How Inflammatory Disease Affects Your Oral Health

Categories: Dental, Oral Hygiene

Inflammatory Disease and Oral Health

Inflammatory disease is an indication of immune deficiency or CRP (C-reactive protein) This is a condition where protein in the blood is increased in concentration when there is inflammation.  The production of CRP is initiated in the liver and can be an indication of other serious illness easily visible in a mouth that has obvious signs of deteriorating oral health.

Inflammation is an immune response that indicates infection or injury.  In the context of oral health, the inflammation would occur in the gums indicating periodontal inflammatory disease.

The Connection between Periodontal and Inflammatory Disease

The connection between the two is not yet published, however, since periodontal disease is both auto-immune and inflammatory, the implication of CRP is strong and that can lead to other health problems.

Obvious signs of periodontal disease are swollen and/or bleeding gums and bad breath.  These symptoms cannot be easily diminished with mint flavored mouth wash or breath mints.  These symptoms can indicate an inflammatory condition that can also lead to stroke, heart attack and pancreatic cancer.

Recommended Treatment for Inflammatory Disease of the Mouth

Bacteria find prosperous growth in deep, dark, oxygen starved places in the mouth. The type of bacteria that enjoys this environment trigger auto-immune response to other health risks that are potentially much more serious resulting from inflammatory disease.

It is vital to visit your dentist at the first signs of indication of periodontal inflammatory disease. If you see your gums bleeding when you brush, the color less than healthy pink and swelling of the gums, make an appointment immediately to check the condition of your oral health.

Important components of treating this condition are quarterly visits with your dental professional coupled with diligent home care.

For maintenance of good overall health, start with complete care for your oral health and prevent further oral health deterioration resulting from inflammatory disease.