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What are the hallmark signs of periodontitis

Attachment loss - manifests as increased pocket depth
Alveolar bone destruction


What species in the biofilm can cause tissue destruction and how

Gingipains can clean and degrade host proteins to make them available as an energy source which can contribute to destruction of the connective tissues and attachment loss


How is gingivitis first initiated

The host detects an accumulation of plaque bacteria, detected by TLR expressed within the gingival epithelium
This will lead to upregulation and the release of pro-inflammatory mediators which will trigger the clinical signs of inflammation allowing immune cells to migrate into the tissues to try and control the infection


Which cells migrate to the gingival tissue during gingivitis and how do they do this

Mainly neutrophils and monocytes
They follow the chemokine and cytokine gradient that is produced upon activation of TLRs and they migrate through the gingival tissue towards the gingival margins


What is the role of neutrophils and monocytes in the gingival tissue

They can either phagocytose any microbes invading the tissue or they can release their degredative enzymes into the GCF and those enzymes will bathe the biofilm attached to the subgingival tissues


How does gingivitis affect the gingival crevicular fluid

There is increased flow of the GCF


What is the role of lymphocytes during gingivitis

T cells help to coordinate the responses and B cells can differentiate into plasma cells and then start releasing antibodies into the GCF and saliva


What are the possible outcomes of gingivitis

Biofilm is controlled as the threat is removed so there is resolution of inflammation and return to health
Periodontal pathogens in the biofilm drive dysbiosis preventing the return to homeostasis while evading the immune response so over time, the immune response will become chronic, damaging the host tissues


Describe the role of neutrophils in periodontal health

Neutrophils continually track through the gingival tissue and towards the gingival margin where they degranulation and release their contents into the GCF
Occurs constantly and is crucial for maintaining health and to suppress the expression of virulence


Why is periodontitis so aggressive in patients with lost neutrophil function

Neutrophils aren’t available and aren’t functioning correctly so they’re not available to control bacterial growth giving particular species a competitive advantage, invading the gingiva tissues leading to widespread inflammation


How can the presence of neutrophils lead to destruction of tissues

Within the degradation enzymes designed to control the biofilm, there is a major source of MMPs which are host enzymes important for clearing damaged tissues after infection
The vast number of MMPs during periodontitis contribute to tissue destruction


Describe the protective role adaptive immunity plays in periodontitis

Prevents the biofilm trafficking through the tissue and gaining access to the circulation, preventing systemic infection


Why is the adaptive immune response during periodontitis destructive

The sustained activation of inflammation contributes to alveolar bone absorption


Describe monocytes differentiation in health

Monocytes, given the right signals, can either differentiate into macrophages or osteoclasts
In health the balance between bone formation and absorption is balanced, old bone is placed with new bone


How is monocytes differentiation regulated

By a triad of cytokines, RANKL, its receptor RANK and the decoy receptor OPG


How is RANKL present in periodontitis

Activated B and T cells within the gingival tissue release RANKL into the periodontal lesion


Describe how inflammation leads to bone loss

There is high levels of RANKL and low levels of OPG
OPG isn’t available to inhibit RANKL from binding to RANK
Monocytes are being recruited in large numbers
RANKL will bind to RANK causing the monocytes to differentiate into osteoclasts which will resorb the surrounding bone leading to alveolar bone resorption and eventually tooth loss


Describe how pro-inflammatory cytokines contribute to bone resorption

Different types of cytokines containing TNFa (IL-1, IL-6 IL-17) inhibit osteoblasts and bone formation resulting in bone resorption