Did you know that one in four people with dental implants suffers from peri-implantitis?
According to a study by the research group of Dr. José Nart of the Department of Periodontology of the International University of Catalonia (UIC) and vice president of the Spanish Society of Periodontology (SEPA), there is a relevant relationship between tooth decay and nutritional habits, therefore these repeatedly cause dental implants to fail.
This study, published in the Journal of Periodontology, has explored the possible relationship between caries and peri-implantitis in partially dentate patients (less than 20 teeth in the mouth), as well as analyzed the influence of a series of factors related to lifestyle of the patient, such as nutrition, socioeconomic status or dry mouth (xerostomia) in order to implement certain effective measures in order to prevent patients with dental implants.
This research shows that patients with more than two cavities had three times the risk of developing peri-implantitis.
In addition, says Dr. José Nart, “habitual consumers of an exaggerated intake of sugar and not adherent to the Mediterranean diet, maintained their implants in a worse state of health”, and how “those patients with dry mouth (xerostomia) manifested certain tendency to a higher risk of developing peri-implantitis ”.
In this sense, the study indicates, according to Dr. Alberto Monje, co-author of the study, that “the patient’s caries risk, as well as their oral hygiene and lifestyle, should be assessed and monitored throughout the therapy. implants ”.
For all these reasons, this work highlights the relevance of the periodontist and hygienist as guides when recommending nutritional guidelines and a healthy lifestyle to their patients in order to prevent cavities and avoid periodontal and peri-implant diseases.
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