Inflammation is a natural, healthy response by your immune system to an attack on your body by injury or germs. Noticeable by the swelling, redness, heat & pain, it is the body’s way of protecting an area that is fighting infection. However, when the infection is gone, inflammation should go away as well, and if not, it can become chronic and cause additional problems. Other times, chronic inflammation can be a sign of some other underlying health issue.
Here is a list of health issues that may possibly be related to chronic inflammation:
- Gut health
- Inflammation of the joints
- Heart disease
- Increased risk of cancer
- Asthma or COPD
- Bone Growth
- Periodontitis (Gum Disease)
- Inflammation and Gum Disease
Let’s look at inflammation & gum disease. If you are suffering from red, swollen, or bleeding gums, you are possibly suffering from periodontal (gum) disease and should see your local dentist as soon as possible. Gum disease is an inflammatory disease of the gums and bone surrounding the teeth. The bone loss caused by gum disease will lead to tooth loss and can threaten not just your oral health, but your total health.
To help prevent inflammation of the body, choose a diet that is nutritional and lower in sugar. Research is showing that sugar is a large culprit to causing inflammation. Other high inflammatory foods include processed foods, fried foods, vegetable oil, refined flours, and artificial sweeteners & additives. Eating nutritious, natural foods are always better for your health and for your teeth. If you believe that you are suffering from chronic inflammation, visit with your physician to discuss your concerns.
To prevent inflammation of the gums and gum disease, first maintain good oral health by brushing your teeth twice daily and flossing. Also keep regular appointments with your local dentist and follow best practices recommended by your doctor.