Hello to all of my returning readers! It has been several weeks since we posted on this blog site, but today, we will continue the article series of GI issues and gum disease. As promised in our last installment, today, our goal is to discuss peptic ulcers and how periodontal or gum disease can fit into the causative puzzle. For those of you who are frequent or returning readers, you already know that Dr. Scharf is a licensed Periodontist in Long Island who likes to educate his readers and patients in any area which affects their overall health, especially at it applies to all things dental and periodontal. So, let’s get started with our discussion today on how gum disease can affect your risk of developing peptic and other stomach ulcers as well as more serious maladies.
Connecting the Dots
It isn’t always a straight path from relating mouth ulcers to stomach ulcers. Most people, if they are experiencing oral tissue ulcers, will assume it is a side effect from severe gum disease, or at the minimum, assume that it is somehow oral in nature. But, how many of you who are reading this article right now, would be able to connect the dots from periodontal disease to stomach ulcers? Not many, we would assume, but, perhaps, more of you might think in those terms if you have been following this article series.
What You Probably Already Know
Most of you probably already know that gum disease, if left untreated, can lead to a number of health issues, some of which are not only major and life-threatening but also seemingly unrelated to periodontal disease. The factor that connects these major health issues (which, by the way, includes increased risk of cancers) is the unchecked growth of bacteria in the oral tissues which gets into the bloodstream. Once in the bloodstream, it is transported virtually to every organ and part of the body, where it is taken into every tissue type in its path. Once it gets into those various tissue types in those various organs and parts of the body, the damage cycle begins, leading to heart and cardiovascular issues, diabetes, kidney problems and any number of cancers.
H. Pylori Bacteria
Studies have been done recently which reveal an increased risk of cancer in patients having H. pylori related stomach ulcers. This study also reveals that patients with gum disease who have gum pocketing depths of 5 mm or greater have an increased risk of developing H pylori infections.
It is our hope that the information in this article series has increased your awareness of the fact that gum disease is a great deal more prevalent and, if left untreated, is a great deal more dangerous to the overall health of each and every member of your family than you may have been previously aware. But, fear not! Dr. Scharf can help! He wants to be your Periodontist in Long Island and, in the role, he can help to identify and treat gum and periodontal disease in any member of your family. Please don’t put off establishing with a dental professional. Call Dr. Scharf today at (631)661-6633 or pay him a visit online at https://drscharf.com and let him tell you how he can treat gum disease with a laser instead of a scalpel.