More than 75 percent of Americans over 35 have some form of gum disease. In its earliest stage, your gums might swell and bleed easily. At its worst, you might lose your teeth. The bottom line? If you want to keep your teeth, you must take care of your gums.
Periodontal Disease Periodontal disease accounts for more tooth loss than caries, particularly in the elderly. Like dental caries, chronic infection of the gingiva and anchoring structures of the tooth begins with formation of bacterial plaque. The process begins invisibly above the gum line and in the gingival sulcus. Plaque, including mineralized plaque (calculus), is preventable by appropriate dental hygiene, including periodic professional cleaning.
Acne is a disorder of the body’s pilosebaceous units.
Each unit consists of a sebaceous gland and a
canal or follicle, which is lined with cells called
keratinocytes and which contains a fine hair. Most
numerous in the skin of the face, upper back, and
chest, sebaceous glands manufacture an oily substance
called sebum, which is released onto the skin’s surface
through the follicle’s opening, or pore.
All the constituents of the narrow follicle—the hair,
sebum, and keratinocytes—may form a plug that
prevents the sebum from reaching the surface of the
skin through the pore.
Roxanne Nelson May 28, 2008 — Periodontal disease is associated with a small but significant increase in cancer risk, researchers report. The association between periodontal disease and overall cancer risk was found in both smokers and nonsmokers, according to a study that appears in June issue of Lancet Oncology. The authors note that periodontal disease might be a marker of a susceptible immune system or might directly affect cancer risk.
Bad teeth can be painful and
worse. They can even be deadly. Infections of the gums and teeth can
release bacteria into the blood system. Those bacteria can increase the chances of a heart attack or stroke
and worsen the effects of other diseases. And adults are not the only ones at risk.