Posts Tagged ‘gum disease’
Women’s Hormonal Changes Linked to Gum Disease
Last Updated on Friday, 27 July 2012 11:13 Written by Dental Education Blog Friday, 27 July 2012 11:13
A recent review of women’s health studies has shown a link between women’s health issues and gum disease. Hormonal changes that women naturally go through such as puberty, menstruation, pregnancy and menopause have been shown to fluctuate women’s hormones so much so that they can change conditions in the mouth and allow bacteria to grow, enter the bloodstream, and intensify certain health issues such as bone loss, fetal death and pre-term birth.
The data from the study reviewed 61 journal articles with nearly 100 studies that helped the scientists determine that women’s hormonal changes do in fact have a relationship to gum disease and the other health issues named above. The message the researchers wanted to get across to women is that they need to be even more vigilant about maintaining good oral health to prevent or lessen the impact of these health-related issues.
Of particular interest in this research are women’s hormones during pregnancy. There is existing research that states that hormones can cause gum problems during pregnancy and women who are attempting to get pregnant or are pregnant need to be extra cautious about the state of their dental health. There was a time when women were discouraged from visiting the dentist while pregnant but this study shows evidence that a dental cleaning and examination before or during pregnancy is now recommended.
Gum disease is caused by the accumulation of bacterial plaque on the teeth and under the gums. Left untreated for extended periods of time, it can cause inflammation which can release harmful and toxic byproducts into the bloodstream. These toxins can result in tooth loss, bad breath, bloody gums, bone erosion in addition to the multitude of health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, respiratory disease, and pregnancy problems.
Can Poor Dental Health Lead to Pneumonia?
Last Updated on Friday, 30 December 2011 09:55 Written by Dental Education Blog Friday, 30 December 2011 09:55
Yale University says so.
The oral systemic health study, presented this past October at the Infectious Diseases Society of America annual meeting in Boston, was headed by Dr. Samit Joshi of Yale University School of Medicine.
Researchers found changes in bacteria in the mouth preceded the development of pneumonia.
What does this mean to us?
Although many more studies need to be done on both oral systemic dentistry as a whole, and this specific connection between pneumonia and poor oral health, this preliminary info at the very least suggests we can learn more, together with our dentists, to improve at-home prevention protocol and enhance in-office screening procedures.
It also means we can all pay attention to taking care of our teeth and gums.
According to a recent article from The Telegraph reporting on the Yale University study, poor oral health has been associated with respiratory diseases for a number of years, as bacterial chest infections are thought to be caused by breathing in fine droplets from the throat and mouth into the lungs.
This can cause infections, such as pneumonia, or could worsen an existing condition.
The Telegraph article goes on to mention how past oral systemic health studies have even suggested a higher mortality rate from pneumonia in people with higher numbers of gum problems.
Dr. Joshi concluded that this process “suggests that changes in oral bacteria play a role in the risk for developing pneumonia.”
So aside from diabetes, heart disease, stroke, premature birth, and problems with conception, it looks like we can now add pneumonia to the possible risks associated with poor dental health.
Besides the Brush & Floss 2x per Day…What Can We Do as Dental Patients?
Primarily, we can continue to read and share the informative beneficial dental health info published by ACE Dental Education. So remember to share this info with your loved ones when you’re through reading!
We can also communicate more with our dental health practitioners – whether it’s a hygienist or oral maxillofacial surgeon.
Simply opening the lines of communication between dentists and patients, will ultimately allow us to gain a greater knowledge of oral systemic health issues, and maybe take steps in everyday life to protect our teeth and gums…along with everything else.
Dental patients also need to educate themselves to the dangers of less than optimal oral health, just as it is incumbent on our trusted family dentists to educate us.
If We Only See Our Dentist Twice a Year, How Can We Keep Up with all this Dental Health Info?
The best dentists in town are not only good at dentistry; they’re also good at communicating with their respective local communities.
The best dentists tirelessly promote optimal oral health like an election year Presidential candidate.
They accomplish this molar media blitz by effectively utilizing popular communication channels; and by actually having face to face conversations with their people in their community, friends, families, colleagues, and us – dental patients.
Whether through the thrice annual office visit or with the help of their websites, dental newsletters, direct mail, blog posts, social media shares, digital word of mouth, Google+ Circles…and so on and so on and so on…technology and personal communication habits have merged to give us this social sharing dental space of beneficial overall health information.
