Research has often shown the close connection between a healthy mouth and healthy body. If you have been following our blog posts, you may know the connection between gum health and heart problems, pregnancy complications, and dementia.
A research article published in the Journal of Periodontology has shown that severe gum disease may cause a reduction in red blood cells and haemoglobin leading to anaemia. The study also showed that women with gum disease had a higher risk of anaemia than men.
Anaemic patients may have a smoother tongue and x-rays sometimes would show changes in the jawbone. Patients with certain types of anaemia are at higher risk for infections. Thus, it is important for them to take a good care of their oral health to ensure there are no oral complications during the treatment for their anaemic condition.
Good management of gum disease is correlated to have a positive effect in the management of anaemic status. Thus, it is important to have a dentist who is experienced in treating patients with medical conditions, including anaemia.
The general rule of thumb for good dental health applies :
- Brush thoroughly and gently at least twice a day,
- Floss at the end of the day, and
- Visit your dentist every six months for a regular check-up. This may help you detect any dental problems in early stages and get them treated as soon as possible.
Have you experienced the connection between anaemia and gum problems? We would love to hear your story. You can also find more information about gum treatment on the Specialist Dental Group website.
For more information on how your gums relate to the health of your body, and how gum problems can exacerbate medical conditions, join us on Saturday, July 30 from 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm to hear Dr Helena Lee, our gum specialist, and other Specialist Dental Group dentists share information with you on all things dental. More details can be found at: https://www.specialistdentalgroup.com/events.php. Early bird rate ends TODAY (July 22). Regular rates apply from July 23. Tickets to the seminar can be purchased from the SISTIC website. OCBC credit card members receive 10% off ticket prices.