MEDICAL

 

Diabetes

Diabetic patients are 3-4 times more likely to develop chronic gum infections, which, like any other infection in the body, can impair their ability to process and/or utilize insulin. Infections may cause diabetes to be more difficult to control and the infection may be more severe that someone without diabetes.

In addition, diabetic patients have a higher incidence of periodontal diseases, more severe levels of bone loss and gum infection, and often experience acute episodes of more aggressive disease activity, resulting in loss of teeth. Tooth loss can make it difficult to chew and digest food. For diabetic patients, this can have a devastating implant on the ability to maintain proper nutrition and control of the blood sugar levels.

Periodontal disease is the 6th leading complication of diabetes. Therefore, it is important to know their treatment options. A periodontist can provide treatment that may arrest gum disease and return the gums to a healthy state, preventing bone and tooth loss. Our treatment combines antibiotics, nutrition, and gum treatment which has shown to improve blood sugar levels in diabetic patients. 

heart disease

Periodontal disease can increase the risk for heart disease including hypertension, stroke and arteriosclerosis. Periodontal disease can exacerbate existing heart conditions. We work with your cardiologist to determine a comprehensive treatment plan which includes gum treatment, nutrition, wellness and home care.

Other disease

RESPIRATORY DISEASE 

Research has found that bacteria that grow in the mouth can be aspirated into the lungs to cause respiratory diseases such as pneumonia, especially in people with periodontal disease.

CANCER

Researchers found that men with gum disease were 49% more likely to develop kidney cancer, 54% more likely to develop pancreatic cancer, and 30% more likely to develop blood cancers.

INFLAMMATORY DISEASES

For a long time it was thought that bacteria was the factor that linked periodontal disease to other disease in the body. However, more recent research shows that inflammation may be responsible for association. Thus, treating inflammation may not only help manage periodontal disease but may also help with the management of other chronic inflammatory conditions. 

Women's Health

PUBERTY AND MENSTRUATION

Sex hormonal changes during puberty and menstruation may cause increased gum sensitivity and lead to greater reaction to any irritant, including plaque and food particles. During this time the gums become red and swollen. These conditions and symptoms tend to lessen as the amount of sex hormone decrease. It is important to maintain healthy gums during these hormonal fluctuations. Good home care and regular periodontal care will avoid periodontal disease which destroy bone and gums surrounding the teeth.

PREGNANCY

During pregnancy, most women experience increased gingivitis pr pregnanc;y gingivitis beginning in the second or third month increasing in severity through the eighth month. During this time, some women may observe swelling, bleeding, redness or tenderness in the gum tissue. In some cases, large gum lumps may develop due to local irritants.

These growths are called pregnancy tumors or pyogenic granulomas, are not cancerous or painful. They usually disappear after pregnancy, but may require professional removal by a periodontist. The best way periodontal conditions during pregnancy is to begin with healthy gums. If you are thinking about being pregnant, we can performa comprehensive periodontal evaluation.

If you are pregnant and have been diagnosed with periodontal disease, a simple non- surgical procedure called scaling and root planing may significantly redure your canges of having a preterm, low birthweight baby. A healthy mouth will give you and your baby a healthy start.

MENOPAUSE

If you are menopausal or post-menopausal, you may have noticed a change in the way your mouth looks and feels. For example, you may experience discomfort in your mouth, including pain, dryness, and burning sensations in the gums and tongue. Sometimes, hormone replacement medications may cause menopausal stomatitis, marked by gums that look dry or shiny, bleed easily. If you are experiencing any symptoms associated with menopause or pst0menopause, we can customize your treatment to help manage your condition.

OSTEOPEROSIS

Researchers suggest that a link between osteoporosis and bone loss in the jaw. Studies suggest that osteoporosis may lead to tooth loss because the density of the bone that supports the teeth may be decreased, which means the teeth no longer have a solid foundation.

MEDICATIONS

Oral contraceptives, bisphosphonates, hormone replacement medications, antidepressants, and certain heart medications may cause dry mouth, tender gums, and enlarged gums. These conditions frequently result in bacterial infections under the gum line causing bleeding gums and bad breath.

IV bisphosphonate therapy, a bone-sparing medications for metastatic cancer, may develop osteonecrosis of the jaw.This condition can cause severe and often irreversible and debilitating damage to the jaw. If an IV bisphosphonate has been prescribed to you, we can perform a comprehensive periodontal exam prior to to the treatment.