Your local dentist may be able to provide the solution
Michigan spokesperson for The American Academy for Oral Systemic Health (AAOSH), Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo dentist Dr. Piero Policicchio, can say:
˜ Is your bad breath really stress breath? Your dentist may be the solution
New research shows that cortisol, the stress hormone is released in periodontal pockets and increases growth of oral pathogens like P. ginvivalis.
˜ The good news and bad news… The bad news is that you have stress breath. The good news is… now that we have located the source of the problem, we can treat it.
˜ You can treat these pathogens with the most advanced microbial tools in the world, but if you don’t treat the source, it will never fully go away.
˜ Your dentist has the knowledge to troubleshoot whether this is stress breath or if there are other issues leading to bad breath.
˜ Your dentist should look for warning signs like oral inflammation but now can offer solutions related to wellness and sleep.
The American Academy for Oral Systemic Health (AAOSH) is a relatively new national health organization of health care leaders and health professionals dedicated to building public awareness of the health connections linking the mouth with the body. More information on www.aaosh.org and/or www.
ARTICLE from Dr. Dan Sindelar, fellow AAOSH member:
I was astonished (though not altogether surprised) therefore, when I came across a new research paper about the role of cortisol—that same stress hormone that wreaks havoc on our metabolisms when we’re stressed—in periodontal disease. It turns out that cortisol is released in periodontal pockets and increases growth of oral pathogens like P. gingivalis:
“This study provides further support for the idea that stress-induced hormone; cortisol may influence the growth of P. gingivalis. This specific effect may be involved in the relationship between stress and periodontal diseases.”
It makes sense, really, if you think about it.
I recently attended a weekend conference that had quite a rigorous agenda. Not only were the days long and full of intense scientific discussion, but everyone was at the top of their game trying to make the most of unique networking opportunities.
Now I don’t want to be gross, but I remember thinking to myself at the end of day two, “Is it just me, or does everyone here have awful breath?”
Judging by this most recent study, it wasn’t just me. The combination of a bombardment of information and a lot of schmoozing had given nearly everyone in this group of dental professionals what I’ve since termed “stress breath.”
This new research provides a good insight into those patients who have little to no traditional signs of periodontal disease but who test high for periodontal pathogens like P. gingivalis. You can treat these pathogens with the most advanced antimicrobial tools in the world, but if you don’t treat the source of the problem (in this case, stress), it will never fully go away.
This is why it’s no longer good enough to approach periodontal disease from a visual perspective. This is why you have to transform your dental practice into one that incorporates advanced oral inflammation reduction, wellness, dental force, and sleep. Because now that we know periodontal disease is more than what goes on in the mouth, we must open our minds and broaden the scope of our care accordingly.
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