Posts for tag: Gum Disease
Since February is American Heart Month, it is a great time to take note of your heart health! Cardiovascular disease remains America's number one killer, according to the American Heart Association. Studies have also shown that there is a correlation between gum disease and heart disease, which underscores the importance of good oral health care!
Visting our office on a regular basis can help to prevent gum disease or at least catch it in its early stages. How? Our Dental Team checks each patient for gum disease at each check-up exam and cleaning. Having your teeth professionally cleaned on a regular basis reduces the oral bacterial count, which can lead to the development of gum disease.
In observance of Heart Month, it is important to know your heart health numbers!
- Blood pressure: less than 120/80
- Cholesterol: less than 200
- BMI: less than 25
November is National Diabetes Month! Today's BLOG takes a closer look at Diabetes and the Dental Connection! For nearly 30 million Americans who have diabetes, many may be surprised to learn about an unexpected complication associated with this condition. Research shows that there is an increased prevalence of gum disease among those patients with diabetes. Serious gum disease called periodontitis, has now been added to the list of other complications associated with diabetes, such as heart disease, stroke and kidney disease.
Recent research also suggests that there is a two-way street between gum disease and diabetes. Not only are people with diabetes more susceptible to periodontitis, but this painless, yet serious type of gum disease, may also have the potential to affect blood glucose control and contribute to the progression of the overall disease itself. Further studies now report that people with diabetes are at a higher risk not only for periodontitis, but also for other oral health problems, such as gingivitis, fungal infections called thrush, mouth ulcers and cavities. Patients with diabetes are at an elevated risk for gum disease and these other dental problems because that are generally more susceptible to bacterial infections, and they have a decreased ability to fight the oral bacteria that invade the gums and tooth structures!
Controlling blood glucose is the first and foremost important aspect of preventing the dental problems associated with diabetes. Good blood glucose control can also help prevent or relieve diabetic dry mouth, which elevates the risk for tooth decay. Taking good care of your teeth and gums, along with regular dental checkups every six months, or as instructed by Our Dental Team, are further steps that can be taken to prevent the common dental problems associated with the disease.
As November focuses on Diabetes, don't allow this disease to negatively impact your oral health. If you are in need of an Appointment, or have any questions concerning the Dental Connection and Diabetes, call our office at 918-455-0123!
Researchers have found that frequent recreational cannabis use -including marijuana, hashish, and hash oil- may be associated with an increased risk of periodontal (gum) disease. When compared to study participants who used cannabis less regularly, those who had used it at least once a month for a year demonstrated increased indicators of mild, moderate, and severe periodontal disease.
In the report published in the Journal of Periodontology, participants who identified themselves as frequent users of recreational cannabis demonstrated an increase in periodontal pocketing. Pocket depths are critical indicators of periodontal disease, measuring the space between a tooth and surrounding tissue. Healthy attachment of gum tissue, which should fit snuggly around a tooth, measures between 1MM to 3MM in depth. Pocket depth measurements indicative of disease can range from 3MM to 5MM deep (mild periodontal disease) to more than 7MM deep (severe periodontal disease).
Periodontal disease is caused by an inflammatory reaction to a bacterial infection below the gumline, and it can lead to swelling, irritation, receding gums, and tooth loss if left untreated. The American Academy of Periodontology recommends regular flossing, brushing two minutes twice a day, and undergoing yearly comprehensive periodontal evaluations for the prevention of gum disease, which is treatable and often reversible with proper and timely care.