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Combatting periodontal pathogens

DentistexampicResearchers are studying the effects and interactions of periodontal pathogens, and developing compounds to combat the causative agents. Periodontal disease is a serious oral heath concern and is also suspected of triggering many other diseases, like cardiopulmonary disease.

If your gums bleed when brushing your teeth or biting into an apple, this condition could be pointing to periodontitis – an inflammatory disease of the periodontal apparatus. Bacterial plaque attacks the bones; over time, teeth can loosen. Leaving the disease untreated could lead to tooth loss. Periodontitis, also known as periodontal disease or “shrinking gums,” is also a source of disease for the entire body. To some extent highly aggressive bacteria make their way into the blood circulation, they could cause additional damage. Medical studies highlight the interaction between periodontal disease triggers and various diseases like cardiopulmonary disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Evidence shows that the affected patients have an elevated risk of cardiovascular constriction, as well as Alzheimer’s.

The World Health Organization suggests that around 60 percent of all adults suffer from gum inflammation and are in need of treatment – which is a rather high figure. If you are among this 60 percent, someone experiencing inflammation or bleeding of the gums, contact Dr. Jorge E. Larrondo for an exam as so as possible.

Larrondo Dentistry is located at 160 S. Santa Fe Street, Hemet, California.