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Link Between Gum Disease & Higher Breast Cancer Risk

Many people don’t realize the connection between oral health (especially gum disease) and serious potentially life threatening diseases. Here is an article I found that talks about studies done in terms of risk of breast cancer.  This article was found at:  https://www.breastcancer.org/research-news/gum-disease-may-be-linked-to-higher-risk   Published on January 5, 2016 at 7:20 AM

Title:  Postmenopausal Women With Gum Disease Seem to Have Higher Breast Cancer Risk

Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, can range from simple inflammation of the gums, called gingivitis by dentists, to periodontitis, when the gums pull away from the teeth leaving open spaces that become infected. The bacteria causing the infection and the body’s response to the infection can break down the bone and connective tissue that hold your teeth in place. If periodontitis isn’t treated, the teeth may become loose and have to be removed.

Gum disease can be prevented by regular tooth brushing and flossing.

Gum disease has been associated with several other diseases, including heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Past research has found links between gum disease and oral, esophageal, head and neck, pancreatic, and lung cancer, so researchers wondered if there were any links between gum disease and breast cancer.

A study has found that postmenopausal women with gum disease were more likely to develop breast cancer than postmenopausal women who didn’t have gum disease. If the women had a history of smoking, the risk of breast cancer was even higher.

The study was published online on Dec. 21, 2015 by the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. Read the abstract of “Periodontal Disease and Breast Cancer: Prospective Cohort Study of Postmenopausal Women.”

The research is part of the very large Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study, commonly called the WHI. The WHI is looking for links between health, diet, lifestyle, and genetic factors and health problems, such as cancer.

In this study, the researchers monitored 73,737 postmenopausal women in the WHI who had never been diagnosed with breast cancer. About 26% of the women told the researchers they had gum disease.

After about 6.5 years, 2,124 women had been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Overall, the risk of breast cancer was 14% higher in women who had gum disease compared to women who didn’t have gum disease. So if average breast cancer risk is about 12%, a woman with gum disease had about a 13.5% risk of breast cancer.

“We thought that periodontal bacteria — either the bacteria themselves or the inflammation that’s part of having periodontal disease — has an effect on other parts of the body, including breast tissue. We know there are bacteria in breast tissue and we know there are bacteria in mother’s milk. Women who had periodontal disease had a small increase in the risk of breast cancer overall,” said Jo Freudenheim, Ph.D., distinguished professor of epidemiology and environmental health at the University of Buffalo and lead author of the study.

Because earlier studies have shown that the effects of gum disease can be more severe if a person smokes, the researchers also grouped the women by smoking history:

  • Among women who had quit smoking within the last 20 years, women with gum disease had a 36% higher risk of breast cancer than women who didn’t have gum disease.
  • Among women who had never smoked, women with gum disease had a 6% higher risk of breast cancer than women who didn’t have gum disease.
  • Among women who had quit smoking more than 20 years ago, women with gum disease had an 8% higher risk of breast cancer than women who didn’t have gum disease.

“There’s been an explosion of information recently that makes it clear that many different parts of the body that were thought to be sterile contain bacteria and other microbes,” Dr. Freudenheim said. “These bacteria may influence diseases that were previously thought to have no infectious component.”

The researchers said there are several possible reasons for the association between gum disease and breast cancer:

  • Bacteria in the mouth can get into the bloodstream through tooth brushing, flossing, and chewing. Even though the bacteria are cleared out of the body quickly, the cumulative exposure to tissues can be considerable. It could be that these bacteria affect breast cancer.
  • Inflammation in one part of the body, such as the gums, may have an impact on other diseases.
  • There may be other factors that increase the risk of both gum disease and breast cancer.

“This is a new area, so we have to be careful in how we interpret our findings,” said Dr. Freudenheim. “We can’t say, ‘if you treat periodontal disease it will reduce cancer risk.’ There are new methodologies that allow us to measure things we weren’t able to before. We are now beginning to understand how much the interaction of the microbiome affects our health both in terms of acute infections and chronic diseases.”

