Dallas Dentist Discusses Conniving Little Mouth Germs
Brushing and flossing your teeth every day should come naturally, as should the knowledge that doing so helps prevent dental plaque from taking hold of your teeth and gums. However, the mechanisms that make plaque such a threat to your oral health are not as well known, and few people are aware of the resounding effects that these mechanisms can have on your overall wellbeing. Dallas dentist, Dr. Lynn, has spoken extensively about the mouth-body connection, discussing the influence that your oral health can have on your physical health. Today, we take a closer look at this connection by explaining how the gum disease germ, Porphyromonas gingivalis, tricks your immune system to survive, and why this phenomenon can drastically increase your risk for heart disease and other chronic inflammatory illnesses.
Fooling Your Immune System for Protection
Inflammation is your immune system’s defensive response to invading microbes, helping to eliminate harmful pathogens before they can affect healthy tissue cells. P. gingivalis, which contributes to plaque buildup, possesses the ability to produce an anti-inflammatory agent that allows it to dodge your natural defenses to survive. The phenomenon can contribute to the excessive inflammation of gum tissue that is indicative of gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease.
What Else Could P. Gingivalis Do?
Aside from inflammation, bleeding is also a telltale sign of gum disease’s presence. When your oral tissues are compromised, they can provide access for oral bacteria to enter the bloodstream and travel throughout your body, manipulating inflammation in other areas of the body in its struggle to survive. In some studies, the presence of P. gingivalis infection seemed to exacerbate the inflammation association with atherosclerosis, a disease that clogs your arteries and restricts your blood flow.
Maintain a Healthy Smile with Your Dallas Dentist
Maintaining your oral health can achieve more than keeping your smile pretty; it can help save your dental health as well as lessen your risks of developing potentially fatal systemic illnesses. To learn more about gum disease, or to schedule an appointment with your Dallas dentist, just call 972-934-1400. Lynn Dental Care serves Dallas, Highland Park, Park Cities, and surrounding areas.