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Perio-Cardio Connection Impotence

CHICAGO—April 18, 2012  Patients should understand that by maintaining periodontal health, they are helping to reduce the inflammation in the body. A detailed examination of the teeth and gums, and an assessment of risk factors such as smoking, age, and overall health status is important in maintenance of your oral health. Patients diagnosed with periodontal disease should inform their general health care provider and/or cardiologist of their periodontal condition and treatment.

Placement of Implants Results in Minimal Bone Loss

May 11, 2009 Dental implants are frequently used as a replacement for missing teeth. A study published in the Journal of Periodontology found that the majority of bone remodeling occurred in the time between the implant placement and final prosthesis placement. The results of this study further indicate that a dental implant are an effective and dependable tooth replacement option.

Stress Impacts Oral Health such as Bruxism (grinding and clenching teeth)

Bruxism (grinding and clenching teeth) has been linked to work stress (Journal of Community Dentistry and Epidemiology) and personality type (Journal of Behavioral Medicine). In the personality type study, it was found that people who were apprehensive, tend towards bruxism. When combined with erosion (the effects of acids on teeth from diet or other sources), bruxism can have devastating effects on teeth and may require extensive corrective treatment. Treatment for bruxism includes the use of medication, mouth guards/splints, relaxation techniques and physical therapy.

Inflammation and Overall Health

Research has demonstrates an associatoion between periodontal disease and other chronic inflammatory conditions. Treating inflammation will help manage periodontal diseases and may also help with the management of other chronic inflammatory conditions. The only way to detect periodontal diseases is through a periodontal evaluation. Click on this site to see an animation of Oral-Systemic Disease Interface. http://www.perio.org/consumer/Systemic021711.swf

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