How can a two time cancer survivor and expert on alternative cancer treatments make such an assertion? This article will discuss how gum disease can affect the overall health of the body, as well as how it can increase the likelihood of developing health problems such cancer and heart disease. Does that sound crazy? It is possible to link gum disease with other health problems.
What is it? Gum Disease?
Gum disease (or periodontal disease) is the name of a variety of oral health issues, including gingivitis, which is inflammation of the gum tissue, to the more severe periodontitis (where the gum tissues pull away and can cause serious infection).
According to the American Dental Association gum disease symptoms include persistent bad smell, swollen gums and gums that bleed while flossing, sensitive teeth, loose teeth, sensitive gums, and painful spots when chewing.
Even if you don’t have receding gums, there is a good chance you could have some form of gum disease and not even realize it.
Periodontal disease affects one in two adults. According to the Center for Disease Control, (CDC), approximately:
- “47.2% of adults aged 30 years and older have some form of periodontal disease.
- Periodontal disease is more common in older people. 70.1% of those 65 years or older have it.
- This condition is more common in men than women (56.4% vs. 38.4%), those living below the federal poverty level (65.4%), those with less than a high school education (66.9%), and current smokers (64.2%).”
It can be reversed if you take the right care of your teeth.
How Gum DiseaseThe Body is Affected
Gum disease is a serious condition that can cause tooth loss, as well as other problems. However, gum disease and gingivitis may also have negative effects on other parts of the body.
The mouth isn’t an isolated ecosystem, but an integral part the immune system. Your mouth is connected to many other parts. An infection or gum disease can cause inflammation and immune problems in other parts of the body.
Gum Disease= Active Bacterial Influenfection
Poor dental hygiene has a negative effect on more than just your mouth. Gum disease, which is an active bacterial infection, can reach the entire body via the bloodstream. The ‘bad bugs’ involved with gum disease are very mobile. They can and do swim upstream to colonize other areas of your body.
Bad bugs in your mouth can create plaque deposits that are similar to plaque in the arterial walls of heart disease patients. Knowing that bacteria in the mouth travels through bloodstreams, it is easy to see how gum disease could affect other parts of your body.
Gum disease can increase the risk of several health conditions, including:
- Heart disease
- Low birth weight and preterm births
- Cancer (including breast cancer and pancreatic cancer as well as esophageal and other forms of cancer)
- There are many types of arthritis
One reason for the link could be increased oxidative stress, which impairs immunity. However, we need to do more research to confirm this.
Through the mouth, bacteria enters the bloodstream.
Now we know that harmful bacteria from gum disease can colonize in the mouth, and then spread to the rest of the body via bloodstream. In essence, a person with active gum disease has an enemy “inside the gates,” slowly but surely eroding their health by poisoning their system with bacteria.
Two things are known to be at risk in this situation:
- The actual damage done by bacteria in the mouth is quite serious.
- How the body responds and the resulting inflammation to this chronic bacterial attack
First, some believe these bacteria can damage the flesh and bone tissue of the mouth, leading eventually to severe gum problems or tooth loss. As a result of this attack, they also release toxins into the system.
The second risk is how your body reacts to chronic bacterial attacks with an immune response and resulting inflammation.
How the Body Responds To Bacterial Infections in the Mouth
Gum disease is recognized by the immune system as a serious bacterial infection. The body can defeat an infection by increasing blood flow to the affected area. This will increase the number white blood cells that fight the infection.
Bleeding when flossing or brushing your teeth, swelling of the gums and pain when you brush your teeth are all signs of a serious bacterial infection.
The problem is when the infection is severe, such as a chronic illness. gum disease. In the case of chronic infection, the body’s infection-fighting reaction becomes a habit, thus creating a state of chronic inflammation.
Chronic Infection= Chronic Inflammation
Worse, the bacteria from gum disease can spread to other parts of your body and cause more serious problems. This is the beginning of chronic inflammation throughout the body that causes and contributes to other conditions such diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, cancer, and heart disease.
Gum disease is a gateway disease that supports the conditions that allow systemwide diseases to thrive and establish.
Gum disease is a serious condition that can lead to more serious conditions. There are ways to treat and reverse gum disease and bring your mouth (and body!) back to health.
How to Reverse Gum Disease Naturally
Healthy gums are important for everyone to avoid dentures, root planing, flap surgery and root planning. Poor oral hygiene is a prerequisite for achieving this goal. You can also fight gum inflammation at your home, in addition to regular visits to the dentist.
There are two parts to improving your oral health.
- In the Mouth: Improve your oral health and eliminate harmful bacteria that leads to gum disease.
- All throughout the Body: Improved immunological health throughout the body to address cellular health
This first part of the approach focuses on how to improve oral health and overall wellness. This includes good oral hygiene, flossing, regular dental treatment, brushing, flossing, and other methods.
