Can Losing Weight Help Me Fight Gum Disease?

The latest research is suggesting so. Researchers at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine have found the body is better able to fight off gum disease when it has fewer fat cells as these cells can trigger inflammation. The findings come from a pilot study of 31 obese people who had an average body mass index (BMI) of 39 and who were also suffering from gum disease. Half of the group underwent gastric bypass surgery and had fat cells removed from the abdomen, while the control group did not undergo surgery or have any fat removed.

Both groups were treated for their gum disease using a combination of appropriate nonsurgical periodontal treatments. These included scaling and root planing and improved daily oral hygiene routines. Although both groups showed improvement, those who had undergone surgery fared better on plaque levels, bleeding and measures for periodontal attachment. One thing which fascinated the researchers was that the glucose levels dropped in the group who underwent surgery and who had fat cells removed, as this finding could be significant for overweight people at risk of developing diabetes or insulin related problems.

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Periowave Video Blog #1: How Is Periowave Integrated Into A Dental Practice?

So, we’re pretty excited about this!

Have you ever wondered how Periowave is used in a dental office? Well, look no further. We’re giving you a behind-the-scenes look at how dentists and hygienists integrate Periowave into their practice. In the first video blog, the staff from Unionville Gate Family Dentists share with us what it was like getting trained by the Periowave team and how it felt to treat their very first patient.

“My first patient was a lady in her 60s. Her main concern was a lot of bleeding… the gum was very, very swollen and she couldn’t get it under control… The first Periowave treatment was simple and really straightforward. The patient’s healing was quite noticeable, almost immediately!”

The next few videos we have planned will cover Periowave protocol, technique, and patient education. If you have any suggestions for topics you’d like to see, be sure to let us know in the comments below. In the meantime, check out what Dr. Erwood and his hygienist Sidney have to say about Periowave!

Can Brushing Your Teeth Reduce Your Risk Of Developing Cardiovascular Disease?

Anyone who doesn’t brush their teeth at least twice a day is at increased risk of developing heart disease according to a study published in the British Medical Journal. Although many studies have shown that periodontal disease is linked to the hardening of the arteries, this was the first study to investigate whether or not there was a link between the number of times a person brushes their teeth each day and their risk of developing heart disease.

This particular study looked at data collected from 11,000 adults who had taken part in the Scottish Health Survey. This study was particularly relevant to the Scottish population as the incidence of cardiovascular disease is quite high. The survey asked individuals about their lifestyle behaviours including physical activity, oral health routines and whether or not they smoked. They were also asked how frequently they visited their dentist and how often they cleaned their teeth. Additional information included their medical history, and whether or not there was a family history of heart disease and blood pressure problems.

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Link between Gum Disease and Heart Disease Acknowledged by American Heart Association

Studies have found an association between gum disease and heart disease that cannot be explained by the common risk factors – American Heart Association

Recently, the American Heart Association (AHA) distributed a press release acknowledging the link between gum disease and heart disease. In this news release, the AHA clarifies its views on the relationship between gum disease and heart disease – yes, there is a link between the two problems and more research is needed to produce evidence of an incontestable causative relationship.

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