Keppel Advanced Dentistry is offering dads a Father’s Day discount on dental hygiene appointments which could help them live 10 years longer.
Dr Tom Keppel, who runs the Sutton practice, said: “Studies have shown men neglect their teeth more than women.
“Neglect invariably leads to gum disease, which is linked to type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
“The good news is gum disease is entirely preventable. I’d like to encourage dads who have never been to a dental hygiene appointment to come in and try it out this week with a 20 per cent discount.
“If it helps them start a better oral health regime it could lengthen their lives by 10 years – not a bad Father’s Day present in my book.”
A Denplan survey in 2008 found men neglect teeth more than women. They’re also more likely to smoke – 22 per cent against 17 per cent of females – which damages teeth and gums and leads to gum disease and tooth loss.
Gum disease is the biggest cause of tooth loss in over-40s and is present in 83 per cent of adults.
Bacteria can enter the blood stream through the mouth and is known to cause systemic inflammation, leading to reduced insulin resistance. Research shows that successful oral treatment of gum disease can prevent this and reduce the rate of arteries thickening.
Only one in six people realise gum disease may increase the risk of stroke or diabetes, and just one in three is aware of the heart disease link, according to the British Dental Health Foundation.
Dental hygienists use tooth scaling to remove plaque and physically scrape away tartar to prevent cavities, gingivitis and gum disease. They also polish the teeth to leave them feeling smooth.
About Keppel Advanced Dentistry
A dental hygiene appointment at KAD is normally £55 and they are available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. The Father’s Day 20 per cent discount applies to hygiene appointments on June 23, 24 and 25. KAD is open six days a week. Call 020 3773 5654, see www.keppeladvanceddentistry.co.uk, or drop into 1 Cedar Road, Sutton, Surrey SM2 5DA for more information.
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