Periodontal Disease Associated with Increased Health Risks

A new report published in the Journal of Periodontology explores the relationship between periodontal disease and an increased risk of sores and precancerous cells. Mouthhealthy.org provides additional information on periodontal disease.

A Reuters report shows that a study involving 35 people suggests periodontal disease “may increase people’s risk for sores in the digestive tract that can lead to stomach cancer.”

The article reports that researchers found, “32 percent of people with precancerous gastric lesions had the kind of bleeding during dental exams that is a hallmark of periodontal disease,” and they were also “more likely to have high levels of several types of bacteria in their mouths that can contribute to periodontal disease.”

Periodontal disease, or periodontitis, is a gum disease that affects gum tissue and can eventually lead to decay of the actual jawbone. While this is a serious matter in its advanced stages, it is treatable with a proper health plan from a certified professional. During a visit, a dentist will perform a common mouth exam while checking typical problem areas around the teeth and gums.

The area between the teeth and around the gum line is a hotbed for bacterial growth and excess plaque. If left unchecked, this will lead to inflammation of tissue and eventual decay of both tissue and bone. Dr. Essen and his team aim to educate clients on the potential dangers of poor hygiene as early as possible.

In Palm City and Stuart, Essen Dentistry is able to perform initial exams to discover any problems you may have before they progress too far.

While there is no way to reverse periodontal disease, early action can help prevent it. Schedule a visit to make sure you are taking the proper steps towards a healthy mouth by calling us or scheduling an appointment online with the best Palm City dentist you can find.

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