Inflammation in Periodontal Disease a Red Flag for Cancer

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By not taking care of your teeth there is more on the line than tooth decay and periodontal disease – although that’s bad enough. Practicing good oral hygiene may be…


Link Between Periodontal Disease and Oral Cancer

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The Dental Air Force is a home dental cleaning system that replaces tooth brushing and oral irrigation.Learn More There is a strong relationship between periodontal disease and oral cancer.  In patients with tongue cancer, the periodontal disease preceded the tongue cancer. Although periodontal disease and oral cancers are both located in the mouth, until recently, there was never thought to be a connection between the two. New evidence is coming to light to show that those with periodontal disease increase their risk of tongue cancer. There are many causes of oral cancer - unhealthy diets rich in sugars, poor diets, large consumption of tobacco, heavy alcohol consumption and heredity. In addition, there are different types of oral cancers – lip, tongue and really anywhere in the mouth. Tongue cancer is the most common and the most dangerous. The chance of this disease is high in men who over age 60, less in those below 40 years of age and less in women. In the primary stages of tongue cancer, a small lump or thick white patch appears on the tongue and later is converted into an ulcer. If it is not treated properly, cancer spreads to other places in the mouth, such as gums, lower jaw, lymph nodes and neck. When the tumor enlarges the tongue also becomes more rigid and the ability for the movement of the tongue is reduced. The tumor may also affect speech and swallowing. Common Symptoms of Tongue Cancer The common symptoms of oral cancer are patches inside the mouth, lips that are white, lips that are both red and white, a sore on the lip or in the mouth that won’t heal, bleeding in the mouth, difficulty in swallowing, a lump in the neck, or loose teeth. Treatment Methods for Oral Cancer The treatment...

Evidence Suggests that One Way to Live Longer is to Clean Your Teeth Better

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The Dental Air Force is a home dental cleaning system that has been proven to fight against gum disease. Besides the most commonly suggested advice of stopping smoking, losing weight,…


Dental Problems Linked To Heart Disease and Diabetes

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The Dental Air Force is a home dental cleaning system that replaces tooth brushing and oral irrigation.Learn More Dental Problems Linked To Heart Disease and Diabetes Over the last ten years there has been a growing body of evidence linking periodontal disease and systemic diseases. Every day new research is making the link stronger. Periodontal infection is the advanced stages of gum disease that causes bone loss. The bone loss is irreversible. Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease and with early detection, treatment and proper oral hygiene can be reversed. Periodontal infection has been associated with other systemic disorders that would not on the surface appear related. A regular toothbrush breaks down after each us and harbors bacteria. The Dental Air Force is a complete dental cleaning solution available in the home. Dental Air Force eliminates hard-to-remove plaque and kills bacteria which causes periodontal disease. Learn More Periodontal disease is a potential risk factor for: Infective Endocarditis (damaged heart valves) Cardiovascular Diseases (Arteriosclerosis, Coronary thrombosis Ischemic heart disease, Stroke) Diabetes Respiratory Problems Pancreatic Cancer Behavioral and Psychosocial Status Not only is there an indirect link between periodontal infections and systemic disorders, but periodontal disease is infectious or communicable and can be passed between family members. It makes sense that infection in the mouth can find its way to other parts of the body. Initially it was thought that the bacteria in the mouth that cause periodontal disease were directly infecting different sites in the body, like the heart or lungs or artificial implants. This is true. However, there is more to it than that. The body recognizes the bacteria in the mouth as a chronic infection and uses its defense mechanism to fight it. The body calls upon itself to manufacture blood constituents, such as neutrophils, eosinophils, and...

Dental Problems Often Cause Bad Breath

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Speak with confidence. The Dental Air Force is a home dental cleaning system that eliminates and prevents bad breath. Learn More Dental Problems Often Cause Bad Breath The Direct Link between Bacterial Plaque, Bad Breath, and Dental problems Bad breath or halitosis, dental decay, periodontal disease, and gingivitis are all caused by the anaerobic bacteria that live in the mouth. Anaerobic means living in the absence of air. These types of bacteria are mostly pathological. Bad breath is the odor produced by bacteria living off food particles, each other and dying tissue. Bad breath can also be caused by other more serious health issues. An example of this is diabetes that can cause acidosis which in turn causes bad breath. Dental decay is actually caused by the acidic excrement from the bacteria. The tooth is literally being dissolved by chronically being bathed in this acid. Gingivitis is the inflammation of the gums caused by your own body trying to fight off the invasion of the bacteria. Periodontal disease (perio = around, and dontal = tooth) is the loss of bone and tissue attachment around the tooth. It is caused by a microbial invasion around the tooth by anaerobic bacteria. Odors and acids are produced in the film of plaque that resides between teeth, along the gum line and on the surface of the tongue. The plaque is produced by the bacteria. Poor oral hygiene cannot keep the population of bacteria under control, resulting in bad breath. Cleaning teeth twice daily is the minimum requirement for reducing the population of bacteria. However, meticulous cleaning is difficult. Tooth brushing does not access in between teeth and often causes ridges and grooves along the gum line. Oral irrigating does not cut through the sticky greasy barrier the plaque produces. A regular toothbrush breaks...

