Written by Dentistry Today Tuesday, 08 January 2013 21:49
A new report shows that the bacteria that causes gum disease manipulates the immune system to hinder normal processes that would usually eliminate bacteria.
The information appears in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology. The study details the way in which the bacteria, Porphyromonas gingivalis, thrives when it would otherwise be destroyed. T-cells generally protect the host from microbial infection but this bacteria finds a way around that.
Ideally, this information will play a role in thwarting chronic infection that results from gingivitis.