Your Mouth Mirrors the Health of Your Whole Body (4)
CHRONIC GUM INFLAMMATION AND ITS PREVENTION
The most common infectious disease in the world is gum inflammation. This part of the series discusses the factors leading to it and its implications beyond the oral cavity, which follows the previous part of this series where we discussed dental caries.
Healthy gums firmly attach to the teeth, are pink or light brown, and do not bleed when brushing or flossing. If inflammation occurs, they become red, swollen, and bleed, which doesn't necessarily hurt in the early stages. If the situation is not addressed, gum disease can progress to affect the surrounding tissues of the tooth's supporting structure, including the bone, known as periodontitis (formerly called periodontal disease). It can also affect the tooth's root canals. The blood vessels and nerves of the teeth are connected to the body's circulatory and nervous systems, allowing inflammation to spread further, and vice versa – inflammatory processes in the body can impact the health of our teeth and gums.
ORAL MICROBIOME AND FACTORS THAT INFLUENCE IT
We all have bacteria in our mouths, including several hundred different species. This community of microorganisms is called the oral microbiome, consisting of both beneficial and harmful bacteria. An imbalance with a prevalence of pathogenic "bad" bacteria can lead to diseases such as dental caries or gum inflammation, which is often a chronic problem. It's not just about the quantity of bacteria in the oral cavity, but rather the spectrum that dominates. It's important to note that oral bacteria are highly infectious and can be transmitted to family members, close contacts, or even pets.
An imbalance in the microbiome can occur due to poor oral hygiene – whether it's inadequate or, conversely, excessively aggressive, the use of aggressive mouthwashes based on chlorhexidine and alcohol or other antimicrobial agents, as well as antibiotic treatment, and smoking. Poor dietary habits, stress, or systemic illnesses can also contribute to an imbalance.
The oral cavity serves as an entry point not only to the digestive tract but also to the entire body. Its microbiome influences the composition of the gut microbiome. Therefore, it is crucial to consider how we care for the oral cavity and how we support both it and the entire body, especially in terms of what we consume. To tip the balance in favor of "good" bacteria over "bad" pathogens in the microbiome, we need to remove their food source – especially sugar, eggs, gluten, and dairy products.
If a patient has problems with periodontal issues affecting the entire oral cavity, the issue is usually systemic. We think comprehensively – about nutrition, systemic illnesses (such as metabolic diseases like diabetes, hormonal disorders, thyroid diseases, etc.), the toxic influence of heavy metals in amalgam fillings, mineral imbalances, side effects of medications, and radiation damage.
Poorly contoured fillings or crowns, problems with bite alignment, and high electric charge from metals in dental replacements can contribute to localized chronic gum inflammation. A specific tooth can also indicate a particular problem in the body associated with the inflammation (see the map of connections between teeth and organs in the first part of the series). For example, in one of our patients, a deep pocket (inflammation) around the lower front incisor suggested a urinary bladder infection. After strengthening the kidneys and urinary bladder, the inflammation disappeared.
Other factors that significantly influence the spectrum of microorganisms in the mouth are the composition and quantity of saliva (which has a protective function) and mouth breathing (oral dehydration interferes with the effects of saliva).
Increasingly, studies confirm that genetics have only a negligible impact on diseases.
For a healthy oral microbiome, nutrition is crucial, as well as strengthening the body's natural defenses and addressing other triggering factors, as there are many. In addition to dietary adjustments and the use of herbs and supplements, stress management is crucial. Techniques for releasing blocked emotions, increasing positive experiences, and simply listening to your intuition, having the right partners, fun, and meaningful work can also be helpful.
IMPACT ON THE ENTIRE BODY
Chronic oral cavity inflammations can negatively affect the health of the entire body. Research suggests that people with this condition have an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes, Alzheimer's disease, and dementia, as well as respiratory and intestinal diseases. Gum inflammation and the spectrum of bacteria causing it are also associated with osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and certain types of cancer. Women with periodontitis are more likely to experience fertility problems, premature births, and low-birth-weight babies, while men may experience erectile dysfunction.
Regular dental care includes brushing your teeth twice a day, but we often forget about interdental hygiene. In addition to dental floss, interdental brushes (for larger gaps) and dental showers can be used. Just as it is essential what we regularly do for ourselves, dental hygiene in a dental office is equally important. A visit to a dental hygienist is usually recommended four times a year. They can clean hard-to-reach areas in the mouth, including sub-gingival spaces. In the case of gum inflammation, ozone is utilized, which acts on bacteria, viruses, fungi, and spores and is more effective than conventional antibiotics. Ozone also strengthens tooth structure.
For the prevention and treatment of gum and periodontal inflammation (tissues surrounding the tooth, including the bone), four dimensions are crucial: removing bacteria from the body, supporting their elimination from the intestines, and replenishing minerals and vitamins to strengthen the body's defenses and bone metabolism.
Since most pathogens causing inflammatory, autoimmune, and other diseases accumulate in the liver, we recommend starting with body cleansing with products from the Cytosan series and using Probiosan/Probiosan Inovum probiotics to support intestinal elimination.
To enhance the body's resistance for gum disease prevention, Vironal is excellent. During ongoing infectious diseases, it is recommended to use Drags Imun, which has significant antibiotic effects and not only inhibits bacteria and viruses but also fungi. It should not be missing from any home medicine cabinet due to its extensive therapeutic reach. We recommend Dračí Krev not only for internal use but also for mouth rinses (as well as Audiron or saltwater rinses), or directly for treating inflamed gums. You can also add a drop to toothpaste or use Balsamio toothpaste directly. Vironal and Drags Imun can be combined with Vitaflorin (an excellent source of vitamins and minerals) and green foods. For periodontitis, other anti-inflammatory products from the Grepofit series, including sprays, have applications. The Cistus complex specialist is for resistant bacteria and fungi, and it can be supplemented with King Kong for overall body reinforcement.
Renol and Skeletin support the kidney system and bone metabolism. Herbal concentrate Gynex is suitable for adjusting the hormonal system. Chanca Piedra and highly antioxidant and immune-stimulating Uncaria Tomentosa are therapeutic teas from Energy.
MUDr. et MDDr. EVA and HANA LUSKAČOVY