Published By Dr. Rachel Hall
at 26 May, 2011
A new study suggests that severe gum disease (chronic periodontitis) may cause a reduction in red blood cells and haemoglobin leading to the blood disorder anaemia. As a holistic and esoteric dentist, I have been saying for years that gum health and the health of the blood are very closely related as the gums reflect the level of vitality in the body.
The research found that over a third of people suffering from severe gum disease had haemoglobin levels below normal concentrations. Following a six month course of treatment to improve their oral health, all patients had improved levels of red blood cells, haemoglobin and all other clinical measures used to assess the health of the blood. The research also suggested that women with severe gum disease had a higher risk of anaemia compared to men.
This and previous studies have drawn a link between gum disease and anaemia, it is suggested that the defence chemicals produced by the body as a result of gum inflammation cause the detrimental effects to the health of the blood system.
Many people continue to underestimate the importance of good oral health to the body’s general health. Prevention is the key and it is really important that everyone adopts a simple but effective oral health regime to help stay fit and healthy as part of their lifestyle choices.