So the next time your dentist cares enough to share the social dental info, give them a little love.
Ask questions if you have them; then spread the info amongst your friends, followers, and virtual connections!
Anyone know how else can we lend a little social street cred to our trusted neighborhood dentists?
The above article is a guest posting by Social Dental Network:
Social Dental Network is a consortium of dental advocates bent on communicating beneficial dental health information and promoting eradication of the cavity creeps. Generating return on social media engagement, increasing local online visibility, & amplifying digital word of mouth for neighborhood dental practices is what we do.
Determine Your Risk for Gum Disease
Last Updated on Wednesday, 7 December 2011 04:45 Written by Dental Education Blog Wednesday, 7 December 2011 04:45
There are literally millions of people who have gum disease but are unaware of the infection that is developing in their mouths. Below are some factors that contribute to gum disease. Although the below should not be used as dental advice it should be considered as a useful bit of information that you can use to determine if you are at a higher risk than most.
The chances of developing gum disease increase with age. Research indicates that older people have the highest rates of gum disease and need to do more to maintain their dental health.
Studies show that although women tend to take better care of their oral health than men, their oral health is not decidedly better than men’s. This can be attributed to the many hormonal fluctuations women experience throughout their lives.
If your gums bleed it may be a sign of gum disease. If your gums bleed regularly, you should consider getting checked out.
Teeth that become loose due to gum disease do so because the disease causes the deterioration of fibers and supporting bone that hold your teeth in place. If you have loose teeth it may be because of gum disease.
Amongst other health problems smoking can be one of the most significant factors in the development and progression of gum disease.
Dental Health Care
Regular brushing and flossing help to reduce the formation of calculus on your teeth. Although brushing and flossing contribute to healthy teeth and gums they alone cannot completely prevent calculus from forming. Brushing and flossing must be combined with professional dental cleanings which are recommended every six months.
Existing Health Problems
If you have cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes or Alzheimer’s there is research that suggests that gum disease may be linked to these conditions. Scientists believe that the bacteria in the mouth associated with gum disease can travel into the blood stream and pose threats to other parts of the body.
Research has shown that much of the US population, up to 30%, may be genetically susceptible to gum disease. If you or anyone in your family has a history of gum disease or tooth loss you may be at a higher risk for gum disease. Also, research shows that the bacteria from gum disease can travel through saliva putting families and couples at risk for contracting the disease.
Find a dentist who can help you.
Indications of Gum Disease
Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 September 2011 06:15 Written by Dental Education Blog Wednesday, 28 September 2011 08:04
Gum disease is a topic we touch on frequently here on the Dental Education Blog and for good reason. Gum disease leads to tooth loss and other terrible outcomes more often than it should seeing as though this is a preventable disease. Look for the following common signs of gum disease and contact a dentist immediately if you or a loved one suffers from them.
Gums bleed because of the accumulation of plaque caused by poor oral hygiene habits. Often people think that bleeding gums are a result of brushing too hard but this is often not the case. When plaque is left around the gum line for prolonged periods of time the gum tissues become inflamed. You can notice inflamed gums because of a red color or slight swelling. If the gums are constantly inflamed and not cleaned properly this can lead to bleeding from the affected area. Left alone this can result in gum tissue breakdown and the separation of the gums from the teeth. As bone is slowly lost around the tooth this will ultimately lead to tooth loss.
Bad breath or halitosis is often caused by gum disease as well. Gum disease causes bacteria to form in the mouth which can elicit unfavorable smells.
If you experience sensitivity to hot or colds it may be a sign of gum disease. Sensitive teeth that are associated with gum disease are caused by exposed roots. These roots become exposed because the gums have receded due to inflammation. Before gums recede they typically are red in appearance and this is a warning sign combined with sensitivity.
If you have teeth that are loose or that have shifted you may be well into the latter stages of the disease. This occurs when the gums have receded so much that bone loss has also occurred and no longer supports the tooth the way it once did. This is a very serious sign and will likely lead to tooth loss and the need for a dental appliance such as dentures or a dental implant.
Pain and Pus Discharge
Getting to the stage where extreme pain and even pus discharge is evident means that bacteria in your mouth and around your gums has taken a stronghold on you. You likely have developed a periodontal abscess where bacteria have become walled off in a periodontal pocket. If you have not made an appointment to get professional treatment by this stage tooth loss is imminent.