Doing all that you can do to keep your breast cancer risk as low as it can be makes good sense. Besides exercising regularly, eating a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight, not smoking, avoiding alcohol, and taking good care of your teeth and gums are steps you can take to control several risk factors.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, gum disease can be kept in check by:

  • Brushing and flossing your teeth every day to remove the bacteria that cause gum disease.
  • Seeing a dentist at least once a year for a checkup, or more frequently if you have any of the warning signs of gum disease:
    • red/swollen gums
    • tender/bleeding gums
    • loose teeth
    • bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth that won’t go way
    • gums that have pulled away from your teeth
    • sensitive teeth

Today, gum disease can be routed by laser periodontal treatment or LANAP which is relatively painless because it involves no cutting of gum tissue and no recovery time. You should become aware of the symptoms of periodontitis and make sure that your gums are checked every time you go for a dental exam or cleaning. Catching it early, before permanent damage is done or complications elsewhere in your body, is done is very important.

If you have not had an exam for periodontal disease done recently, give us a call and schedule an appointment today. We look forward to meeting you.

For more information on breast cancer risk and other steps you can take to minimize your risk, visit the Breastcancer.org Lower Your Risk section.

Patients Are Raving About Dr. Gregory

Dr. Gregory was featured in the “Super Docs” issue (March 2016) of “Living Magazine. ”  Here is the article from pages 26-27.  Read the actual magazine article here!

Houston Dental Implants Oral Surgery & Periodontics
DR. HOLLY GREGORY

Dr. Holly Gregory, Dental Implants, Periodontology in Houston TxFacing the reality of losing all your teeth at once certainly conjures a plethora of not-so good emotions. But at Houston Dental Implants, Holly J. Gregory, DDS, MS puts every patient at ease with her calming demeanor and honest commitment to providing the best possible care. For patients losing their teeth and for those who no longer wish to deal with the difficulties of dentures, Dr. Gregory offers the advanced “Teeth in a Day” procedure, where patients can come in and leave with a bright, new smile—one they are proud to show off.

These implant-supported teeth, unlike dentures, are not removable at home. They look, feel and chew like natural teeth. “This is our WOW surgery that patients get really excited about,” said Dr. Gregory. The periodontist—who grew up in Texas and graduated top of her class from Texas A&M and first in her class at Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas, has reason to be enthusiastic. “It’s literally new teeth in one day; they’re strong, healthy and predictable,” Dr. Gregory said.

After this procedure, during which four implants are surgically placed and serve as highly secure anchors for bridges, patients will have the freedom to eat whatever they want—even apples and carrots. There is no embarrassing recovery period without teeth, no loose dentures at social functions and no bad odor or taste from infected natural teeth. 

At Houston Dental Implants, which serves Spring and Champions, Kingwood, Humble, and Atascocita areas, Dr. Gregory offers only the best when it comes to the “New Teeth in a Day” procedure. Many practices only offer one set of all-plastic (acrylic) teeth, but this is unacceptable to Dr. Gregory because plastic teeth are porous and can grow bacteria and fungus. “My patients all receive two complete sets of teeth. When one set needs to be cleaned or rejuvenated, the patient wears their other set and never has to go without their teeth,” she explained.

“It’s so rewarding to rebuild a patient’s smile when they have been struggling with infected and unappealing natural teeth or old-fashioned dentures for years,” Dr. Gregory added. Some patients even bring in pictures of when they were younger so that Dr. Gregory can replicate that youthful smile for her patients.

New teeth in One Day ResultsOnce the decisions about the appearance of the teeth have been made, she creates the final structures using only top-of-the-line materials and three-dimensional imaging technology so that her patients can achieve exactly the smile they deserve with incredible, long-lasting results. “I’ve been doing this long enough to know that it’s absolutely worthwhile to use nothing but the finest implants, grafting materials and bridge materials,” Dr. Gregory—who’s been in practice for 10 years—said. “This should last them for the rest of their lives.”

