There are many causes of rosacea. Not every possible cause is relevant to every person because no two people are alike and no two cases of rosacea are alike. On first thought periodontal gum disease and rosacea would not seem to be related. But in studying closely each condition, a pattern begins to emerge that seems to indicate that in fact there is a correlation.
Gum disease results when bacteria, food particles, saliva and mucus form a plaque or tartar on the teeth. The plaque and tartar if left for long periods of time on the teeth result in inflammation of the gums causing increasing redness, swelling and even bleeding. If left untreated in can in some instances advance into a condition in which the inflammation surrounds the tooth causing the gums to separate from the tooth which can become infected.
When an area of the body becomes infected, the immune system sends antibodies through the blood stream to fight the infection. The tissue inside the mouth is very thin and the skin on the face is also quite thin. As this increased blood flow rushes to the mouth to fight the bacterial infection, you will also observe an increase in redness and swelling as the body fights the infection. The swelling and redness are noticeable not only inside the mouth but also around the outer more visible facial areas of the cheeks and chin.
It is quite possible that in treating the oral infection, there will be an improvement in the rosacea symptoms of redness, swelling and inflammation. Gum disease and rosacea both stem from an immune system imbalance, managing and controlling the body’s pH will provide the body with the optimum tools needed to fight both periodontal disease and rosacea.