The second view focuses on tools and techniques to improve immunological health. To improve our oral health, we must first boost our immune system. If the immune system is properly supported, it can create an environment that is not conducive to the bacteria that causes gum disease.
As with all aspects of health, it’s important to remember that the whole body works together to solve the problem.
Gum Disease Prevention: Immune Health Improvement
Many factors affect the immune system and the body’s ability to handle bacteria in the mouth effectively, including:
Stop putting Toxins in the System
To improve your oral health and overall wellbeing, it is important to stop putting toxins in the system. It is vital to understand the two main routes that toxins can enter the body via the mouth.
- Toxins are produced by bacteria in your gums. These toxins can travel to your bloodstream.
- The toxins are introduced accidentally by antimicrobials, which are used to clean the teeth.
I wasn’t surprised to find a study that found that people with increased endocrine disruptors in their system had increased gum disease. Their immune system might have been affected by the high levels of pesticides found in their systems.
Prevent Disease or Create Health – Which Comes First?
These concepts are crucial to fighting gum disease. They are also essential in creating health and preventing disease. We can see this debate most clearly in history with the example of Louis Pasteur, the ‘father’ of modern medicine and germ theory, and Antoine Beauchamp, a contemporary of Pasteur’s who promoted a related theory but with a different focus called cellular (or terrain) theory.
These theories support the idea that optimal health is a combination of creating health and preventing disease. Our primary goal must be to create health through wellness protocols.
It is important to be aware of any potential dangers that may be present in our system. They could affect our immune system and impair our efforts to improve our health. This is especially true when the substances we introduce into the system are intended to prevent disease. If we introduce toxins to the system using the germ theory (prevent diseases) approach, we are not addressing our primary goal of creating health.
How to Reduce Harmful BacteriaGum Disease
It is vital to support the entire body to improve immune health through diets and lifestyles. However, it is also important to address the colonization by harmful bacteria in your mouth directly to fight gum diseases.
Brush your teeth properly to reduce gum disease
Dr. Charles Bass, like other prominent doctors and researchers from the past, was an early pioneer in oral health and medicine. He shared a technique that has been shown to reduce the number of bad bugs in the oral cavity. It is called the Bass Brushing technique and works to remove harmful bacteria and plaque buildup from the gum line. It is gentler than traditional brushing methods and can help fight gingivitis.
Dr. Bass was actually told by a dentist that he needed all his teeth removed due to severe gum disease. He used his knowledge of microbiology and his microscope to find the best brushing method. He saved his own teeth and died with his original teeth intact.
Conscious flossingProper brushing goes hand in hand. It is a great step towards better oral health. OraWellness shows you how to floss mindfully:
- You will need a long piece of floss so that you can replace the floss between each set.
- After each flossing, take a moment to inspect the floss. Check for discoloration. Any color other than yellowish or blood indicates that there is an active infection in the gums around your teeth.
- Step three requires courage. Be strong! Smell the floss. Yes, you can smell it after every contact.
- As you floss, be aware of any pain, sensitivity or signs that might be causing it.
The bottom line is that if there is any color on your floss (bleeding gums), or a bad smell, then you have an active gum infection between those two teeth.
Use non-toxic oral health products to clean your mouth
When addressing products for oral hygiene, it is important to ensure that there are no additional toxins in the system. It is one thing to take one step forward, and two steps back when you try to remove harmful substances from the system.
This means that introducing toxins into the body that will lower or limit immunity health is counterproductive, since immune health is the primary focus of fighting gum disease. That’s why I make my herbal mouthwashInstead of buying it at the store,
Toothpaste containing toxic ingredients can cause a decline in immune function, which can be detrimental to our overall health. Here are some of my favorite, non-toxic oral products.
Learn More About Oil Pulling
Oil pulling is an ancient Indian (Ayurvedic medicine) technique. This wonderful technique not only cleans the mouth but also detoxifies the entire system. Here is a link to an article that details the benefits, science, and technique of oil pulling.
Learn how to improve your mouth hygiene with these free techniques
There is a direct relationship between the amount we produce saliva and our ability maintain a healthy, disease free mouth environment. Unfortunately, saliva production decreases with age. It’s not surprising that gum disease risk increases with a decrease in saliva production.
While all of the above will greatly improve your oral health, we’ve saved the most important and most important aspect to improve your oral health.
Resources to reverse gum disease
You can find a periodontist or a biological dentist in your local area and book a check-up to schedule a professional cleaning. The following websites are recommended by me:
This article was medically reviewed by Dr. Steven LinDr., a Board-accredited dentist from the University of Sydney. He has a background in biomedical sciences and is passionate about whole-health advocacy, focusing on the connection between nutrition, dental health, and other aspects of overall health. This is not intended to be a substitute for your doctor’s advice. We recommend that you consult your dentist.
What can you do for your oral health? Any tips you’d recommend? Please leave a comment below!
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