Peptic Ulcers and Gum Disease: Can You See a Connection? Part 3

Hello, again, to all of our faithful followers and new readers of our blog! If you are a frequent follower of this blog, then you are aware that we have developed this site with a reputation for educating our readers on a variety of dental and medical conditions, especially as they apply to the overall general health of our patients and readers.  Our Dr. Scharf, a Periodontist in Long Island, is a doctor who enjoys informing not only his patients but also his blog followers, in the many health conditions which affect both our physical overall health as well as our general dental health. Over the past couple of segments of this article series, we have been discussing the various causes of peptic ulcers, and today, we are picking up where we left off last time, discussing another common cause of peptic ulcers…so come along with us as we talk more about gum disease and peptic ulcers.

NSAIDs

Last time, we talked about some over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers like ibuprofen, naproxen sodium and aspirin (a.k.a. Motrin IB, Aleve, Anaprox, etc) that are commonly used for relief from pain relating to inflammation.  We also noted that many older adults are at higher risk of developing peptic ulcers since this age group suffers from arthritis and osteoarthritis and the inflammation that is generally associated with these conditions. These medications irritate the lining of the stomach and intestines which causes even more inflammation which leads to the birth of the ulcer.

Other Medications

While NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatories) are considered a cause for the development of peptic ulcers, they are not the only medication-related causative factors with which we must deal.  There are some other medications, taken for other health conditions, which, when taken with these NSAIDs, increase the risk of developing these types of ulcers a great deal. Here are some of those other medications:

  • Steroids
  • Anti-coagulants
  • Low-dose aspirin
  • Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
  • Alendronate (a.k.a. Fosamax)
  • Risedronate (a.k.a. Actonel)

Next time, we will discuss the non-medication factors of peptic ulcer development.  While these don’t necessarily “cause” the ulcers, they certainly create an atmosphere inside your digestive system which wreaks havoc with your body’s natural healing abilities.  In the meantime, be sure to give Dr. Scharf a call at (631)661-6633 or pay him a visit online at https://drscharf.com.  He wants to be your Periodontist in Long Island and awaits the opportunity to tell you how he can treat gum and periodontal disease with a laser rather than a scalpel.

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