Endometriosis is an often painful disorder in which tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus grows outside the uterus(1). It is important for women to understand the signs of this condition and to pursue treatment promptly, because it can be debilitating if left untreated. While learning about the symptoms and effects of this disease, it’s also important to understand how its causes can lead to other conditions that appear unrelated at first glance.
ENDOMETRIOSIS AND THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
Most recent studies about this condition point to auto-immune causes of various kinds. It’s likely there is no one cause, and the emergence of the condition is due to a set of related factors. Similar auto-immune causes have been observed in studies of periodontal disease, and a recent study in the journal Fertility and Sterility suggests a link between the two conditions. Does this mean gum disease treatment will alleviate the symptoms of endometriosis? No, it doesn’t. What it does mean is that patients who are diagnosed with one of these conditions may want to explore the possibility they are at-risk for or experiencing early symptoms of the other. In a recent study of 4000 women, “women with endometriosis had a 57% higher chance of having perio issues than those without endometriosis”(2).
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF GUM DISEASE?
Do you have Endometriosis? Watch out for these warning signs! It may help you self diagnose and get you to a dentist before its too late!
- Swollen, tender, or bleeding gums
- Persistent bad breath (halitosis)
- Receding gums
- Deep pockets between gums and teeth
- Heightened tooth sensitivity
- Loose or shifting teeth
EFFECTS OF GUM DISEASE
There is a chance periodontal disease could contribute to the systemic auto-immune imbalances that cause endometriosis symptoms to emerge. This doesn’t mean it causes the disease, just that it might increase the symptoms of someone whose condition was undetectable before. Other effects to be concerned about include:
- Increased risk of cardiovascular problems
- Gum recession and tooth loss
- Permanent changes to speech and diet
- Increased likelihood of diabetes and other major health complications
The best course of action when you are experiencing any gum disease symptoms is to seek out intervention early. If you catch symptoms before the damage becomes permanent, it’s possible to avoid the onset of periodontal disease. Taking care of your symptoms early also means minimizing the chance you could aggravate other auto-immune conditions.
How Do You Treat Gum Disease?
Dentists normally offer non-surgical treatment of gum disease, which is highly effective for early to moderate periodontal problems. This therapy may include scaling and root planning (deep cleanings), antimicrobials, antibiotics and laser treatment. It’s also important to keep your oral wellness up, make sure you:
- Brush your teeth 2 times a day
- Floss every single day to get to the areas that your toothbrushes can’t reach
- Utilize mouthwash to clear out remaining debris that remain in your mouth
- Visit a dentist often for routine cleanings
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If you feel as though you may be exhibiting warning symptoms of gum disease, then the best thing to do would be to reach out to your local dentists, Dr. Miller, Dr. Hinds, and Dr. Green, in our Dental office in Waco, TX and set up a consultation. They will be able to provide you with a thorough examination and a diagnosis. They also have the technology to provide you with treatment.
- (1) Endometriosis, Mayo Clinic, https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/endometriosis/symptoms-causes/syc-20354656
- (2) Endometriosis May Be Linked To Periodontal Disease, Your Health Journal, https://yourhealthjournal.com/endometriosis-may-be-linked-to-periodontal-disease/