A New Revolution In Oral Care
Periodontal disease: It's not just a mouth problem
most common cause or tooth loss
in adults, periodontal
disease-the breakdown of tissues that support and
attach the teeth-is a major threat to oral health.
But that's not all.
have shown that periodontal disease. Including
gingivitis and periodontitis, can adversely affect
organs outside the mouth, leading to serious
health complications (eg,
heart and lung problems).
While maintaining good oral
hygiene by brushing, flossing and visiting the
dentist regularly helps maintain healthy gums and
teeth, hyaluronic acid is another key means of
keeping periodontal disease at bay and ensuring that
a healthy smile lasts a lifetime.
Hyaluronic acid for healthier gums
Hyaluronic acid is a biological
substance with excellent water-holding capacity
found largely in your body's connective tissues of
the skin and oral cavity, vitreous humor of the eye
and synovial fluid that surrounds the joints.
Hyaluronic acid makes up about 40% of the
extracellular matrix, binding to protein fibres such
as collagen and elastin to provide tissue stability
In the oral cavity, hyaluronic
acid is a vital substance in maintaining the health
of connective tissue, which binds and holds together
the tissues surrounding the teeth, keeping the teeth
intact. Hyaluronic acid also acts as a physical
barrier to microorganisms and other toxins that are
likely to contribute to the development of
Breakdown of hyaluronic acid
Hyaluronic acid, along with other
protein fibres in connective tissue, is damaged by
hyaluronidase and proteinases, enzymes released by
plaque bacteria when oral hygiene is poor. This
weakens the connective tissue, thereby increasing
its permeability and the permeability of the
capillaries supplying it. If this happens, toxins
and bacteria can permeate the tissue easily, causing
inflammation of the gums, or gingivitis.
In gingivitis, the gums become
red, swollen and bleed easily. When gingivitis is not treated,
it can progress to inflammation of the tooth, or periodontitis. In periodontitis, the bone and
connective tissue that hold the teeth in place are
severely degraded, leading to long-lasting
periodontal damage and, ultimately, tooth loss.
It's time to pick up that
toothbrush and use it regularly. New studies
indicate that people who have poor oral hygiene are
more at risk of heart disease.
their lifestyle patterns and taking into
consideration other risk factors, such as smoking
and physical activity, the results showed that those
who skipped brushing their teeth twice a day had a
70% additional risk of heart disease.
Individuals with gum disease are more likely to
develop heart disease because inflammation in the
body, including mouth and gums, plays an important
role in the build-up of clogged arteries.
Future experimental studies will
be needed to confirm whether the observed
association between oral health behaviour and cardio
vascular disease is in fact causal or merely a risk