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The link between oral health and having a stroke

May 21, 2018

 

Only 1 in 6 people are currently aware that poor oral health can increase your chances of having a stroke. Strokes occur when blood flow is disrupted by a clot or a burst blood vessel, preventing oxygen from reaching the brain. It is true that anyone of any age can potentially have a stroke, risks increase depending on factors such as age, ethnicity and sex. General poor health and unhealthy lifestyle choices will also increase your chances of stroke. Gum disease also increases the risk of stroke, and this is how:

 

Poor oral hygiene

  • Build-up of bacteria as gum disease sets in

  • Bacteria spreads below the gum line

  • Toxins released into the blood stream

  • Toxins cause inflammation in the body

  • Inflammation causes arteries to harden and thicken

  • More difficult for blood to flow around the body

  • Blood flow to the brain is disrupted

  • Higher risk of stroke

 

There are simple measures that we can all put in place during our daily healthcare routines. Our oral hygiene is of utmost importance, so take these simple steps to avoid gum disease and remove this particular risk factor from your life:

 

  • Brush at least twice a day

  • Use floss and mouthwash to clear away remaining food particles potentially missed during brushing.

  • Adjust your diet to a healthier one if you currently consume too much sugar and acid

 

If you spot any warning signs of gum disease developing, do not ignore the problem. It will not improve on its own and will need our assistance to tackle the issues as soon as we can. If you have red, swollen, painful or bleeding gums, receding gums, loose teeth or any changes to how your bite feels, give us a call and book yourself in for an examination.

 

So that our friendly team can monitor your dental health effectively and consistently, please remember to attend your routine appointments here at the practice.

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