Can Protein Capsules Fight Gum Disease? Knoxville Dentist Highlights Study

Gum disease is one of the most common issues we discuss with patients at their dental checkups. Clinically termed periodontitis, the infection is the number one cause of adult tooth loss. From an oral-systemic perspective, gum disease has been linked to more serious conditions of overall health. Heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and…

Gum disease is one of the most common issues we discuss with patients at their dental checkups. Clinically termed periodontitis, the infection is the number one cause of adult tooth loss. From an oral-systemic perspective, gum disease has been linked to more serious conditions of overall health. Heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and pre-term labor are among the ailments that have been shown to connect in some way with oral bacteria. Knoxville dentist, Dr. Jim Erpenbach, will highlight the details of a study that found protein filled capsules to have a surprisingly powerful effect on gum disease.

Research on Protein and Gum Disease

The 244th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society was the location where the protein capsule/gum disease connection was unveiled. Steven Little, Ph.D, headed the research. He presented data from laboratory experiments involving mice. The hypothesis of the research centered on the idea that regrowth of tissues damaged by periodontal disease could be achieved through the use of protein.

Gum disease usually begins with mildly puffy gums that bleed easily. This stage is called gingivitis. When left untreated, the bacterial infection has the opportunity to advance. Inflammation of gum tissues will become more severe. Your gums will begin to recede which weakens the attachment of the tissues to teeth. How does protein possibly help?

Controlled-Release Protein Capsules

When gum recession is in full effect, periodontal pockets form between the gums and teeth. These caverns within your mouth provide a breeding ground for bacteria to multiply and wreak havoc in your mouth. Controlled-released protein capsules were specially developed by Dr. Little and his team. They created the perfect size and shape to be inserted into periodontal pockets. Designed to slowly dissolve and release protein into the areas of unhealthy gum tissue, the process created a surge of white blood cells. According to Dr. Little, with further research and fine tuning, this could lead to regrowth of gum tissue.

Dental Checkups from Knoxville Dentist

Our 37919 dental office provides services including general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry. To schedule an appointment with your dentist in Knoxville, call us at 865-240-2035. Dr. Erpenbach is happy to serve patients in West Knoxville, the Bearden area, the 37919 zip code, and surrounding neighborhoods.

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