Unlike most oral surgeons, Dr. Gregory sees her patients once a year following surgery and takes co-ownership of work accomplished. “It’s one of my favorite things about my practice, the relationships I forge with patients over the years and the joy we share in keeping them healthy and smiling.”

In addition to the “Teeth in a Day” procedure, Dr. Gregory, who is a board-certified official Diplomate of the American Academy of Periodontology, is passionate about being one of the first in the area to offer state-of-the-art, non-invasive laser treatments for gum disease around teeth and dental implants. One in three adults has genetic gum infection, also called periodontal disease, and laser treatment replaces the old “cut-and-sew” technique for treating this condition. Laser treatment requires no incisions or stitches and patients can typically return to work the very same day. “It’s more comfortable than older surgery techniques, it’s less invasive, and it works. I love seeing the relief on patient’s faces when they know they don’t have to go through surgery.”

Meet The Dentist
As a child, Dr. Gregory dressed up as the Tooth Fairy for Halloween. Becoming a dentist was something she knew she wanted to do even at such a tender age. “I’ve always liked teeth,” she said. “It’s been a life-long love kind of thing.”

Dr. Gregory graduated with a 4.0 in Genetics at the Department of Biochemistry/ Biophysics at Texas A&M University before attending Baylor College of Dentistry. She expanded on her training at the University of Texas of Health Science Center in San Antonio, which offers one of the best periodontal programs in the country. After all her schooling, she practiced for a time in San Antonio before returning to the Houston area with her husband and three small children to be close to family.

Dr. Gregory’s professional approach is simple: she spends time getting to know her patients and helping them overcome any fears they might have. She understands how important it is to make good decisions for those in her care and she strives to bolster confidence in patients who’ve previously had bad experiences at dentists. Additionally, she’s proud to have her own outpatient facility. Some surgeons can only do their surgeries at hospitals, which drives up the cost of treatment. “Patients pay less when they come to see me because they don’t have hospital fees,” she said.

Dr. Gregory sees patients of all ages in addition to her surgery practice for yearly dental examinations and cleanings. She is proud to work with the most talented family dentists and orthodontists in the area. When asked what is the greatest compliment she’s ever received from a patient, Dr. Gregory said simply, “When people come in and then bring back their children or another loved one as patients, that is the greatest compliment to me. It means they trust me enough to refer people they love to my practice. That means everything.”

If you are struggling with your teeth and seek specialist state-of-the-art care, please call 281-446-9157 and set up an appointment today. Let Dr. Gregory and her caring staff put you at ease and help you achieve the smile of a lifetime.

Gum Disease Associated With Kidney Disease Deaths

Here is an article I found that will help you understand the relationship between oral health and your general well being. This is something that most people don’t realize. To say the least, it is something that the general public should be made aware of because gum disease can affect you, your spouse or your children in ways that can be life changing. 

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Written by: Catharine Paddock PhD 
Published: Thursday 18 February 2016 at: Medical News Today

New research reveals that patients with chronic kidney disease who also have severe gum disease or periodontitis have a higher risk of death than chronic kidney disease patients with healthy gums.

The study – led by the University of Birmingham in the UK and published in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology – provides further evidence of a link between oral health and chronic diseases, say the authors.

Senior author Iain Chapple, a professor in periodontology, says we should be aware that oral health is not just about teeth, and:  “The mouth is the doorway to the body, rather than a separate organ, and is the access point for bacteria to enter the bloodstream via the gums.”

He and his colleagues analyzed data from 13,734 people living in the US who took part in the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III).

They found 861 (6%) of the participants in the sample had chronic kidney disease, and they were typically followed for 14.3 years.

Comparable to the effect of diabetes

The researchers then assessed links between periodontitis and mortality in people with chronic kidney disease and compared them with the link between mortality and other risk factors in people with chronic kidney disease, such as diabetes.

After adjusting for the effect of other potential influencing factors, the team found that over 10 years, the rate of death due to any cause among survey participants with chronic kidney disease without periodontitis was 32%, while with periodontitis it was 41%.

 

Gum Disease facts that you should know.This is comparable to the effect of diabetes. The 10-year mortality in participants with chronic kidney disease without periodontitis rose from 32% in non-diabetics to 43% in diabetics, note the authors.

Periodontitis is a serious, chronic, non-communicable gum infection that damages the soft tissue and bone that supports the teeth. It is the sixth most common human disease and affects around 11.2% of the world’s population.

The researchers note that kidney disease and other non-communicable disease are becoming more common – partly because the world’s population is getting older, lifestyles are becoming less physically active and diets more refined.

The increase in these diseases is adding to global disease burden and health care costs: evidence suggests 92% of older adults now have at least one chronic disease.

Prof. Chapple explains that many people who have gum disease do not realize they have it. Perhaps they notice a bit of blood in their spit when they brush their teeth. However, if they don’t have this checked out, they could inadvertently be raising disease risk for the rest of the body.

The team is now looking more closely at the link between gum disease and kidney disease, to see if the link is a coincidence or if gum disease causes kidney disease.

If they establish a causal connection, then they want to address the question of whether treating gum disease and increasing oral health improves prospects for kidney disease patients.

Prof. Chapple concludes:  “It may be that the diagnosis of gum disease can provide an opportunity for early detection of other problems, whereby dental professionals could adopt a targeted, risk-based approach to screening for other chronic diseases.”

Cosmetic Dentist Near Kingwood Tx

A Cosmetic Dentist Near Kingwood Tx

There are several types of cosmetic dental procedures Dr. Gregory performs at her office. Some, but not all, require a periodontic specialization to perform. The most common cosmetic dentistry procedures for Kingwood Tx residents she performs are gummy smile correction, gum grafting, Canine exposure and teeth whitening. Of course, these are the things more often thought of as “Cosmetic Dentistry” but also included in that list would be dental implants, New Teeth In One Day Dentures and All On 6 Dentures.Good looking smile, Whiten Teeth

Dr. Gregory often treats patients before they receive cosmetic dentistry in Humble Tx by your regular dentist for veneers or invisalign or crowns. The reason is that for all cosmetic dentistry, your teeth are the foundation on which it is built. If you have gum disease and proceed with your cosmetic dental work without treatment, you could loose  the very teeth that you just had “fixed” to gum disease. Many times local cosmetic dentist in Humble refer their patients to Dr. Gregory before they make the investment in cosmetic procedures.

Teeth whitening is one cosmetic dental procedure that many of her patients have done after having surgery for some of the other cosmetic procedures she performs. Procedures such as raising the gum line or gum grafting in order to correct for gums that cover too much of the teeth (gummy smile) or have receded and leave tooth roots exposed are often followed by a teeth whitening procedure. 

Teeth stains are a fact of life due to the variety of foods and drinks we consume on a daily basis. Modern methods of teeth whitening help dentists to whiten teeth without adversely affecting the tooth. This is an important consideration when you consider getting your teeth whitened. Not all teeth whitening products are actually “good” for your teeth!

Almost all whitening methods are similar in concept, but some are much more effective because of the way the whitening material is delivered to the teeth. Another contributing factor is the concentration of the material, which is why less potent over-the-counter whitening systems usually don’t give patients the results they are hoping for.

The are several very effect methods of professional whitening which can be done in the office, at home or a combination of the two. In-office whitening is the most efficient means of whitening. You can have your teeth whitened in one session and achieve significant results. Dr. Gregory can give you more detailed information and help you decide which method is more suitable for you and your teeth.

If you have any questions about teeth whitening and ask a cosmetic dentist in the Kingwood Tx area, fill out the form below or just give us a call today!

Dr. Holly Gregory is a periodontist and cosmetic dentist near Kingwood Tx, Atascocita Tx, Humble Tx, Spring Tx, The Woodlands Tx and Houston Tx.

Gum Disease Treatment Options

Dr. Holly Gregory at Northeast Houston Implants is committed to treatment and prevention of gum disease.

