Inflammation is a natural response and attempt by your immune system to combat invading microbes, but like all good things, too much can be devastating rather than helpful. When it comes to your periodontal health, redness and swelling (the signs of excessive inflammation) are a warning to watch your oral health. Today, your Allen periodontal specialist, Dr. Marco Cueva, takes a close look at why inflammation develops among your gums, and the dangers that it can pose to more than just your smile if allowed to run rampant.

Fooling Your Immune System

Though severe periodontal disease, or gum disease, can be a big problem, its origins are much more subtle than its results. The sticky biofilm called plaque that clings to your teeth now and then is comprised of over 600 different kinds of oral bacteria. The specific bacterium, Porphyromonas gingivalis, is especially destructive for its ability to evade your body’s inflammatory response by producing a molecule that fools your immune system. As inflammation continues unsuccessfully to eradicate the germ, your gums pay the price in the form of redness, swelling, bleeding, and the eventual formation of periodontal disease.

A Spreading Concern

In its most aggressive form (severe periodontitis), periodontal disease destroys your gum tissue and the underlying jawbone, which often leads to tooth loss. When your oral tissues are compromised, bacteria can enter your bloodstream and travel beyond the confines of your mouth. As they contact other parts of your body, the bacteria’s natural reactions can wreak havoc in other soft tissues, as well. For instance, numerous studies have linked P. gingivalis infection to an increased risk of inflammatory heart disease, attack, and failure.

Learn to Control Periodontal Inflammation with Your Allen Specialist

For more information on how to spot the signs of periodontal disease, or to seek treatment for existing periodontal inflammation before it develops into periodontitis, schedule an appointment with your Allen periodontal specialist by calling (972) 390-9944 today. Located in the 75013 area, we proudly welcome patients from Allen, Plano, Richardson, McKinney, Frisco, Fairview, Murphy, Wylie, Lewisville, Carrolton, and surrounding communities.