodontitis on Nonfatal Ischemic Stroke
*British Dental Health Foundation
*Dental Wellness Institute. “Gum Disease and Health Risks”. 2010

Dry Mouth

It goes without saying that saliva plays a very important role in the mouth, keeping it moist and helping to keep your mouth and teeth clean. It also breaks down your food and fights decay.

Dry mouth (Xerostomia) is a condition which sees a decrease in the saliva production and can greatly impact the quality of life for a sufferer.  Do not underestimate the effects of dry mouth, as it can affect your digestion, taste and speech.

While smoking, stress or vitamin deficiency may be a temporary cause, long term suffering can be caused by the menopause, medication (including high blood pressure or depression pills), diabetes, glandular fever and radiotherapy.

There are a variety of rinses, gels and sprays which can help limit the symptoms and improve the quality of life.

What can you do?

If you have any concerns please speak to your dentist. Common symptoms of dry mouth include a burning sensation in the mouth, bad breath, unable to retain dentures or strange taste sensations.  Please contact us in our Dublin dentist practice today at 01 668 3242.

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