San Francisco Invisalign dentist Dr. Greg Larson follows research on Porphyromonas Gingivalis, a bacterium that causes gum disease and inhibits immune response.
Online PR News – 25-February-2013 –SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – Gingivitis, the first stage of periodontal disease, can be reversed with regular flossing and a good dental cleaning. More advanced stages of periodontal disease, however, are much harder to eliminate. Researchers have wondered why, and this new research that appears in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology begins to illuminate the issue. Researchers found that the periodontal disease-causing bacterium Porphyromonas Gingivalis essentially paralyzes the molecules that should be fighting it.
Nearly half of all Americans will have some degree of periodontal disease in their lives. Periodontal disease increases a patient's chance of developing diabetes, heart disease and cancer. It can also contribute to pre-term birth. SF teeth whitening provider, Dr. Greg Larson tells patients that preventive care is better than reactive care when it comes to periodontal disease, and this research reaffirms his stance.
Scientists treated mice cells with the bacterium P. Gingivalis. A percentage of these cells were then treated with a specific antibody that inhibits Interleukin-10 (IL-10). IL-10 is an anti-inflammatory cytokine that helps immune regulation. The scientists then analyzed the IL-10 treated cells and the cells not treated with IL-10 for increased interferon gamma production. The IL-10 treated cells did produce more interferon gamma, and other cells didn't show any gamma level adjustment. This is significant because IL-10 blocks T-cells from combating P. Gingivalis. The bacterium also showed nearly the instant damage to the host's cells, which describes how periodontal disease is difficult to treat in its more advanced stages.
Daily flossing and twice daily brushing can help patients improve their gum health. Patients should also visit the dentist every six months. San Rafael dentist, Larson tests patients for periodontal disease regularly. Gum health is essential to tooth health, as healthy teeth can't stay healthy when they're rooted in infected gums.
As a San Francisco Invisalign dentist, Larson straightens smiles and improves oral health. Invisible braces gradually move teeth to their desired positions, and this improved alignment makes brushing and flossing more efficient. Aligned teeth are easier to clean, making it easier to prevent pesky periodontal disease.
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