Oral Health During Cancer Therapy

Certain cancer treatments can have side effects that may compromise the health of your gums. Understanding how to reduce impact on your gums is the first step to maintaining periodontal health during cancer therapy. Pretreatment Evaluation and Oral Hygiene Routine It is important to visit your periodontist for a comprehensive periodontal evaluation before undergoing any type of cancer treatment. Identifying and correcting potential problems in your mouth may prevent them from intensifying or interfering with chemotherapy or [...]

Oral Health During Cancer Therapy2019-12-02T03:19:06+00:00

Periodontal Health for Men

Research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that periodontal disease is significantly more prevalent in men (nearly 60 percent of U.S. adults over 30) than in women (nearly 40 percent of U.S. adults over 30). This may be because men, who are less likely to see the dentist regularly, also have worse indicators of periodontal health than women, including higher incidence of dental plaque, tartar, and bleeding during a dental exam. With their [...]

Periodontal Health for Men2019-12-02T03:08:52+00:00

Periodontal Disease and Reducing Inflammation

Periodontal disease (also known as gum disease) is a chronic inflammatory condition in which plaque bacteria accumulate below the gum line. Over time, the inflammatory response to the bacteria can cause the erosion of gum tissue and supporting bone. If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss. The good news is that through such treatments as scaling and root planing, a periodontist can help you reduce the inflammation in your gums. There are a few [...]

Periodontal Disease and Reducing Inflammation2019-12-02T02:50:29+00:00

Periodontal Disease and Diabetes

About the Conditions Diabetes is one of the leading causes of death in the U.S., affecting nearly 26 million Americans. Diabetes causes the body not to produce or properly supply insulin, a hormone needed to convert sugar (or glucose) into energy. People with diabetes may experience a host of other systemic complications, including periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is an inflammatory response to a bacterial infection in the gums. If left untreated, the disease may cause damage to [...]

Periodontal Disease and Diabetes2019-12-02T02:44:15+00:00

Gum Disease and 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 [...]

Gum Disease and Men2019-07-29T02:24:17+00:00

Inflammation and Periodontal Disease

Most people know that maintaining healthy teeth and gums is a necessary step in achieving overall wellbeing. In fact, now not only dentists encourage brushing and flossing, but many physicians also promote oral hygiene as a way to help keep the rest of the body healthy. Several research studies have suggested that gum disease may be associated with other health issues, including heart disease, stroke and diabetes. And with more and more research reinforcing the connection [...]

Inflammation and Periodontal Disease2019-07-29T03:03:32+00:00

Bisphosphonate Therapy Can Impact Oral Health

Updating your dental professional on changes in your medical history at every dental visit may help to ensure medications you are taking such as bisphosphonates don’t interfere with your treatment results, or cause post-treatment complications. Bisphosphonates, also known as bone-sparing drugs, are commonly used in tablet form to prevent and treat osteoporosis in postmenopausal women.  Tablet form bisphosphonates are often called “oral bisphosphonates.”  Other forms administered intravenously (IV) are commonly used in the management of advanced [...]

Bisphosphonate Therapy Can Impact Oral Health2019-07-29T02:28:10+00:00

What Your Gums Can Expect When You Are Expecting

Congratulations! You are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant! Whether or not you want it, everyone you know will be giving you advice about how to eat, sleep, exercise, and take care of your body during this exciting time.  However, what some might forget to add to that list is the importance of taking care of your oral health. Good oral health is always important. However, it may be especially important for expecting mothers as recent [...]

What Your Gums Can Expect When You Are Expecting2019-07-29T02:47:33+00:00

Oral Health During Cancer Therapy

Cancer therapy can cause oral complications that compromise periodontal health, so a visit to your periodontist is important to help keep your gums healthy during this difficult time. Oral Complications Common side effects of cancer treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation to the head and neck, and bone marrow transplantation can negatively impact your overall health and quality of life. Radiation and chemotherapy kill cancer cells, but they can also hurt normal cells. Complications vary for every [...]

Oral Health During Cancer Therapy2019-07-29T02:59:14+00:00

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Swollen joints and missing teeth often go hand in hand The American Academy of Periodontology encourages rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients not to brush off daily oral hygiene because you may have a greater risk of losing your teeth to periodontal disease, a bacterial infection of the gums. A study published in the Journal of Periodontology found that people with RA were twice as likely to have periodontal disease with moderate to severe jawbone loss.  In fact, [...]

Rheumatoid Arthritis2019-07-29T02:53:10+00:00
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