Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Researchers May Have Discovered Mechanism Connecting Periodontal Disease, Other Inflammatory Conditions


We believe this is the mechanism by which oral hygiene can impact vulnerability to unrelated secondary health challenges

Researchers at the University of Toronto recently published findings that are interesting, to say the least.  The scientists have published research that shows the impact of neutrophils on the inflammatory process.

When the body is fighting an infection, I tremendous number of processes are part of the process.  The body goes through a complicated "cascade" of chemicals that work to trigger the responses of cells that are used to fight infections.

One of these cells is the neutrophil.  When the body is fighting periodontal disease, it releases a large number of neutrophils to help kill the assaulting bacteria return the infected tissue back to a "normal state".  However, not all of these neutrophils are used to fight off the infection.  Like everything in life, a few too many are created.  Sort of an anti-infective surplus inventory, as you will.

However, these neutrophils are supercharged to kill invading bacteria and so they go zooming around the circulatory system primed and ready to attack something.  Unfortunately what they have been discovered to do is attack things that might not necessarily need that attacking done.

It's a fascinating read.  Be sure and give it a look!  

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