Do you know the risks of gingivitis? You’ve probably heard that gingivitis means inflammation of the gums, but one thing you may not know is that the bacterium that causes gingivitis, porphyromonas gingivalis, also works to keep your immune system from fighting against it. Thus it is very common for gingivitis to progress to periodontitis or another form of gum disease, eventually leading to tooth loss. Here to explain how porphyromonas gingivalis confuses the immune system is your Las Vegas dentist, Dr. Deborha Staten.
Gingivitis vs. the Immune System
The appearance of porphyromonas gingivalis in the body prompts the body’s production of IL-10, an anti-inflammatory molecule. This response may, at first, seem like a good thing. After all, gingivitis is the inflammation of the gums, and an anti-inflammatory molecule sounds like the perfect remedy. However, the presence of IL-10 interferes with T-cells, which function to fight bacteria. Thus gingivitis may progress into other forms of gum disease and cause further problems.
Gingivitis typically stems from the presence of bacteria on teeth near the gum line. Thus, keeping your teeth free of these bacteria is imperative if you are trying to prevent gum disease. A good homecare routine and regular dental visits can help. Brush your teeth twice a day, and angle the bristles of your toothbrush down toward the gum line at a 45 degree angle. Don’t neglect flossing. Doing so can allow bacteria to flourish in areas not reached by your toothbrush. Lastly, visit your Las Vegas dentist, Dr. Staten, every six months for regular cleanings. During a dental cleaning, a hygienist can remove bacteria-ridden plaque and tartar.
Schedule a Visit with Your Las Vegas Dentist
Neglecting regular dental cleanings can allow bacteria to flourish. If you want to protect your gums from gum disease, regular attendance of dental visits is vital. If you’re due for a checkup, contact our office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Staten.