Expatriate women in particular might want to double check that their global medical insurance covers them for dental problems.
This is because recent research by Professor Robin Seymour, a leading periodontologist and advisor to Dentyl Active, has found that women are at greater risk of gum disease and subsequent tooth loss than men.
The professor explained that this is linked to osteoporosis, female hormones and smoking and urged people to take good care of their oral hygiene.
"It is important that once the diagnosis of osteoporosis has been made then they should attend regular dental checkups and also maintain a very high standard of oral hygiene, including using an alcohol-free mouthwash like Dentyl Active," he said.
"Good plaque control will help to maintain the dentition and reduce the risk of tooth loss."
Professor Seymour added that professional removal of sub-gingival deposits is "essential" for more advanced types of gum disease.