Gum Disease and Gastrointestinal Ulcers: Are They Related? Part 3

Hello again! We welcome returning readers and newcomers!  For new readers to this site, we would like to introduce you to Dr. Scharf.  Our Dr. Scharf is a Periodontist in Long Island who loves to engage his readers and patients in discussions on various health conditions which concern all of us, especially when health issues about overall general health, related to dental health, oral health, and gum disease, are the topic at hand.  We recently began a new article series on gum disease and gastrointestinal ulcers, and how they are related.  Come along with us as we continue to explore this topic, with today’s segment discussing peptic stomach ulcers.

Inflammation

In past segments, as well as previous article series, we have talked about inflammation and some of the nightmares it causes in our mouths.  We have related to you the fact that this inflammation begins with bacteria feeding off residues left behind in your mouth from inadequate or infrequent cleanings, toothbrushing, and flossing.  We have emphasized the importance of good oral hygiene in every member of the family, to prevent the inflammation, resulting from less than desirable oral health, from getting into the bloodstream and traveling everywhere and anywhere in the body.

Peptic Stomach Ulcers

Sores or abrasions that develop in the lining of the stomach or upper part of the small intestine are called peptic ulcers.  The most commonly noted symptom of peptic ulcers are stomach pain, and this is true whether it is a gastric ulcer (occurring on the inside of the stomach) or duodenal (occurring in the upper section of the small intestine).  Here are some of the other symptoms you might notice if you have one of these types of ulcers:
A burning feeling of pain in the stomach

  • Feeling like you’re bloated, full, or belching
  • Problems eating fatty foods
  • The burning sensation in your throat that we call “heartburn”
  • Feelings of nausea which are sometimes transient

While most people will tell you that stress and spicy foods are the cause of this sickness, your takeaway is that these do not create a peptic ulcer.  They will exacerbate the symptoms mentioned above, to be sure, but they aren’t the reason for the ulcer.

In our next segment, we will talk a bit more about these symptoms and the role that stomach acid plays in them.  Until then, we encourage you to seek to establish with a dental professional who can help. Dr. Scharf wants to be your Periodontist in Long Island, and in that role, he can identify and treat gum disease in any of its stages in any member of your family.  Call him 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.

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