In February 2010 it was reported that a baby was killed by the mother’s gum disease. We suspected gum disease increased the risk of have a low birth weight or stillborn child but this case reported in the journal Obstetrics and Gynaecology – reveals the case of a 35 year old woman who had the common gum disease gingivitis. Yes simply bleeding gums. The baby was stillborn at 39 weeks with traces of bacteria from its mother’s mouth in its lungs, stomach and blood stream.
If you are a diabetic you know that your aim is to control your blood sugars because it is high blood sugars that lead to serious complications, such as eye problems and heart disease. It is thought that when bacteria infect the mouth and cause inflammation, the resulting chemical changes reduce the effectiveness of insulin and raise the levels of blood sugar.
Are you at risk of a heart attack or just had one because of your gums? We know that inflammation caused by gum disease can affect blood vessels and causes furring of the arteries in a similar way to cholesterol. Bacteria in the mouth is associated with heart attacks even when other factors known to contribute to poor heart health such as have high blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, body weight and smoking, are adjusted for.
Here at Smile Style we know that gum disease is very treatable and we are best placed to help you with the highest ratio of hygienists to dentists is the area. That is one hygienist to each of our dentists. We also have Oral Health trained nurses , we put your dental health first. Most dental health advice says see a dentist regularly but I suggest seeing a hygienist may actually save your life.
Are your gums red, puffy or shiny?
Do your gums ever bleed when you brush them?
Do your gums become sore and bleed if you floss or use interdental brushes?
Are you teeth looking long because the gums have receded?
Have you noticed your breath smells or do you get a bad taste?
These are common signs of gum disease. Don’t make the fatal mistake for you or your baby of ignoring these signs. Make your half price dental health assessment with Smile Style today.