We welcome back our returning readers and any newcomers to our blog! For those of you who may be new to this blog site, let me introduce you to Dr. David R. Scharf. He is a Periodontist in Long Island and he loves to engage his readers and patients in discussions about a variety of health conditions which concern all of us. This is especially so when there are health issues pertaining to overall general health which are related to dental health, oral health, and gum disease. Our last segment began a new article series on gum disease and gastrointestinal ulcers, and how they are related. You’re invited to join us as we continue this journey over the next several weeks.
A brief review
In our last segment, we briefly explained how the debris left behind from normal eating and drinking gets stuck to the internal surfaces of your mouth. We further explained that, if these internal surfaces are not cleaned appropriately and regularly, the debris develops into inflammation, plaque, and the constant flow of nasty bacteria, via your bloodstream, into all parts of your body.
Gum disease, and the inflammation that accompanies it has been the subject of a great deal of research over the past several decades. Direct connections have been established between gum disease and several major health problems, and even some life-threatening diseases, and stomach ulcers are among some of those discoveries. The connection which has been established between gum disease and ulcers lies in the bacteria which is at the heart of the gum disease. It seems that these same periodontal disease bacteria are the very ones which cause stomach ulcers. If the flow of these bacteria is not controlled, re-infections and new ulcers can occur.
The best way to control all of that inflammation is to brush your teeth and floss several times a day and keep up with regular dental examinations. Dr. Scharf wants to be your Periodontist in Long Island, and in that role, he can identify and treat gum disease in any stage of development in any member of your family. Give us call and let him tell you how he can treat gum disease with a laser rather than a scalpel. Be sure to come back for the next segment of this important article series.
Contact us to schedule an appointment for treatment today!