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A Puzzling Visit to the Dentist






     Apart from numerous physical exams, there was one patient who is a 26 year old man from Long Beach, California who expected a series of blood tests before checking into the hospital last July for a long awaited kidney transplant.

Bewildered was what he was after hearing that he had to see a dentist.

Even if his gums were bad, he was not aware that they mattered. Prior to the surgery, he needs to be bacteria free.

According to doctors and dentists, gum disease is a serious matter.

Compiled research from the past five years state that if the condition has persisted for a long time without being treated, gum disease can contribute to Alzheimer's disease, osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease and stroke, diabetes, pregnancy complications, and even some types of cancers.

Oral infections lead to increased risks when it comes to surgical procedures including transplantation and cardiac valve replacement.

When it comes to the mouth, a periodontist at Boston University says that it was not considered as a body part for years.

One study that the New England Journal of Medicine published says that the function of blood vessel walls is improved when you treat severe gum disease leading to better heart health.

Considering periodontal bacteria bugs, you will find them in the placentas of pregnant women with high blood pressure and the arteries of people with heart disease.

You can say that it is too soon to determine from the evolution of this research that there is a direct connection between gum disease and other ailments.

When it comes to the compelling evidence, it is uniting the dental and medical professionals who were simple acquaintances in the past.

What are faced by the dental insurance industry because of this are sweeping changes.

Dental and medical insurance are offered by some health insurance companies that are now offering low cost enhanced dental benefits as well for patients who are high risk and who might experience broader health benefits by having a cleaner mouth.

Gum problems begin when the bacteria in plaque, the sticky film that forms on teeth, persists long enough to inflame the gums.

Actually, an inflammation is the body's way of fighting back. What unchecked inflammations can lead to are more problems.

There are a lot of Americans who have an inflammation of the superficial structure of the gum called gingivitis which can lead to gum disease.

What limits the extent of gingivitis include good brushing, flossing, and favorable genetics and this keeps gum disease at bay but there are still 30 to 40 percent of American adults who are affected by this condition of persistent inflammation.

About 10 percent of them have advanced cases where there is damage done to the bone, structure, and ligaments that support the teeth. Aside from rarely being uncomfortable, only a few symptoms other than bleeding exist with gum disease.

The gums will begin to hurt when it is already too late. Responsible for making the teeth and gums hurt are the dual forces of infection and inflammation in the mouth that reach the bloodstream and travel to other parts of the body.

There is a connection between gum disease and secondary infection that is related to people with mistral valve heart defects.

Considering valve patients, they have been given a warning by doctors to take antibiotics before teeth cleanings because the bloodstream can be infected by bacterial disruption in the mouth.

One other way gum disease damages the body is through inflammations. Cytokines are chemicals produced by the immune system when bacteria in plaque release toxins.

It is possible for tissues around the body to be damaged by cytokines that increase inflammations. When it comes to heart disease and cancer, a culprit in the development of many illnesses is inflammation.




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