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It’s hard to believe that something as small as bacteria could be so harmful. Sadly, it's true!


We were out for a quiet pint during the week with a few of our pals. Well, to be honest, there was actually more than one pint. And now that we think of it, it wasn’t that quiet!

But that’s not the point of the story. You see, after an hour or two of sparkling conversation and witty repartee, the topic got around to toothache. Happily, better quality dental care and greater awareness of taking care of our teeth means that toothache is becoming a much rarer occurrence these days. But when it strikes, it’s a genuine bitch.

The various members of our little group all made their contributions on this topic, and one of them had a great story to back up his claims that toothache, was indeed, the worst of all possible pains.

Apparently, he’d read an article in the Huffington Post about a Swedish prison inmate who broke out of jail – to go to the dentist. Apparently, he’d been complaining to his jailers for some time, but they chose to ignore him.

Eventually, unable to bear the pain any more, he broke out of the low-security prison, had the problem sorted by a nearby dentist, and returned to prison that night. The authorities were none too pleased with their security lapse, but upon confirming the truth of his story, they decided not to impose any further sentence.

It seemed like a case of common sense prevailing, and we’re sure a good lawyer could have easily proven that “he wasn’t himself’ due to the pain of toothache.

We tell this story by way of introduction to today’s blog, which is on the topic of periodontal disease. And while we mentioned earlier that better dental care means that major problems are becoming rarer, periodontal disease – also known as gum disease – is one of the rare exceptions.

The reason for this is simple. It’s caused by bacteria, which are part of everybody’s day-to-day existence. And if left unchecked, they can lead to all sorts of discomfort and pain.

The fact of the matter is that bacteria can double in numbers every twenty minutes. And if you leave them untouched for twelve hours, they can start to undermine the supporting structures of your teeth – primarily the gums.

This is why every dentist in the world demands that you brush your teeth at least twice a day – to make sure that those pesky bacteria don’t get their hooks into you and necessitate a visit to the periodontist.

The fact of the matter is that it's a lot easier – and cheaper – to brush and floss regularly rather than shell out for periodontal treatment. And remember that bacteria are present in every mouth – so don’t imagine for a minute that you're somewhat different to the herd!

So whether you're reading this blog in prison or are one of the general population, don’t give bacteria an even break and take steps today to tighten up on your oral care regime!

And if you'd like to read a little more on this topic, may we recommend the following article -