Gum disease is a big focus in preventive dentistry. Clinically known as periodontal disease, unhealthy gums lead to tooth decay, gum recession, and potentially tooth loss. In terms of oral-systemic health (how your oral health relates to the rest of your body) gum disease has been linked to more serious conditions like heart disease, diabetes, strokes, and pre-term labor. Fortunately, scientists are making exciting new discoveries all the time that will help in the war against gum disease. Aventura dentist, Dr. Arun Garg, shares the details of a new study that focuses on utilizing protein filled capsules to alleviate periodontal disease.
Protein and Gum Disease
The research report was presented by Dr. Steven Little at the 244th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society. Laboratory experiments were performed on mice to see if regrowth of the gingival tissues ravaged by gum disease could be possible. Scientists focused on the periodontal response to protein exposure as a means of halting gum disease and restoring gum tissues.
Results of the Protein/Gum Disease Experiment
In the gingivitis stage (early gum disease) patients usually have mildly puffy gums that bleed easily. When they ignore the problem, avoid the dentist, and don’t brush and floss regularly, inflammation worsens. Gum recession will start, in time, weakening the attachment of the gingival tissues to teeth. Periodontal pockets form between the gums and teeth, with advanced gum disease.
Dr. Little and his research team developed controlled-released protein capsules, to insert into periodontal pockets. The capsules dissolve slowly, releasing protein that can guide immune cells to the areas of unhealthy gum tissue. According to the early research, the body will respond to this protein with a surge of white blood cells, thus halting gum disease. The protein also has the potential power to regrow gum tissue.
Arrange an Appointment with Your Aventura Dentist
Until protein capsule technology is available, good oral hygiene and regular dental checkups will help you battle gum disease. If your gums are puffy and bleed easily, you have soreness, or loose teeth, you could be suffering from periodontal disease. We can help at the Center for Complete Dentistry in Aventura, Florida. Call for an appointment at (305) 935-4991 or visit us online at centerforcompletedentistry.com. We are happy to serve patients in the 33180 zip code.