Periodontal Disease – It’s Not Just A Cleaning!

Periodontal Disease and C Reactive Protein – A Direct Correlation

The first person to call the treatment of periodontal disease as a ‘cleaning’ has done a terrible disservice to patients worldwide.

The treatment of periodontal disease, like any other disease, is serious business. Bacteria that are lodged in the gum tissues are like bacteria everywhere else. They cause disease and can lead to a wide range of additional problems.


Periodontal Disease and C Reactive Proteins

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“Three studies published recently in the Journal of Periodontology provide new information on the relationship between inflammatory markers in cardiovascular disease and the association with periodontal disease. The first study found that periodontal disease increased the risk for high serum C-reactive protein (CRP) levels in men after 1 year of follow-up. The second study found that nonsurgical periodontal therapy was effective in improving periodontal clinical data and in reducing the plasma levels of inflammatory cytokines (interleukin-6) and CRP. Study number three showed that periodontal disease was associated with increased levels of interleukin-6 and high sensitivity CRP, which decreased 3 months after nonsurgical periodontal therapy. Read on for descriptions of these studies and their importance in connecting some of the dots between chronic inflammation, inflammatory serum markers, periodontal disease, and cardiovascular risks.

Mild chronic inflammation is implicated in the progression of cardiovascular disease. C-reactive protein (CRP) is an indicator of such mild chronic inflammation. It is well known that the incidence of heart disease is higher in individuals with elevated CRP. Also, there is a known correlation between periodontal disease and CRP. The three recent studies shed more light on this correlation.”

A substance produced in the body called high-sensitivity C-reactive-protein (hs-CRP) is suspected to play a role in the link between gum disease and heart disease.

Recent evidence suggests the presence of chronic inflammatory periodontal disease may significantly affect systemic health conditions such as coronary heart disease, stroke, or adverse pregnancy outcome.

Treating Gum Disease Might Help Prostate Symptoms

Periodontal Disease Treatment Is Not Just A Cleaning

You clean your house. You clean your car. You may even clean your teeth but the treatment of periodontal disease (i.e. Gingivitis, Periodontitis etc.) is a serious issue that deserves serious attention. Not only is periodontal disease a major health issue as you can see from the above information but it also is important when it comes to the cosmetic dentistry possibilities as well. Even the most talented cosmetic dentist will have a tough time creating a truly life like result if the periodontal (gum) tissues are not healthy.


A New, Non-invasive treatment for periodontal disease for those patients who opt not to have periodontal therapy or cannot have periodontal surgery for medical reasons. A new preventative therapy for patients who have had restorative dentistry, crowns, bridges and implants. This treatment can help prevent future gum disease and cavities.

News Around The Web

Gum disease can kill more than your smile. Multiple studies estimate that between 48 and 50 percent or approximately 65 million American adults have mild moderate or severe periodontitis the more advanced form of periodontal disease. In adults 65 and older prevalence rates increase to 70 and more.…

Treating periodontal disease may reduce prostate inflammation. This study shows that if we treat the gum disease it can improve the symptoms of prostatitis and the quality of life for those who have the disease said Nabil Bissada chair of Case Western Reserve’s Department of Periodontics and the new study’s Treating gum disease reduces prostate blog all 7 news articles.…

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