Ipswich dentist highlights new study that finds long term gum disease sufferers are 70% more likely to get dementia
Ipswich dentist, Malcolm Harbour, from Harbour Dental Care, would like to highlight a new study that has found people with long term gum disease are 70% more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease.
The research, published in Alzheimer’s Research & Therapy, looked at more than 25,000 people to examine whether patients aged 50 or older with severe gum disease – also called ‘chronic periodontitis’ – had an increased risk of developing the disease.
Although they did not determine any direct causal link between the two diseases they did discover that people who suffered from long standing gum disease, of ten years of more, were up to 70 per cent more likely to then develop Alzheimer’s disease.
Trying to get pregnant? Look after your gums! New research is highlighted by Ipswich dentists at Harbour Dental Care.
New research published in June has found that gum bacteria may delay conception in young women.
The dentists and hygienists at Harbour Dental Care in Ipswich High Street have known for many years that gum bacteria are connected to other diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, bacterial lung infections, strokes, premature births and rheumatoid arthritis.
Now, the research* carried out at the University of Helsinki on 256 healthy women aged between 19 to 42, found that porphyromonas gingivalis, a bacterium associated with periodontal (gum) diseases, was significantly more frequently detected in the saliva among women who did not become pregnant during the one-year follow-up period than among those who did.
The levels of salivary and serum antibodies against this pathogen were also significantly higher in women who did not become pregnant.
Never ignore gum disease says Malcolm Harbour from Harbour Dental Care in Ipswich
A new patient aged in her early 60s visited Malcolm Harbour at Harbour Dental Care in Ispwich this week troubled by sensitive teeth. An x-ray revealed she had cracked a tooth and a thorough dental examination found she had extensive gum disease. When we explained our findings the woman said ‘Isn’t gum disease just a sign of old age?’
Are you at risk of gum disease?
Some 80% of the UK population are estimated to suffer from a form of gum disease at some stage in their life. The most common cause is bad oral hygiene, however certain groups of people are more at risk, including:
Women and teenage girls
Harbour Dental Care in Ipswich is always open to new patients, even teenagers! We offer NHS care for children until their 18th birthday (or 19th if they are in full time education).
Fluoride toothpaste and water fluoridisation has had a significant effect on reducing the levels of decay in the UK, explains principal dentist Malcolm Harbour from Harbour Dental Care in Ipswich High Street. But research carried out every ten years in the Child Dental Health Survey showed that in 2013 there were obvious levels of decay in 31% of 5 year olds, 34% of 12 year olds and 46% of 15 year olds.
It is clear from these statistics that our teenagers need extra help and encouragement when it comes to looking after their teeth. But what can parents in Suffolk do when their children hit that notoriously difficult age?
Learning by example
Instilling good dental health habits in our children from an early age should certainly help make brushing their teeth twice a day seem like second nature. If they have always done this, the idea is that they will carry on, so start while they are still young!
For an irresistible smile visit Harbour Dental Care in Ipswich. If you can’t get away with this look, let us transform yours.
Malcolm Harbour, the principal dentist at Harbour Debntal Care in Ispwich says if you have ever felt disappointed with your teeth, you will be delighted to hear that our modern cosmetic
dentistry can provide solutions to transform any smile.
We offer smile transformations for all budgets from low cost, minimally invasive cosmetic bonding to brighten and straighten, to complete smile makeovers. Our cosmetic solutions include teeth whitening, dental implants, fast adult braces, crowns, veneers and invisible fillings.
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Harbour Dental Care is proud to support National Smile Month
Harbour Dental Care in Ipswich is proud to support National Smile Month, the UK’s largest and longest-running campaign to promote good oral health.
National Smile Month highlights three key messages, all of which go a long way in helping people develop and maintain a healthy mouth. They are:
Reduce the risks of over-indulgence this Easter…Book a combined dental and hygiene appointment at Harbour Dental Care in Ipswich today. Now £83! (was £108, offer ends 31.6.17)
The Easter bunny is on his way laden with chocolate, sweets, hot cross buns and other sweet treats and at this time of the year it’s hard to resist.
But Malcolm Harbour, the principal dentist at Harbour Dental Care in Ipswich, reminds us that sugar is not just bad for our waistlines. Instead of saying don’t eat anything sugary, Malcolm has provided some helpful facts and tips to help protect our teeth over the Easter festivities.
- It’s not how much sugar we eat, it’s how long it’s on our teeth that counts.
- Sugar + plaque germs = TOOTH DECAY.
- It takes our teeth at least 45 minutes to recover from every sugar attack.
Mum and her young daughter brush their teeth – but do they know how to brush them properly asks Ipswich dentist, Malcolm Harbour.
Chances are you taught your children how to brush their teeth and your parents taught you. But our Ipswich dentist asks: have you ever been shown how to bush your teeth by a professional? Could you be passing on bad habits to your children that they could pass onto theirs?
The team at Harbour Dental Care in Ipswich is very keen to explain the gold standard in tooth brushing and we encourage our patients from Ipswich and beyond to ask us for guidance.
Malcolm Harbour, principal dentist at Harbour Dental Care Ipswich
Many changes can occur in your mouth in just a matter of months, which is why Malcolm Harbour the principal dentist here at Harbour Dental Care in Ipswich advises patients to visit at least every 12 months, ideally every six.
Regular visits to Harbour Dental Care in Ipswich allow us to spot any issues early before they become painful or more expensive to treat. No matter how meticulous your oral hygiene regime, bacterial plaque builds up and this can lead to gum disease and tooth decay. Read More…
Spread some Christmas cheer with a lovely smile from Harbour Dental Care in Ipswich
If we feel confident about our teeth, we are more likely to smile fully and unselfconsciously. There are lots of benefits of smiling, so spread some happiness in Ipswich this Christmas with a beaming smile.
Smiling is contagious and studies report that just seeing one person smiling activates the area of our brains that controls our facial movement, which leads to a grin. Smiling also helps lower stress and anxiety because the act releases endorphins in our brains that make us feel calmer and lowers our heart rate.
How does your smile make you feel?
If you have any niggles about your teeth that you’d like corrected before the festive party season gets into full swing, then speak to one of the talented dentists at Harbour Dental Care in Ipswich. Our dentists and hygienist can offer a range of affordable treatments.