You are probably familiar with periodontal disease, but a less-often discussed topic is periodontal health. Dr. Nadji maintains a strong focus on preventive care. She is also committed to helping her patients achieve a higher level of wellness, beyond the absence of disease.
Brushing, flossing, and professional teeth cleaning are often touted as the secret recipe for a healthy mouth. Although these are crucial ingredients, they are far from a complete recipe. Your eating habits, lifestyle, stress level, health conditions, medications, family history, and many other factors affect oral health. Our approach is to customize your dental treatment and give individual advice helping you optimize your at-home oral care.
If your mouth is healthy, we can help you keep it that way. However, it is never too late to restore oral health. We take a comprehensive approach to fighting gum disease. When combined with improved nutrition, more effective at-home hygiene, and other therapeutic techniques, the infection can often be eliminated. Even in the worst cases, when the natural teeth cannot be saved, there are a number of restorative treatments available – from bone grafting to dental implants.
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What Will Happen If Gum Disease Is Not Treated?
Gum disease increases risk of dementia by up to 70%
Bacteria will eat away at your gums and jaw bone
More bad breath, bad taste and stomach problems
Chewing will become more painful, teeth will shift resulting in tooth loss
Gum disease will cause or worsen heart disease and diabetes
Painful, expensive surgery may be needed if left untreated
Swallowing bacteria causes stomach problems and pain
Most people find out they have gum disease years after it has already started
Patients with active gum disease have greater chance of suffering a heart attack
Gum Disease in Women
A woman's periodontal health may be impacted by:
During puberty, an increased level of sex hormones, such as progesterone and possibly estrogen, causes increased blood circulation to the gums. This may cause an increase in the gum's sensitivity and lead to a greater reaction to any
irritation, including food particles and plaque. During this time, the gums may become swollen, turn red and feel tender.
Occasionally, some women experience menstruation gingivitis. Women with this condition may experience bleeding gums, bright red swollen gums, and sores on the inside of the cheek. Menstruation gingivitis typically occurs right before a woman's period and clears up once her period has started.
Some studies have suggested the possibility of an additional risk factor – periodontal disease. Pregnant women who have periodontal disease may be more likely to have a baby that is born too early and too small. However, more research is needed to confirm how periodontal disease may affect pregnancy outcomes.
All infections are cause for concern among pregnant women because they pose a risk to the health of the baby. The Academy recommends that women considering pregnancy have a periodontal evaluation.
Menopause and Post-Menopause
Women who are menopausal or post-menopausal may experience changes in their mouths. They may notice discomfort in the mouth, including dry mouth, pain, burning sensations in the gum tissue and altered taste, especially salty, peppery or sour.
In addition, menopausal gingivostomatitis affects a small percentage of women. Gums that look dry or shiny, bleed easily and range from abnormally pale to deep red mark this condition. Most women find that estrogen supplements help to relieve these symptoms.
Gum Disease in Men
Periodontal health for men is extremely important as it may impact a variety of other health factors. Research has found that periodontal disease is higher in men (56.4 percent) than in women (38.4 percent). This may be because men are less likely to go to the dentist or because men have worse indicators of periodontal health than women, including higher incidence of dental plaque, tartar, and bleeding on probing. However, periodontal health for men is extremely important as it may impact a variety of other health factors.
Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) is an enzyme created in the prostate that is normally secreted in very small amounts. However, when the prostate becomes inflamed, infected, or affected by cancer, PSA levels rise. Research has shown that men with indicators of periodontal disease have red, swollen or tender gums as well as prostatitis (inflammation of the prostate), have higher levels of PSA than men with only one of the conditions. This means that prostate health may be associated with periodontal health, and vice versa.
Research indicates that periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease are associated; having periodontal disease may actually increase your risk of cardiovascular disease. Both diseases are chronic inflammatory conditions, and researchers believe that inflammation is the connection between gum disease and heart disease. Since men are already more likely to develop heart disease than women, maintaining periodontal health is another way to reduce this risk.
According to research, men with periodontal disease, especially those younger than 30 or older than 70, are at increased risk of developing impotence. Researchers believe that inflammation may be the link between the two conditions; prolonged chronic inflammation (the same type of inflammation that is associated with periodontal disease) can damage blood vessels leading to impotence.
Research has found that men with a history of gum disease are 14 percent more likely to develop cancer than men with healthy gums. Specifically, men with periodontal disease may be 49 percent more likely than women to develop kidney cancer, 54 percent more likely to develop pancreatic cancer, and 30 percent more likely to develop blood cancers.
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