Chronic Inflammation & Gum Disease

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Chronic Inflammation & Gum Disease

Healthy Tooth vs PeriodontitisGum Disease may be a sign of systemic inflammation

Unlike acute inflammation (your body’s defense against illness or injury) chronic inflammation simultaneously heals and destroys tissue. It’s what happens when the immune system doesn’t know when to stop, and often leads to such diseases as heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and gum disease.

Dentally speaking, chronic inflammation can manifest itself as periodontal (gum) disease. Initial warning signs include swollen, bleeding, or tender gums. If poor dental health continues, patients risk eventual tooth loss. Contact us today if you have symptoms of periodontal disease.

Here’s how you may be able to reduce Chronic Inflammation:

  • Include more fresh fruits and vegetables (rich in antioxidants), as well as whole foods high in fiber and healthy fats such as nuts, olives, dark chocolate, and small fish
  • Avoid sugars, refined starches, and processed foods
  • Stop smoking…or don’t start
  • Control your blood pressure
  • Ask your MD about medication or supplements
  • Reduce stress by scheduling time for hobbies, relaxation, meditation, or prayer
  • Lose weight
  • Exercise regularly
  • Brush and floss twice each day
  • Treat gum disease in its early stage

Periodontal disease can indicate the presence of chronic inflammation, so seek treatment in its early stages… We’re here to help!

By | 2018-12-17T22:04:55+00:00 December 18th, 2018|Periodontal Dentistry|Comments Off on Chronic Inflammation & Gum Disease

About the Author:

Dr. Henry W. Rued was born and grew up in Santa Rosa, California where he attended Santa Rosa Junior College and Sonoma State College completing his pre-med studies and receiving a B.A. in English. His post graduate education was at Georgetown University where he was awarded his D.D.S. degree. He then elected to further his formal dental education by completing a general practice residency with the Veteran’s Administration at the Wadsworth Hospital in Los Angeles. Dr. Rued opened his practice in Willits in 1980. He is currently a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, the Redwood Empire Dental Society, CERECDoctors.com and the Society for Computerized Dentistry.