If this past year has taught us anything, it’s just how important our health is, says Hull dentist Nick Allday from Manor Dental Health on Willerby Road.
The better our health, the more resilient we are at fighting viruses and illnesses and making a swift recovery. It appears to be those with underlying health conditions, such as diabetes, people struggling to manage their weight and older people, who have been hardest hit by coronavirus, sometimes with tragic consequences.
As we have said in a previous blog, links have also been found between the virus and our oral health. In her article published in the British Dental Journal, Dr V. Samsoon presented her research on the link between poor oral health and severe complications from Covid-19.
Even though Covid-19 is a viral infection it is the presence of pathogenic bacteria (bad bacteria that cause disease) that is associated with severe complications with the virus, like pneumonia and acute respiratory syndrome.
Also, patients with periodontal disease – a severe form of gum disease – have a three times higher risk of developing diabetes, 20% increased risk of developing hypertension and 25% increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
Emergency Dentistry in Hull
We found many of the patients we treated earlier in the year with dental emergencies had not been to see us for more than 12 months. We always advise our patients from across Hull, Cottingham, Beverley and the surrounding towns and villages to visit us at least once, preferably twice a year, so that we can spot any issues early, before they become too serious and more painful to treat.
Research dating back many years now has found that serious gum disease is linked to medical conditions, such as arthritis, heart disease, bacterial lung infections, dementia, strokes and diabetes, among others – underlying health conditions that have left people vulnerable and shielded during the Covid-19 outbreak.
This shows us that looking after our health is more important than ever – and our gums provide a good indication of our general health. After all, healthy gums reflect a healthy body.
A staggering 80 per cent of us suffer from gum disease at some point in our lives but with good, regular dental care and a dedicated twice-daily homecare routine the risks can be easily controlled.
What can I do to improve my dental health?
- Brushing twice a day for about two minutes with fluoride toothpaste is the best thing you can do to keep your teeth and mouth healthy.
- Use interdental brushes to clean between your teeth and loosen any trapped food before you brush.
- Brush last thing at night and at one other time during the day.
- Visit us as frequently as we recommend.
Well serviced mouths require less invasive treatment in the long term, which reduces the overall cost to you, lost work time, and potential pain and discomfort. So, contact us now to book your dental health review.