Friday, February 21, 2014

The Link Between Breast Cancer and Gum Disease

Periodontal disease has been linked to many health issues such as diabetes,  heart disease, strokes, respiratory diseasepregnancy complications, and more.  In a recent study of over 3,000 patients, they found that breast cancer was statistically linked with periodontal disease and missing molars. 

Of 3,273 patients with periodontal disease/any missing molars, 5.5% had breast cancer versus 0.5% of the patients who had periodontal disease but no missing molars in the mandible. They concluded, based on their findings, that women may be over 11 times more likely to suffer from breast cancer if they have periodontal disease and missing teeth. 

Periodontal disease is a serious issue, and if it goes untreated it can become difficult to treat.  Dr. Versman, Dr. Heller, and Dr. Beckman at Periodontal Associates are experts at treating periodontal disease and placing implants for missing teeth.  If you are worried you have gum disease or need an implant, don't hesitate to call us at 303-755-4500 or schedule an appointment online. 

Friday, February 14, 2014

How to Manage Bad Breath


Today is Valentine's Day and on this special holiday, kissing is the universal symbol for romance and love.  What if you're ashamed and embarrassed you have bad breath?  Here are some quick fixes to help you smooch away without the worry:

  • Brush 2 times a day for 2 minutes; brushing regularly helps keep the mouth clean
  • When you brush, don't forget to lightly brush your tongue to get all the bacteria
  • Chew sugar-less gum; gum helps stimulate saliva production
  • Floss once a day; flossing helps get old, stale pieces of food that can get stuck between your teeth
  • Eat an apple; apple freshen and act as a natural flosser
  • Don't smoke; smoking; it dries out your mouth and leaves harsh chemicals in your mouth
  • Drink lots of water; bad breath can be caused from can be caused from a dry mouth
  • Drink green tea; it contains antibacterial compounds that fight germs in your mouth

These are a few ways to help with bad breath, if you notice that you have persistent bad breath, call Periodontal Associates today - 303-755-4500.  Bad breath can be a sign of periodontal (gum) disease and should be addressed as soon as possible.  Drs. Versman, Heller, and Beckman are experts at treating periodontal disease and can help you.