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    PERIODONTAL ISSUE | NOVEMBER 2021

    As we know, gum disease is prevalent in our society and can lead to many complications such as pain, infection, bleeding, and tooth loss. These complications are not always easily managed by patients, especially patients who are limited to what they can do and take at homes such as expectant mothers, children, and the elderly. As dental professionals, it’s important that we be able to prepare our patients for the early stages of gum disease in a manner that is easy and accessible for all!

    • Probiotics - A Complete Oral Healthcare Package 

      J Integr Med. 2020, Sumita Mishrar et al

    At home oral hygiene has been encouraged in patients starting at such a young age, that it’s safe to say everyone knows to brush and floss to prevent gum disease and cavities.  Despite this being common knowledge, we know that many people could do more at home to take care of their oral health and prevent disease. At the primary level of periodontal disease, the importance of at home care to ensure that the plaque biofilm doesn’t result in too much gingival inflammation, becomes even more important. There are many options out there for patients to maintain or improve their oral hygiene, however, what few patients realize is that there is more that can be done at home other than just brushing and flossing alone. The following article will review the use of probiotics for various oral health disorders and go into detail on the great potential found in using probiotics as a treatment for many oral disorders.

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    • Periodontal Disease in Pregnancy: The Influence of General Factor and Inflammatory Mediators

             Oral Health Prev Dent. 2019, Lucia Gil et al

    Pregnancy causes many changes to a woman’s body, and while many of these changes are exciting and miraculous there are some hormonal changes that can have a negative impact, especially on the expectant mother’s oral health! According to the CDC, 60-75% of pregnant women have gingivitis, and while there has been discussion around whether periodontitis has any negative impact on a pregnancy’s outcome, such as pre-term birth and low birth weight there is little evidence out there to prove this as irrefutable fact. While the research around pregnancy outcomes is still debated, the following article will instead seek to determine how plaque and progesterone affect periodontitis in pregnant women and study their relationship with inflammatory mediators

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