Gum disease causes much higher risk for stroke

Gum disease doubles stroke risk, according to new study

25th November 2019

A new study has found that people with gum disease are around twice as likely to have a stroke.1

Researchers have discovered when the gums bleed and become inflamed, it leads to changes in how blood and oxygen flows to the brain.     

Gum disease remains one of the most common health conditions across the United Kingdom, currently affecting around 45% of the adult population.2

In response, the Oral Health Foundation is encouraging everyone to ensure they pay close attention to their oral health.  The charity says a good oral health routine can reduce your risk of developing gum disease and other health complications.

Dr Nigel Carter, Chief Executive of the Oral Health Foundation, says: “Gum disease is incredibly common and most people will suffer from it during the course of their lifetime.  It is the one of the main causes of tooth loss in adults and is increasingly being linked to other general health conditions like heart disease, diabetes and some forms of dementia. 

“All gum disease is caused by plaque which forms on the surface of the teeth every day.  The good news is that this can be managed with a simple daily routine. You need to make sure you remove all the plaque from your teeth every day.  This is done by brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and cleaning in between the teeth with ‘interdental' brushes or floss.


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