Women's Hormonal Changes Linked to Gum Disease
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.
Blood Clots from Gum Disease
Scientists in Ireland have been tackling an oral bacteria that is related to causing the formation of blood clots and endocarditis, an inflammation of the inside lining of the heart chambers and heart valves. The bacteria, streptococcus gordonii, is a normal inhabitant of the mouth and contributes to plaque that forms on the surface of teeth. When these bacteria enter into the blood stream through bleeding gums they can create health issues such as blood clots that lead to growth on the heart valves as well as inflammation of the blood vessels that can block the blood supply to the heart or brain.
The scientists are looking for ways to develop new drugs that combat the blood clots from forming and the ensuing infective endocarditis. Dr. Helen Peterson, who has presented the health issue and is working towards a solution, is quoted as saying “What our work clearly shows is how important it is to keep your mouth healthy through regular brushing and flossing, to keep these bacteria in check.”
Here at Cosmetic Dentistry of Colorado we are hoping the scientists make great strides and use this information to inform our patients of the benefits of good oral hygiene and prevention. Regular dental cleanings, good at-home hygiene, and a healthy diet are keys to the avoidance of dental related health problems.
In the event you are suffering from gum disease or dental health issues related to your gums we offer non-surgical gum disease treatments to remove plaque and tartar from the gum line and to remove bacterial toxins. The science behind gum disease continues to show its relation to other health problems as noted above in the Irish study. Blood clotting can be a very serious health issue and can threaten your life. If you suffer from gum disease you deserve relief.
Contact us today for more information on gum disease therapy in Denver.
Bad breath (halitosis) is one of the least attractive oral health problems and can lead to embarrassment as well as be a sign of additional health problems. In fact, a large part of the reason people have bad breath is because they also suffer from gum disease. Unfortunately you can’t cure bad breath with gum, mints or mouth wash alone, more aggressive treatments must be sought out to rid your mouth of foul scents.
Bad breath is caused when the waste produced by bacteria in the mouth comes in contact with the air. Bad breath from gum disease is caused when the bacterial plaque that forms around the teeth is left to grow and contribute to bad scents. Most often bad breath is seen in people who exhibit the following:
- Poor dental hygiene practices such as inconsistent brushing and flossing
- People who find dental hygiene difficult such as children, the elderly, and the disabled
- People who smoke
- People who take certain medications that inhibit saliva flow or produce dry mouth
- People with certain medical conditions- Dr. Radz can help you determine if your condition is causing bad breath
- Poor diet can contribute to bad breath with foods such as diet soda, onions, spices, garlic, and coffee
- People who use oral appliances such as braces or dentures that can accumulate bacteria and are difficult to clean
Bad Breath Solutions
First and foremost proper dental hygiene will be the foundation to any bad breath problem. This includes brushing at least twice a day, flossing once a day, the use of an antiseptic mouthwash, and a tongue scraper. Combined these processes will work to effectively remove bacterial build-up and the associated scents.
If the above conservative treatments are ineffective at curing your bad breath then Dr. Radz can help by implementing a more professional breath kit that works to destroy odor producing compounds. To learn more about bad breath treatment or to schedule an appointment contact us today.
Gum disease is a ruthless offender. This bacterial infection of the gums attacks healthy tissue with the goal of destroying the bonds that hold teeth and gums together. It also impacts overall health, putting you at risk for serious whole-body complications, including heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, dementia, diabetes complications, and more.
At the Downtown Denver office of dentist, lecturer, and author Dr. Gary Radz, we’ll work with you to keep gum disease at bay. By focusing on prevention and providing non-invasive therapies to combat gum disease, Dr. Radz improves overall health and wellbeing. » Read more..