Food for Thought: Aspirin as Your Periodontist’s Handy Little Helper in Long Island
Last week’s story on Omega 3 therapy hinted that aspirin may well be one of the unsung heroes in periodontal disease treatment. The common painkiller has lived a double life for quite a while really. It can either help you manage diabetes and stroke OR trigger gastrointestinal bleeding.
Where gum disease is concerned though, new research suggests that the painkiller may be one of the good guys. Your periodontist on Long Island might even recommend it in your long-term to-dos — one tiny dose at a time.
Smaller Pockets Mean Healthier Gums
According to one study which came out in the April 2012 edition of the Australian Dental Journal, taking 75 to 150 mg of aspirin daily could help reduce gum pockets – the space created by teeth that pull away from the gums.
Participants of the research who took the set dosage for 6 months had gum pockets measuring 2.11 mm compared to the control group whose dental pockets ran 2.38 mm deep.
The 0.27 mm difference may seem so trivial, but in the dental profession, one millimeter makes a world of difference. You see, the shallower your gum pockets, the smaller the area for bacteria to hide, and the less severe gum disease becomes.
- In mild periodontitis, pockets measure between 1 and 2 mm.
- During the moderate stage, the pockets deepen further, average 3 and 4 mm.
- Finally, periodontal disease at its severest form can go 5 mm deep or worse.
Who Should not Be Popping in the Stuff?
Prescription drug or not, each pill you pop is likely to come with a promise of relief and a warning.
Before including aspirin in your daily regimen, consider the following first:
- If you suffer from stomach ulcers and hemorrhages, the painkiller isn’t for you.
- If you start taking the treatment, there’s no turning back. Stopping the intake could mean having to deal with withdrawal symptoms or a “rebound effect.”
- If you hate waiting, then taking small daily doses will disappoint. The wait will be particularly long before you can experience the effects.
A Shorter Alternative Treatment for Longer-Term Relief
You can either wait for results or seek Dr. Scharf for aid.
As one of the premier periodontists on Long Island, Dr. Scharf combines gentle care with state-of-the-art laser equipment to reverse 10 to 20 years of chronic periodontal disease in as little as 48 hours. Call him today at (631) 661-6633.