Heartburn Medications Can Improve Periodontal Health
A new study has shown that the use of heartburn medication is associated with decreased severity of gum disease. The researchers analyzed clinical data from more than 1,000 periodontitis patients either using or not using Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). Probing depths were used as an indicator of periodontitis severity. Only 14% of teeth from patients who used PPIs had probing depths of 6 millimeters or more, compared to 24% of teeth from patients who did not use the medication. ALSO, 27% of teeth from patients using PPIs had probing depths of 5 millimeters or more, compared to 40% of teeth from non-PPI users. The researchers theorized that PPIs' ability to alter bone metabolism or the gut microbiome, as well as potentially impact periodontal microorganisms, may help lessen the severity of gum disease. Additional studies are under development to determine if this relationship can be found in other populations of patients with gum disease, and to learn to what extent the relationship can be directly attributed to PPIs.

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