Recent research has show that the links between tobacco, heart disease and lung disease cannot be questioned. Now there are undeniable links between tobacco usage and periodontal disease. Patients with periodontal disease who are still smoking are increasing the serverity of their case, due to increased calculus on th teeth.
Research has shown that there are undisputable links between the use of tobacco and cancer, heart disease and lung disease. Now we know that there are links between periodontal disease and tobacco usage. When patients have periodontal disease and smoke the cases of periodontal disease are more severe. More calculus forms on the teeth, it creates deeper pockets between the gums and the teeth and this in turn damages bone causing the fibers that hold your teeth in your mouth to weaken. This also causes an increase in the chances of developing oral cancer. These chemicals in the tobacco and the nicotine slow down the healing and the predictability of how successful the treatments can be. This is why quitting smoking is the best plan due to it increased health benefits.
During pregnancy gums and teeth are affected considerably. In the last semester there may be swelling of the gums and bleeding. They may also become tender and red. In some instances large lumps can appear which are reactions to local irritants. These are usually painless and non-cancerous. If they need to be removed they can be but they will usually subside once the baby is delivered. Expectant mothers should practice periodontal health as part of their pre-natal care. The onset of any infections during pregnancy or any periodontal infections can place the unborn child at a risk.
Dr Saarji recommends that patients with heart disease, diabetes, osteopenia and osteoporosis often have infections that correlate to periodontal disease. The danger is that the bacterial disease can spread through the blood stream and affect other parts of the body