Steroid Abuse: A Problem for your Teeth and Gums
We have all heard about the negative side effects that result from the use of anabolic steroids - hormonal changes that affect the body’s physique, aggression, acne, heart attacks and liver cancer. But have you ever stopped to consider the connection between the abuse of steroids and your mouth?
Steroid abuse has been found to contribute to gum disease, an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth.
• Gums that bleed easily.
• Red, swollen and tender gums.
• Gums that have pulled away from the teeth or permanent teeth that are loose and separating.
• Persistent bad breath.
• Changes in the way your teeth fit together when you bite.
• Changes in the fit of partial dentures.
If you suspect you have gum disease, see your dentist for immediate treatment. The early stage of gum disease is gingivitis, when gums may become red, swollen and bleed easily. At this stage, the disease is still reversible and can usually be eliminated by a professional cleaning at your dental office, followed by daily brushing and flossing.
So while you may be trying to impress someone or win a fitness contest by using anabolic steroids, your foul breath and puffy gums will not be helping you!