You’ve probably heard of gingivitis. It’s likely the most talked about form of gum disease today. But did you know that gingivitis actually disables your body’s defenses so that the immune system cannot work against it? Because of the risks that gum disease presents to your oral and overall health, preventing and treating gingivitis is very important. Here to discuss gingivitis further is your West Des Moines dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson.
Gingivitis and Its Trickery
Gingivitis is the inflammation of the gums that is typically caused by the bacteria in plaque. If left untreated, gingivitis can progress to a more serious type of gum disease that could result in tooth loss. However, the risk that gingivitis could develop into something worse is not the only reason to seek treatment. Recent research shows that gingivitis actually disables the body’s immune response to it. The bacteria responsible for gum disease, porphyromonas gingivalis triggers the body to produce an anti-inflammatory molecule called IL-10. This molecule prevents T-cells from working against the infection.
Preventive Care Against Gingivitis
Because bacteria are the typical cause for gingivitis, a good homecare routine forms a major part of preventive care. Brush your teeth twice a day, being sure to angle the bristles down toward the gum line, and floss once a day to clean the surfaces of teeth that a toothbrush cannot reach. Changing your diet to limit sugar, which bacteria love, can also protect against gingivitis. Lastly, attend regular dental visits. A hygienist can remove bacteria-ridden plaque and tartar that you may not be able to.
Schedule an Appointment with Your West Des Moines Dentist
Are your gums inflamed? Are you suffering from tooth decay? Even if you are not, regular dental visits are an important part of preventive care against gingivitis. Schedule an appointment to visit your West Des Moines dentist, Dr. Johnson, today by calling 515-223-9764. Our 50266 dentist office welcomes patients from West Des Moines, Waukee, Clive, and nearby Des Moines metro communities.