Gum Disease Found to Worsen Infection in Animal
The number of viral variants in moderate gum disease in an animal model exposed to an AIDS- like virus were high in number, causing infection and greater inflammation, Texas Biomed scientists in San Antonio have found.
Both of these features have potential negative implications in long term disease progression, including other kinds of infections, the researchers say in a new report.
The public health message from the study is that even mild inflammation in the mouth needs to be controlled because it can lead to more serious consequences, said Luis Giavedoni, Ph. D, a Texas Biomed virologist and first author of the study.