Research has long found links between gum disease and strokes, diabetes, bacterial lung infections, heart disease and problems with pregnancy. There is now a risk that Gum Health (gum disease) and dementia could be connected.
Our Bexleyheath dental hygienist advises that gum disease is the single biggest cause of tooth loss. We have so much more to lose than our teeth if we don’t put the health of our gums as our top priority.
The fact that our dental well being is so closely linked to our overall health means that regular visits to your dentist and hygienist are absolutely vital. We recommend that our patients from across Bexleyheath, southeast London and Kent and the surrounding towns come to Danson Park Dental Practice every 12 months as an absolute minimum.
Oral health and the link to dementia and mouth cancer
Our dentists and hygienist are well placed to spot the early signs of dementia and mouth cancer .These are other reasons why we encourage our patients to visit us regularly. Our oral hygiene treatments include services such as a thorough assessment of your oral health, creating an individual hygiene treatment plan, perform a professional cleaning, removing plaque and tartar, even below the gum line and preventive dentistry advice.
The Alzheimer’s Society estimate that there are currently more than 850,000 people with dementia in the UK . This will be over one million by 2025. Studies have shown that people with dementia have poorer oral health than those without the disease due to impairment of cognitive skills and a reliance on care providers.
Dental teams such as ours can identify the early signs of dementia through monitoring any deterioration in oral health. We help people to be diagnosed quicker by referring them to their GP for further investigation.
George McNamara from the Alzheimer’s Society said. “We recognise how important an oral health care programme is for people with dementia. This should be established early as possible so that people can independently maintain their oral health. Once the condition progresses their carer will need to support them in keeping their teeth healthy.”
We are also able to help people with dementia maintain a good quality of oral health and reduce discomfort.
Dental Hygienist Bexleyheath
If you need a hygienist appointment, please don’t hesitate about contacting us. We pride ourselves on giving you the first-class care you need to keep your smile healthy. You can book online via our contact form for a hygienist appointment in Bexleyheath or call us on 020 8303 3726.