The following article is about a patient of mine that came to me for help with severe gingival swelling, bleeding, halitosis (bad breath) and hair loss for unknown reasons.
While it has been well documented throughout the years in dental journals that periodontal disease has been linked to several diseases and certain types of hair loss (alopecia), in my 11 years of dentistry, I have not come across any patient whom has reported such a drastic change in hair volume, after dental her treatments were completed.
Talking to my patient, it became clear that she has been suffering from hair loss along with gum disease for over 5 years for unknown reasons. Upon examination, the causes for her periodontal disease (inflamed gums) were quite obvious, as she has not been to the dentist for over 10 years. It is well documented that periodontal disease is caused by poor oral hygiene and/or not seeing your dentist every 6 months to a year for regular dental cleanings. The accumulation of plaque and tartar not only cause bad breath, bleeding gums, and loosening of teeth, but eventually the loss of some or all teeth. Amongst more severe cases, an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, dementia, and (in pregnant women) birth defects have been noted.
After my patient’s thorough oral cleaning with the help of high frequency ultra sonic scaler to remove tartar, hand-scaler instruments were also used for optimal results. This gives the gum tissue a fair chance to reattach to the roots, resulting in a healthier bone structure. For home use, I always suggest the use of a high pressurized water pick system, which can be purchased over the internet at a very reasonable price. My personal preference is the WP-100 Waterpik Ultra, as it is the strongest, most durable, effective and cost efficient product when compared with other competitors.
In the case of my patient, she has started noticing a drastic change in her hair volume in as little as 2 weeks after her treatment, along with the absence of gingival swelling and bleeding. Now, she is forever thankful that we have helped not only to restore her teeth, but also her beautiful straight-long hair that onces she was so proud of. According to the dental journals, approximately 50% of patients with alopecia caused by dental and periodontal infections, can be reversed by taking care of dental cavities, root canal infections, cysts and periodontal inflammation. Just like my patient, one can experience spontaneous hair regrowth without any extra treatment after such dental work is completed.
In conclusion, the reason behind your health issues, and possibly non-genetical hair loss could very well be from poor oral hygiene. It is time to visit your dentist. Let him/her help you, to help yourself to a better, more healthier life.