Gum Disease may be a sign of systemic inflammation
Unlike acute inflammation (your body’s defense against illness or injury) chronic inflammation simultaneously heals and destroys tissue. It’s what happens when the immune system doesn’t know when to stop, and often leads to such diseases as heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and gum disease.
Dentally speaking, chronic inflammation can manifest itself as periodontal disease. Initial warning signs include swollen, bleeding, or tender gums. If poor dental health continues, patients risk eventual tooth loss. Contact us today if you have symptoms of periodontal disease.
Here’s how you may be able to reduce Chronic Inflammation:
- Include more fresh fruits and vegetables (rich in antioxidants), as well as whole foods high in fiber and healthy fats such as nuts, olives, dark chocolate, and small fish
- Avoid sugars, refined starches, and processed foods
- Stop smoking…or don’t start
- Control your blood pressure
- Ask your MD about medication or supplements
- Reduce stress by scheduling time for hobbies, relaxation, meditation, or prayer
- Lose weight
- Exercise regularly
- Brush and floss twice each day
- Treat gum disease in its early stage
Periodontal disease can indicate the presence of chronic inflammation, so seek treatment in its early stages… We’re here to help!