Chronic Inflammation & Gum Disease

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Healthy Tooth VS Periodontitis

Gum 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 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!

About the Author:

Born in Allentown Pennsylvania, into a family of musicians, Rob Pearce grew up studying violin, percussion, jazz arranging and composition. After two years at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, he transfer to the pre-dental program at the University of Miami and later moved to San Francisco where he earned his Doctorate in Dentistry (DDS) from the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in 1990. For the past twenty eight years he has focused his efforts on mastering the art of high quality, long lasting “metal free dentistry,” a concept that was relatively new at the time but over the years has gained powerful momentum. In 2014 Dr. Pearce became a member of the “Visiting Faculty” of Spear Education, arguably the most prestigious dental continuing education program in the world. As a Spear Open Wide Foundation Ambassador, Dr. Pearce and his team travel to Guatemala to provide metal free dentistry to those who would otherwise receive no dental treatment at all. Dr. Pearce and Annette Rig were honored, and lucky enough to treat the very first patient at the Foundation’s first clinic in 2012. Since then, with the outpouring of support from our member dentists and American equipment manufacturers, we now have six clinics and have treated over 200,000 patients in need! The foundation’s goals include helping improve the education of Guatemala dentists. In 2015, as a member of the Education Development Committee, Dr. Pearce presented an all day lecture and workshop for the faculty and students at the Galvez School of Dentistry in Guatemala City.