A New Potential Gum Disease Fighter: Protein

ScientistMicroscopeGum disease garners plenty of focus in the world of dentistry. The condition (more formally known as periodontitis) leads to tooth decay and potentially tooth loss. Lately, gum disease has been linked to more serious conditions of overall health, such as heart disease, diabetes, and pre-term labor. Fortunately, scientists are making exciting discoveries every day that will help with the battle against gum disease, and any of the infections oral-systemic implications. Des Moines, IA dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson, will highlight one such study.

Details of the Research Study

The research report was presented at the 244th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society. Steven Little, Ph.D, reported on the research in which scientists performed laboratory experiments on mice to come up with an early hypothesis that regrowth of tissues damaged by gum disease was possible. Gum disease is a very prevalent condition, afflicting over 3/4 of the American adult population and maintaining the number one spot for adult tooth loss causes. Because of the damage caused to so many people’s dental health by periodontal infection, studies have abounded for many years searching for answer and solutions.

How Protein Can Fight Gum Disease

Gum disease may start as mildly puffy gums that bleed easily. As the bacterial infection advances, inflammation worsens and gums will start to recede, weakening their attachment to each of your teeth. When gum recession occurs, pockets form between the gums and teeth, providing a prime breeding ground for bacteria. The controlled-release protein capsules developed by Dr. Little and his team would be injected into these pockets if this treatment is approved. Over time, the capsules would dissolve, releasing the protein which would guide immune cells to areas of unhealthy gingival tissues. Not only could the disease process be halted by the surge of white blood cells, but protein could possibly induce regrowth of gum tissue, according to Dr. Little.

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Jessica Johnson, DDS is a respected general and family dentist serving the Des Moines IA area. Patients can contact her at 515-223-9764 to schedule an appointment or a consultation.

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