The more technical term used for gum disease is “periodontal disease.”  There are several ways to treat gum disease, some are more invasive than others.  Treatment options include a deep cleaning and “planing” of the gums, the placement of antibiotics under the gums, gum surgery, or laser gum treatment. Of the methods listed, laser treatment is the least invasive, less painful option. 

Periodontal disease is caused by many factors. Your effectiveness at brushing and flossing, diet and even genetics play a role in your being prone to having some form of gum disease. The main culprit causing gum infection is the different types of bacteria found in one’s mouth.  Health conditions and habits can help foster the progress of gum disease in your mouth such as diabetes, teeth grinding, and even the positioning of one’s teeth may contribute to the development of periodontal disease.

How Laser (LANAP) Treatment Works

 

Periodontal disease can lead to the formation of deep pockets around the teeth. Everyone has pockets around their teeth, but these pockets are typically only 1-3mm deep when the gums are healthy. When a pocket around a tooth gets deeper than 3mm it becomes extremely difficult to clean out the bacteria and food that collect at the base of the pocket. This material causes inflammation at the base of the pocket which leads to the pocket growing even deeper. This is the start of a cycle that continues until the pockets get so deep that the inflammation starts to cause bone loss around the tooth.  This can happen to otherwise healthy teeth.  In fact, there may be nothing wrong with a tooth, but the infection can lead to a tooth becoming loose, causing teeth to shift.  Without proper treatment, the outcome of this cycle is that a tooth or several teeth will have to be extracted because it has too little support.

Traditional treatment of advanced periodontal disease usually begins through a procedure known as scaling and root planing. Dr. Gregory is one of only a few periodontist in Houston that can treat gum disease using advanced laser technology.  The advantage of laser treatment is that compared to other methods of treatment like scaling and planing, it has a very low level of pain associated with it. Unlike some other forms of treatment, those who have laser gum treatment are usually able to return to work the same day of the procedure.

Here is a video that describes traditional periodontal gum disease treatment.  Dr. Gregory can discuss with you your options for either laser gum treatment or scaling and planing or other gum surgery.

Gingival Recession

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Scaling and Root Planing

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Come see Dr. Gregory if you are needing treatment for gum disease. Laser treatment is definitely a treatment option you should explore. If laser treatment will work for you, you’ll have much less discomfort in and around your gums after the surgery.

 

 

Oral Surgeon Near Kingwood Tx

If you are looking for an oral surgeon near Kingwood Tx, Dr. Holly Gregory has state of the art, hospital grade, oral surgery rooms right in her office.  In addition, she offers, depending on the patient’s wishes or the type of procedure being performed, several levels of sedation.  Patients can literally sleep through the entire process!

One of the most common surgical procedures done in her office is Sinus Augmentation or Sinus Elevation.

Dental implants are essentially an artificial tooth root which is attached to the jaw bone… like your real teeth. It is on this implant that a replacement tooth, bridge, denture or overdenture will be firmly attached. Only in this way can you restore complete function for a missing tooth. The most important piece of the implant is the bone in which the implant will be placed. If the implant is to go in certain ares of the upper jaw where bone has been lost due to injury or periodontal disease, a sinus augmentation is how the sinus floor can be raised.  This will allow for the implant to have enough bone structure to be a firm foundation for a new crown or denture. This type of procedure is performed by Dr. Holly Gregory DDS, an oral surgeon near Kingwood Tx

The most common sinus augmentation technique requires a very small incision to be made to expose the jawbone.  A small opening is cut into the bone and the membrane lining the sinus on the other side of the opening is gently pushed upward. That space is then filled with bone graft material and the incision is closed. The bone which is used for a sinus augmentation procedure may be from your own body or from a cadaver. Sometimes  synthetic materials may be used instead of bone which can also stimulate bone formation by your own body. The implants are placed after healing and proper new bone density has occurred. This can take several months.  Once this oral surgery has occurred and healing has completed, your new dental implant can be placed.

