the inflammation conversation

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Inflammation is the root cause of most major diseases, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and more.


Why Does Inflammation Matter?

While inflammation is the body’s natural reaction to injury, it can also become a threat when chronic inflammation occurs. Chronic inflammation, which often occurs alongside gum disease, begins to have the opposite effect and damages healthy cells. Inflammation may not always produce obvious symptoms, but some common signs include joint pain, mouth sores, skin rash, fever, fatigue, chest pain and abdominal pain. Understanding chronic inflammation is important because diseases such as cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis and cancer can all be results of chronic inflammation.

Mouth-Body Connection

The 5 Biggest, Baddest Bacteria

The five biggest, baddest bacteria (a.k.a. periodontal pathogens) travel from the mouth throughout the body contributing to heart disease, diabetes, pregnancy complications, cancer and Alzheimer’s. Salivary diagnostic testing can measure the levels of these bad bacteria and identify your individual risk factors, putting you on the path to better health.  

  • 1. Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans (Aa) 
    2.  Porphyromonas gingivalis (Pg) 
    3. Tannerella forsythia (Tf) 
    4. Treponema denticola (Td) 
    5. Fusobacterium nucleatum (Fn)

32 Reasons to Learn About the Mouth-Body Connection

Why thirty-two? That’s how many teeth the average adult has. Of course, there are many more reasons that make staying on top of your oral health key to your overall health, but for now let’s start with 32.

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Prevent Chronic Inflammation by Taking Control of Your Oral Health

Making good choices in diet and exercise has been proven to reduce your risk for disease, and a healthy diet will also reduce the likelihood that damaging sugars and bacteria will cause oral health problems in the future. If you could use a thorough dental exam to ensure inflammation isn’t getting a foot in the door due to gum disease, use our find a dentist tool to connect with a caring, capable dental professional near you.

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Acute inflammation is site-based and situational, usually occurring due to an injury, bacteria, or toxin that has posed a threat. Chronic inflammation occurs when inflammatory cells attack a portion of the body when there is no real danger, resulting in a persistent inflammatory response. Chronic inflammation could occur for various reasons, including autoimmune disorders, long-term exposure to chemicals, autoinflammatory diseases, and acute inflammation if the original inflammatory trigger were never fully resolved. Diet and alcohol consumption, in particular, can have a major impact on the level of inflammation in the body.

Learn more in our blog article, "What is Chronic Inflammation? How to Treat it? Why is it Such a Big Deal?"

It's critical to understand not just what inflammation is but also how to spot the symptoms and what causes it in the first place, especially when it comes to chronic inflammation. You can tell if you have chronic or acute inflammation by looking at the inflammation's symptoms, length, and cause. If you have chronic inflammation, understanding the problem will allow you to take the necessary actions to treat it and return your body to its best functional condition.

Learn more in our blog article, "What is Chronic Inflammation? How to Treat it? Why is it Such a Big Deal?"

Inflammation isn't always constant; it might come and go. Acute inflammation is usually only there for as long as the damage or wound is present. The inflammation is required to allow the tissue to recover or remove the threat from the body. Although it would seem that chronic inflammation would remain constant throughout time, this is not always the case. Rheumatoid arthritis is a good illustration of this; inflammatory cells target joint tissue, causing inflammation on and off, which leads to discomfort and serious joint destruction.

Learn more in our blog article, "What is Chronic Inflammation? How to Treat it? Why is it Such a Big Deal?"

Periodontitis causes inflammation of the gums. Gum disease is mainly caused by bacteria found in dental plaque, which causes the immune system to react with an inflammatory response in reaction to germs and infection. Gum inflammation, which occurs early in the course of periodontal disease, can start the degradation of the soft tissue of the gums, which can later lead to tooth loss. However, gum disease inflammation isn't limited to the mouth. The link between gum disease and chronic inflammation can have far-reaching consequences that may surprise you.

Learn more in our blog article, "What is Chronic Inflammation? How to Treat it? Why is it Such a Big Deal?"