Immune system response
A reflexive immune response can occur in response to bacteremia. Considerably higher leukocyte and CRP values are often measured in periodontitis patients than in individuals with a healthy periodontium. The Greifswald SHIP study also revealed a significant association between the two inflammation parameters, “white blood cell count” and “fibrinogen concentration”, and all periodontal parameters. The increase in these markers of systemic inflammation in itself indicates that the chronic infection, that may persist for a number of years, also has negative effects on general health. It is for this reason that one of the top priorities of the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) is to raise awareness of periodontitis, among both patients and doctors, as a widespread disease that should be taken seriously. The EFP “Periodontal health for a better life” campaign is also supported by the German Society of Periodontology (DG PARO), of course.