Periodontal disease is an inflammatory gum disease. Bacteria that attach to the teeth are the cause of the inflammation, but each person’s response to the bacteria is different. Some people can have a huge bacterial load and very little disease. Others can have very few bacteria, and still generate an exaggerated response with rapid destruction of the bone that supports the teeth.
It is important to know what you are dealing with if your periodontal disease is not being controlled by conventional treatment. Further tests are available to target the bacteria involved and better control the inflammatory response.
There is a very strong correlation between the inflammatory process of periodontal disease and other inflammatory processes such as heart diseases. Healthy gums are proving to be a very important part of a healthy lifestyle.