The New Frontier of Battling Gum Disease

Gum disease is one of the most prevalent diseases in the world, affecting 78 million people in the U.S. alone. Daily brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleanings have been the only ways of combating gum disease so far. These actions help reduce the amount of oral bacteria on the surface of the teeth. If the bacteria become too populous in the mouth, inflammation can occur and this causes the immune system to activate. Sometimes the immune system overreacts to the oral bacteria and harms the oral tissues while trying to fight off bacteria. In a healthy mouth, there is a balance between bacteria and the immune system.

Thanks to science and technological advances, we may be on the brink of treating gum disease in a new way. This innovative scientific procedure uses additional T-cells. A team of scientists have found that even though the amount of bacteria didn’t change, gum disease improved. Could this be the future of treating the negative effects of gum disease? Read more on Science Daily: