Is Colitis Genetic?

Colitis is a type of inflammatory bowel disease characterized by diarrhea, abdominal pain, constipation, and most commonly bloody or white mucus lined stools. Colitis is known for its pattern to remain dormant for months to even years within the sufferer and then to suddenly reappear. It is important if you have been diagnosed with Colitis to talk to your doctor about how to increase these times of remission.

Risk Factors for Colitis

Inflammation within the colon can be a result of many various factors, most commonly including:

  • Ischemic Colitis- Or loss of blood supply to the colon
  • Infectious Colitis- Inflammation caused by harmful bacteria’s, generally as a result of food poisoning.
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease- Which can be characterized by Ulcerative Colitis or Crohn’s Disease
  • Microscopic and Chemical Colitis

With regards to Ulcerative Colitis (the IBD form), for years and years now researchers have been stumped as to what the true underlying cause for Colitis is. Though a few years back they did make a few scientific discoveries that linked both environment and perhaps certain genetics to Colitis, the research really did not tell us much more about what causes this particular inflammatory bowel disease.

Since Colitis is known to be an improper response of the body’s immune system to generally harmless cells and bacteria, researchers believe that there may be a fundamental connection between such a response and other immune-related diseases (most of which are genetic). However, scientists are finding it increasingly more difficult to draw a clear, conclusive connection between genetics and colitis due to the intrinsic fact that there are many other environmental factors that play a role in this disease’s development, as well as the severity of the disease, ranging from person to person.

Colitis and Genetics

In one study, however, researchers were able to link Chromosome five (5) and Chromosome ten (10) to the formation of the inflammatory bowel disease, Colitis.

Most Common Dental Care Myths

Myth busters! Are you one of those who buy an expensive cream to whiten your teeth to make it healthier? Are you afraid of brushing your bleeding gum because it might get worse? Or are you afraid that you’ll never be able to replace your knocked teeth? Wait! Do you know that some of the dental care things we know about are just myths? Here, we gathered some of the most common dental care beliefs that are in fact just myths.

  1. Whiter teeth are healthier teeth.

Myth. Pure white teeth do not necessarily mean its healthier teeth. The color of our teeth varies from one person to another that one can really have whiter teeth. However, it does not mean that the other has healthier teeth. One of the factors that contribute to this is – you guessed – our age.

  1. Brushing bleeding gums.

Myth. Brushing the gums and teeth helps get rid of the plaque, which is what causes inflammation, gingivitis and eventually gum disease. The same plaque causes the gums to become inflamed and to bleed if not removed. Brushing and flossing the surrounding areas will help keep the gum tissue clean.

  1. Sensitive teeth means tooth decay.

Myth. Sensitivity to cold and sweets can be caused by cavities but not all necessarily do. There are many other reasons that would cause your teeth to hurt. So if you feel some tingling in your teeth when eating ice cream, don’t worry right away because it does not mean you have tooth decay!

  1. Brushing more than once a day can harm your enamel.

Myth. Dentists recommend brushing twice a day or, if possible, after each meal. Be sure to not use a toothbrush with hard bristles. This is to ensure that you do not get overly rough on your mouth

  1. Chewing sugar-free gums is as effective as brushing.

Myth. Chewing gum cannot be use as a replacement to brushing and flossing. Although chewing a sugar-free gum can freshen up your breath and cleans it up a little bit after meals, it cannot really help in removing dental plaque and debris.

  1. Removing wisdom teeth will prevent crowding teeth.

Myth. Only in certain cases is crowding of teeth caused by wisdom teeth. In many cases, however, they don’t and so removing them will not solve crowing or re-straighten the teeth.

  1. Weight loss can affect dentures.

Myth. What determines the fit of the denture is not weight loss. The shape of the bone under the tissue is the decisive factor in causing the appearance of your denture. Losing some fats does not at all affect the fit of your denture.

  1. Pregnant women must avoid dental procedures.

Myth. Regular dental treatments must not be avoided during pregnancy and must still be continued, as it does not have bad effects. However, procedures such as X-rays or dental are those that must be avoided.

I hope revealing these dental myths will help you in maintaining healthier and whiter teeth. Happy brushing!

Written by Dr. Darren Wittenberger, is the best orthodontist for braces Columbia MO has to offer, and owner of his own practice, Advance Orthodontics. Dr. Wittenberger enjoys sharing his expertise to ensure people can maintain the healthiest, straightest teeth possible!