smile health dentist teethRecent research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association suggests women with gum disease who have passed the menopause may be at increased risk of early death from a range of causes including cardio-vascular disease.

Previous studies have identified links between gum disease and CVD. Data comparing women over 55 with and without gum disease suggests those with periodontal issues face a 12% increased risk of death which rises as high as 17% for those who have lost all their teeth.

Key messages:

– Gum disease is a major problem that affects 47% of adults over 30.

– Older people are even more vulnerable since over 70% of those over 65 are affected.

– Regular visits to your dentist are even more important for women to reduce the chances of developing gum disease.

“Our findings suggest that older women may be at higher risk for death because of their periodontal condition.”

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Dr. Matthew Thomas BDS Wales (1996)

Dr. Thomas was born and brought up in Bridgend. He attended the University of Wales College of Medicine and Dentistry, qualified in 1996, and pursued dental VT training in LlantwitVardre 1996-97. Dr. Thomas held associate positions in Rhondda Valley. In 1999, he purchased Marlborough Dental Practice.

Dr. Thomas is interested in all aspects of dentistry including clear orthodontics (he is qualified to fit Invisalign, Inman, Six Month Smiles, Cfast, SmileTru) and dental implants.

He was a keen rugby player for local clubs in Bridgend and Cardiff Meds where he was Captain for two seasons. He also was a keen sportsperson playing county tennis, football, swimming, cycling, running, judo (until his knees fell apart and needed reconstructions!).

Now, Dr. Thomas rides his mountain bike regularly, and occasionally a road bike, plus he skis and enjoys time with his family, including two daughters and two dogs.