Gingivitis Found to Manipulate Immune System

A new report indicates gingivitis bacteria can influence the immune system, allowing them to thrive within the person’s gums. The immune system could otherwise dispose of the virus naturally. The report was published by the Journal of Leukocyte Biology.

Scientifically speaking, T-cells are unable to protect the host from microbial infection as the pathogen directs incites increased creation in anti-inflammatory molecule Interleukin-10 (IL-10). Broken down into layman terms, our bodies are not easily able to naturally treat the effects of gingivitis.

Over 50% of the adult population is currently suffer from some form of gingivitis, an alarming trend that has increased over recent years. Dentists encourage prevention, practicing good oral hygiene habits from a very early age. While research continues to find additional treatments for gum related disease, the most efficient treatment is early prevention.

The discovery was made through testing mice for controlled conditions. Researchers believe there are many similarities to be drawn from the study with the behavior gingivitis exhibits in humans, specifically how difficult the stubborn disease can be in terms of correcting once afflicting the host.

It is yet unknown why gum disease has such a high level of difficulty involved in being eradicated from the body, but current findings may prove beneficial to finding a concrete solution. Research hopes to shed light on how gingivitis can manipulate the immune system so effectively, using critical data gathered to give our body’s natural defense a boost.

Want to prevent gingivitis? Brush your teeth thoroughly at least twice a day. Schedule regular appointments with your dentist every six months. Utilize mouthwashes that contain plaque fighting and anti-bacterial agents. Select a toothpaste with fluoride. Finally, be sure to floss your teeth at least twice every day. Gingivitis is entirely preventable with the proper oral care.