 

Here is a short video explaining “Sinus Elevation”

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Dr. Holly Gregory DDS, an oral surgeon in Humble Tx and near Kingwood Tx, Atascocita Tx and Houston Tx

Gum Surgery

There are several mainstream periodontal procedures, which classify as oral surgery, that focus on the restoration of gum tissue. All of them are designed to improve the functionality and the long-term health of your teeth. You will find that these procedures will improve the esthetic quality of your smile as well.

Gum recession can lead to a variety of oral health issues. Some of these issues would include an unsightly ragged gum line, exposed tooth roots, and the eventual loss of teeth.

Some of the main surgical solutions include the following periodontal procedures:

  •  A soft tissue graft is an oral surgery procedure more commonly referred to as is used to cover exposed roots and help to support the growth of new gum tissue. Tissue is taken from either your palate or from a tissue bank to repair the damage to the gums and to help prevent additional gum recession and even bone loss. This procedure helps reduce tooth sensitivity and it will help to protect your teeth from decay.
  • Pocket reduction surgery is a method of periodontal treatment in which the gums are lifted back and hardened tartar is removed. Smoothing of damaged surfaces may be performed if that needs to be done. To complete the procedure, your periodontist will replace the gum tissue tightly around the tooth structure to help eliminate any pockets for harmful bacteria to collect and grow while your gum heals.
  • Bone grafting is another oral surgery procedure that involves the replacing of lost or damaged bone structure. Pieces of your own bone or donated bone can be used during this process. Another option is to use artificial bone which in turn is assimilated by your body into bone structure. These grafts help to encourage bone re-growth restoring structure, stability and functionality to your teeth.
  • Guided tissue regeneration is an option when your existing bone structure has been destroyed or diminished to a point that it will not cover your teeth’s more sensitive roots or has pulled away from your crowns. In this oral surgery procedure, Dr. Gregory will surgically fold back the gum tissue and remove any harmful bacteria while inserting membranes or proteins that stimulate the surrounding tissues. Doing this will encourage your body’s natural regenerative process to kick in to restore lost tissue.

Connective Tissue Graft

Connective Tissue Graft

 

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If you live in or around Humble, Atascocita, Kingwood or the Northeast Houston Tx area , please call our offices or fill out an online appointment request form today (in orange at the bottom of this page) to find out the various periodontal surgical options available to you. We will gladly answer any questions and address any concerns that you may have about any of our periodontal and oral surgery procedures.

Dr. Holly Gregory’s New Video

Dr. Gregory has some of her new videos up and running now. Stealing moments between some emergency patient appointments she was able to spend some quality time in front of a camera.

The one on this page is actually the second version of it as the people who put it together put the words “Painless Gum Treatment” on the video intro. Dr. Gregory, says that while laser treatment for gum disease is MUCH less invasive that the surgical method of treatment, she still would not call it “pain free!” She said, “Most patients can return to work the same day as having laser treatment, but they still might experience some “discomfort” in the process.” She continued by adding that returning to work after traditional surgery on the gums is probably out of the question for most people.

That’s why Dr. Gregory invested so heavily in the top of the line, most up to date laser equipment for her office. Yes, it’s pretty much “painless” but there are some who have a very, very, very low tolerance for pain and would describe “discomfort” as “pain.”

So… With that said, here is her new video which is free of “Pain Free.” 🙂

Bitewing X-Rays

There are several ways that a dentist can take pictures or x-ray images of your teeth.

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Have you ever wondered why sometimes you will get the panoramic scan and other times you’ll get the kind with the uncomfortable plastic in your mouth? This video explains some of the differences in the two and why you might be getting one instead of the other.

 

How Important Are Regular Dental Cleanings & Checkups?

The best thing you can do for you and your family to help make sure that everyone has and keeps a healthy mouth is to have regular dental checkups. This is so important even for kids because gum disease can cause early tooth loss even for teens! But the worst part of it is that there is generally no pain associated with gum disease. So if left unchecked your first symptom you recognize as a “problem” is loose teeth.

Here are a couple of videos that talk about what is checked and why it is important to have regular dental screenings.

 

The Importance of Regular Checkups

 

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Periodontal Maintenance

 

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