Gum disease genes identified by researchers

Researchers at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine (CDM) Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) have identified 41 master regulator genes that may cause gum disease, also known as periodontal disease. The study was the first of its kind to employ genome-wide reverse engineering to identify the gene pathways that contribute to periodontitis. Findings of the study were published recently in …

Link Between Breast Cancer and Gum Disease

A study out of the UK has some concerning information for older women. Women are both postmenopausal and have periodontal disease, otherwise known was gum disease, have a much higher chance of developing breast cancer. The  study showed that a woman with gum disease is 14% more likely to get a positive diagnosis for breast cancer. The study was published …

The link between Inflammation in mouth and rheumatoid arthritis

In the last several years more research results have been connecting the link between Inflammation in mouth and rheumatoid arthritis. At first glance, these two conditions seem to have very little in common. One deals in joint pain and the other gum and dental pain. Rheumatoid arthritis affects millions of Americans. It is considered a chronic joint disease that causes …

Gum Disease Bacteria Selectively Disarm Immune System

In healthy people, these bacteria are typically harmless and often helpful, keeping disease-causing microbes at bay. But, when disturbances knock these bacterial populations out of balance, illnesses can arise. Periodontitis, a severe form of gum disease, is one example. In a new study, University of Pennsylvania researchers show that bacteria responsible for many cases of periodontitis cause this imbalance, known …

PerioChip® – The latest in Fighting Periodontal Disease

There is a new weapon in fighting periodontal disease here at Progressive Dental, it’s called PerioChip. PerioChip® is a unique biodegradable chip, which contains 2.5 mg of Chlorhexidine Gluconate that has been shown to be an effective and safe treatment for reduction of pocket depth (PD) in patients with adult periodontitis with a PD greater than or equal to 5mm, …

Know and Prevent the Top Five Dental Complaints

Maintaining good dental health is imperative. Most of us suffer from some dental problem or the other. Most of these can be taken care of with easy precautions and solutions. You just have to be careful about maintaining dental hygiene. Regular dental checkups, brushing your teeth twice a day are some of those habits that can prevent serious problems. You …

Oral Systemic Link – The Gum Disease and Heart Disease Link

When you make that first appointment  to  go to your dentist it is important to give as  much  of your medical history as possible .It is also important to  give your family history as well. For example, if your family has a history of heart disease, stokes, kidney disease, ect.  you need to tell your dentist.  Right away though, many …