1. Dealing with Diabetes, Oral Health and Dentistry

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    Our office is very concerned about our patients who have diabetes. These patients present a special challenge in achieving and maintaining optimum oral health due to a compromised immune system and complications caused by the destructive nature of diabetes. This can become even more of a challenge because periodontal patients often present treatment and maintenance issues due to the chronic and non-curable nature of periodontal disease.

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  2. Respiratory Bacteria in Oral Biofilm and Saliva

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    Oral bacterial biofilm contains an estimated 700 species including oral as well as respiratory pathogens. Poor oral hygiene and periodontal disease provide and inflammatory condition and biofilm environment conducive to the proliferation of respiratory pathogens. The risk of nosocomial pneumonia may be increased in hospitalized patients as the biofilm provides a reservoir for pathogenic species. Clinical Implications: Oral hygiene for hospitalized, intubated patients should be considered not only for oral health, but also to prevent aspiration of bacteria into the lungs.

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  3. Periodontitis and Birth Control Pills

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    Oral contraceptive use is linked to increased gingival inflammation due to an increase in the concentration of sex hormones in the gingival tissues. Newer formulations of oral contraceptives contain lower levels of hormones; however the number of years taking the drug may influence gingival conditions.

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