In the normal metabolic process that changes food into energy, damaging free radicals are also created. When combined with the bacteria in plaque, free radical damage increases oral inflammation which can lead to the destruction of gum and bone tissue.
Certain dental procedures and non bio-compatible materials such as bleaching agents and dental cements, can also increase the level of inflammatory free radicals. Significant inflammation in the mouth, most commonly associated with bleeding or red gums, is a major culprit in gum problems and gum disease.
Gum disease, which affects 80% of the population at some point in life, often does not have any symptoms or consequences until late in the process. However, it is a 24/7 source of systemic inflammation that can weaken your immune system and organs, including your heart, intestines and brain. Periodontal (gum) disease can be a contributing factor in:
- Heart Disease
- Pre-Term Birth
Gum disease and inflammation have serious health effects when allowed to go untreated year after year, which is why preventive care is the best approach.