Biofilm – The Microbial Zoo in Your Mouth

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The Dental Air Force is a home dental cleaning system that replaces tooth brushing and oral irrigation. Learn More Biofilm and The Microbial Zoo in your Mouth There is a microbial zoo having a party in your mouth. These microbes are constantly being fed by the carbohydrates and tissue proteins that reside in your mouth. Poor oral maintenance explodes the number of microbes at the party. It’s like having a sign outside your house offering “free beer”. This zoo full of microbes is sophisticated. Using chemical mediators, hormones, and prostaglandins, the microbes “talk” to each other. They share genes with each other and us. They mutate and generally wreak havoc. They fight feed, form gangs, and prey on other organisms and our bodies. It’s the party that is out of control. There are two reasons you need to crash this party Number one – teeth and gums: Teeth and gums are prone to biofilm infections causing caries, gingivitis, and periodontal disease. Fifty percent of the population over 35 and 70% over 65 has periodontal disease. Symptoms of this infectious disease are sore, bleeding and inflamed gums, loose teeth and bad breath. The microbial zoo in your mouth is so resilient that after vigorous teeth cleaning by a dentist, it takes only about 10 days and you have all the bacteria back, well organized, and ready to start creating disease again. After home brushing and flossing, it only takes about three hours for the party to start again. Number two – infection and diseases in your body We are the life supply of nutrients to the organisms that live in our mouths and we ingest them. These unwanted party-goers are involved in chemical warfare. They are parasites mostly to each other, and stressful to you. These microorganisms “modulate” or turn on...

The Link Between Periodontal Disease and Diabetes

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The Dental Air Force is a home dental cleaning system that replaces tooth brushing and oral irrigation.Learn More The Link Between Periodontal Disease and Diabetes Diabetes affects about 24 million Americans or about 8% of the population. It is a disease that is characterized by high levels of blood sugar caused by malfunctioning insulin production. An insulin resistant individual becomes diabetic when the pancreas can no longer put out sufficient insulin to lower the blood sugar and the organ becomes exhausted. The pancreas is controlled by hormonal feedback mechanisms. Acute and chronic infections create hormonal chaos in the body. Periodontal disease is the most widespread infectious disease on the planet, consequently provokes a great deal of chaos. Blood vessels in a diabetic are also compromised. They thicken and slow the delivery of oxygen to the extremities. Likewise, they slow the removal of waste from these tissues. All of which lowers the defense to infection, including periodontal infection. A Dentistry Today publication detailed the link between periodontal disease and diabetes. Those with diabetes have more severe periodontal issues and those with the oral disease have a more difficult time controlling their diabetes. The link is found in both adults and children. About 50 percent of children have periodontal disease according to the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford University Medical Center. Unfortunately, the symptoms of the disease are often not noticeable until the disease is advanced. A dentist can diagnose the disease in the early stages, prior to parents realizing their children have it. Thus, it is important that children with diabetes receive regular oral check-ups. It is recommended that diabetics who have periodontal disease should be treated for the periodontal infection.\ A regular toothbrush breaks down after each us and harbors bacteria. The Dental Air Force is a complete dental...

The Pain In Your Abdomen Might Be Related To The Disease In Your Mouth

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The Dental Air Force is a home dental cleaning system that replaces tooth brushing and oral irrigation.Learn More The Pain in Your Abdomen Might be Related to the Disease in Your Mouth By P., Piero D.D.S. A growing number of studies have found numerous links between periodontal disease, also referred to as perio or gum disease, and our overall health. One study published in the journal Fertility and Sterility and carried out at the University of Michigan Endometriosis Center acknowledged the possibility that there's a association between periodontal disease and endometriosis. These conditions are both immune response impairments. With more than 4000 women participating in the study, the results showed that women with endometriosis had a 57% higher likelihood of having periodontal issues than those without it. About Endometriosis Endometriosis affects women of childbearing age and unfortunately, there is not an absolute cause for the condition. The source is a thickening of the outside area of the uterus that results in abnormal bleeding, pain and in some cases infertility. Treatment depends on age and if the patient is planning on getting pregnant in the future. Some treatment options are pain relieving medications, oral contraceptive and hormone treatment. Surgery is an option for severe cases and those having infertility management. About Periodontal Disease Periodontal disease or gum disease affects people of all ages, gender and ethnic backgrounds. Its symptoms are often overlooked until the disease is serious. Bad breath, puffy, red or bleeding gums, painful chewing and loose teeth are some of the symptoms. Eighty percent of the population will have some form a periodontal disease in their lifetime. It is a chronic infection that inflames the tissues and arteries of the whole body – not just gums and teeth. Prevention requires impeccable oral hygiene. Treatment requires the care of a...
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First Flossing and Now Brushing Doesn’t Work

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  As reported in August 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services no longer recommends flossing as a daily oral hygiene routine. They did this because the benefits…