Gum disease is one of the most prevalent infections in our society. 87% of North Americans suffer from some degree of gum infection, be it gingivitis, periodontitis, periodontal pockets, bone loss, loose teeth, or halitosis (bad breath). Most of them start with bacterial infections that cause an inflammatory response not just in the gums, but the whole body. If the C-Reactive Protein ( a marker for inflammation) is measured in people with gum infection, the reading will be elevated. An elevated CRP i.e. Inflammation is a frequent precursor in illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, lung disease and lately cancer of all kinds.

A significant number of gum infections are caused by parasites, namely Entamoeba Gingivalis (Amoeba) and occasionally Trichomonas Tenax (Trich). These destroy our immune system by an additional mechanism. The amoeba for instance, feeds on the nucleus of the White Blood Cells (our anti-infection soldiers) and gets its energy by taking the hemoglobin (energy) off the Red Blood Cell. When your defense systems are challenged, and your immunity is attacked, the body breaks down at its’ weakest points.

Oral cancer is not the only cancer that gum infections can cause. When we consider that most cancers are a result of an immune system that has “given up the fight” it is not surprising that studies are showing a link between gum disease and many types of cancers from; lip, tongue and throat to pancreatic and liver cancers. Our immune system does not slip down a slope gently and give us flashing red lights as warnings. When it is overpowered, it suddenly gives up, and we are faced with that catastrophic diagnosis of (for example) heart attack, diabetes, MS or cancer. This is called the “cliff effect” because it is as if our immune system fell off a cliff.

Here are a few ways you can protect yourself:

Periodontal infection “catching” just like a cold, whether it is bacterial or parasitic. If your immune system is weakened or compromised by other factors such as toxins or poor nutrition, your body may not be able to ward off the infection. You will start experiencing symptoms such as bad breath, bleeding when you brush or floss, reddening and swelling and eventually periodontal pockets and tartar deposits (calculus).

Take care of your dental health by avoiding infections (not kissing an infected person); using proper and regular oral hygiene with products (that contain no toxins such as Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or Fluoride); using irrigation (with natural anti-infective herbal products).

Practice; proper nutrition, bowel and liver hygiene; avoid sugar, packaged foods, GMO’s, microwave ovens; get enough sleep; exercise and water will go a long way to prevent gum disease.

Go to a holistically astute dental office where you can have a “Plaque Analysis” done under a microscope and if found, the infection can be eliminated before your Hygiene Appointment, so that the hygienist is not spreading the infection into your blood stream when you have your “cleaning”.

Make yourself knowledgeable about how to take care of your health and how to avoid the pitfalls.