Thursday, October 05, 2006

Steroid Abuse Harms Gingival Tissues

Hi all,

The great people at the American Academy of Periodontology have this article on the relationship between anabolic steroids and gingival (gum) enlargement. Here's the snippet:

Researchers found that prolonged use of anabolic androgenic steroids (AAS) is closely associated with significant levels of gingival enlargement, according to a new study published in the Journal of Periodontology. Study Abstract *

Gingival overgrowth is a condition in which the gingival tissues become swollen and grow over the teeth. Overgrown gums make it easier for bacteria found in plaque to accumulate and attack supporting structures of the teeth, potentially leading to severe periodontal infection.

Just a reminder that a lot of medical conditions/drugs can cause gingival overgrowth. Always advise your dentist on the drugs you may be taking and any medical changes at every dental appointment. You can read the rest of the article here: Steroid Abuse Harms Gingival Tissues

Take care,

Hans Skariah, B.Sc., DMD
Promenade Court Dental Health Group
2233 Hurontario St., Mississauga, ON, Canada (in the Dome Building)
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