Neglected Gums Linked to the Dangers of Obesity

Obesity is one of the top health health concerns for Americans today. A staggering one-third of the U.S. population is affected by what is now considered a chronic disease…


In the 2013 January/February issue of General Dentistry, a feature article states that those who suffer from obesity are also at increased risk of periodontal disease.

Dr. Martha Cortes based in Manhattan, NY is an expert on recent studies…

“Researchers have known that people with gum disease also show a higher level of inflammation in their blood. Inflammation is now well known to be a risk factor for certain types of cancer, as well as heart disease, diabetes and many other health conditions.”

The studies show that individuals with obesity produce higher level of proteins, such as cytokines, which increase inflammation. Chief author of the article in General Dentistry, Charlene Krejci, DDS, MSD explains that, “These cytokines may directly injure the gum tissues or reduce blood flow to the gum tissues, thus promoting the development of gum disease.”

According to The American Academy of Periodontology an estimated 75 percent of Americans have some form of gum disease. Problems with periodontal disease constitute an array of conditions that endanger the supporting and surrounding areas at the base of teeth. A unique strain of cytokines are produced exclusively by periodontal disease unto itself, which induces an increased level of inflammatory proteins that affect the entire bloodstream. This can lead to a series of inflammatory diseases that affect the whole body.

Helping to decrease potential development of this dangerous chain reaction in her patients, Dr. Cortes offers only the latest in periodontal treatments at her Manhattan practice, Cortes Advanced Dentistry.

Only 100 qualified dentists in the United States perform LANAP™ certified periodontal Laser therapy, Dr. Cortes is proud to be one of them.

These treatments are clinically proven to be substantially more effective than traditional deep cleaning. Methods in which precision metal instruments are used kill only 60 percent of bacteria found in periodontal pockets, and surrounding areas. But by comparison, the periodontal Laser procedures used here at Cortes Advanced Dentistry will eliminate up to 99 percent of bacteria. LANAP™ Laser treatments zero in on the affected gum tissue and vaporizes it, leaving only healthy gum structure to thrive.

In the article, Samer G. Shamoon, DDS, MAGD and Spokesperson for AGD (Academy of General Dentistry) indicates that, “Whether one condition is a risk factor for another or whether one disease directly causes another has yet to be discovered.” He asserts that, “What we do know is that it’s important to visit a dentist at least twice a year so he or she can evaluate your risks for developing gum disease and offer preventive strategies.” He continues to say that, “A dentist can design a personalized program of home oral care to meet each patient’s specific needs.”

What’s most unfortunate is that this dangerous disease relationship is particularly affecting our future generation. Further data from a study conducted by Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland shows that researchers discovered “prevalence of periodontal disease among obese young adults (aged 18-34 years) was 76 percent higher than that among normal weight young adults. They also found an association between being underweight and a decreased prevalence of periodontal disease in this age group.”

At Cortes Advanced Dentistry in Manhattan, Dr. Martha Cortes can recommend a tailored oral care system for you and your family at home.

She offers exceptional general dentistry services to cater to all oral health care needs of everyone in your family. Minimizing the risk of periodontal disease means keeping up with regular brushing, flossing, rinsing to remove the daily build-up of plaque. In addition, scheduling a professional laser cleaning treatment with Dr. Martha Cortes can virtually eliminate the potential of severe periodontal related health problems in the future.

To learn more about your periodontal health and risks, or to book an appointment, visit us at Cortes Advanced Dentistry located in Manhattan, NY. We look forward to helping you and your family achieve and maintain stunningly healthy smiles.



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