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Can Periodontal Disease Affect Your Immune System?


Posted on 12/1/2023 by Weo Admin
[[[pic:GettyImages-900377550.jpg|40%||right|TPimgRight|a 3d rendering of the stages of gum disease]]Both oral health and the body's immune system have a strong connection. Our mouths serve as the entryway to our bodies. If oral hygiene is not maintained properly, it can create serious repercussions. Serious health conditions like diabetes, cancer, heart disease, gum disease, or even cavities are related to poor oral health.

How Oral Bacteria Affect the Immune System


The body's immune system works to guard the body. It attacks and kills bacteria within the body. An overabundance of oral bacteria can contribute to inflammatory conditions like gingivitis and periodontal disease.

Inflammation from bacteria alerts the immune system to spring into action. The inflammatory bacteria prove to be a threat to the immune system. They work relentlessly to disrupt and impair the germ-destruction response of the immune system.

As bacteria invasion increases, the immune system focuses on the mouth, destabilizing attention in other body areas where inflammation has occurred. Further inflammation may occur, hindering the immune system from targeting bacteria within other body areas. Other diseases in these areas could take over the body, causing even further ailing and complications.

Combating Bacteria in the Mouth Keeps the Body Healthy


A strong immune system eliminates a majority of bacteria within the body, preventing other infections or even gum disease from arising. Keeping abreast with our oral hygiene is crucial since it helps heighten the immune response action.

Brushing teeth daily, flossing regularly, minimizing stress, eating a healthy diet, and avoiding smoking can help foster strong immunity and prevent gum disease. Make sure you drop by a dental office near you for routine checks.

Dentists examine the mouths carefully, detecting any signs of gum tissue inflammation, infection, or other abnormalities. Contact our periodontal team today to discover how important oral health is and how it impacts your immune system. We can help you keep up with your oral hygiene and protect your gums and teeth.


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Dr. Gary Greenwald
Dr. Andrew Kurialacherry
Dr. Nisha Kancherla



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320 Killian Hill Road NW
Lilburn, GA 30047-3809


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