Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, leads to tooth decay. The early stages of gum disease might seem benign, with mildly puffy gums and a little bleeding after you brush and floss. However, when gum disease progresses, it can lead to serious infection and even the loss of teeth. Lately, gum disease has been linked to more serious conditions, like heart disease, diabetes, and pre-term labor. Luckily, ongoing research is leading to new discoveries that might, one day, eradicate gum disease. Your Dallas and Richardson dentist, Dr. Truong, shares the details of one particular study that proposes using protein filled capsules to treat periodontitis (advanced gum disease).
Gum Disease has a New Enemy: Protein
Dr. Steven Little reported on the research at the 244th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society. Laboratory experiments were performed on mice to reach a hypothesis that the progression of infection could be halted. Furthermore, the experiment showed that tissues damaged by gum disease could even be regrown with the use of protein.
Utilizing Protein Capsules for Periodontitis
As the bacterial infection in gum disease advances, gums begin to recede. Pockets form between the inner layer of the gums and the jawbone, providing a prime breeding ground for bacteria to mix with food particles, and spread more infection. Dr. Little and his team developed controlled-released protein capsules to insert directly into periodontal pockets. As the capsules slowly dissolve, the protein that is released will guide immune cells to unhealthy gum tissue. The process of advancing gum disease can be stopped by the white blood cell surge. Additionally, the protein will help repair the damage to gum tissue that was ravaged by the disease.
Scientists are uncovering exciting medical advances all the time, but for now good oral hygiene practices and bi-annual exams are your best ammunition against gum disease. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Truong, call our Dallas dentist office at (214) 337-7800, or our Richardson dentist office at (972)437-6000. Viva Dental is proud to serve patients in the 75211 and 75080 zip codes, and surrounding areas.