From the earliest stages of gingivitis to the more advanced stages of periodontitis, gum disease is one of the most prevalent diseases in our society, yet remains largely unknown.
A few years after leaving periodontal care, despite a nutrient-dense organic diet and good hygiene, my situation declined, abscessing became frequent, teeth loosened and ached, then one was lost. I had to figure this out!
In small numbers a keystone pathogen can still cause destruction.
Mouth microbes have been implicated in a variety of ills, from arthritis to Alzheimer’s.
The mouth is the gateway to the body because all cellular function and major systems begin with fuel that is processed in the mouth.� Poor nutrition and body health starts with a poor environment in the mouth � the proverbial �Garbage in, Garbage out.
It's interesting to see the similarities between cardiac and gum diseases: both are highly prevalent, both often progress without pain, both are insidious, slow to develop and caused by plaque.
I was disappointed to learn that this surgery was unlike a hair transplant as the new gum tissue was not going to grow new gums. What it did accomplish was allowing my gums to stop receding as they now had new tissue holding the weak tissue in place like a strong bear hug from a lover.
It seems that the root of all evil stems from the mouth; more specifically, the gums.
Over the years, periodontal disease has been linked to every thing from impotence, to heart disease, to cancer.
And now, far fetched as it may sound, gum disease may be linked to failed orthopedic implants. Yes, you read right – the implants used to rebuild your granny’s hip.
Periodontal diseases are mainly the results of infections and inflammation of the gums and bone that surround and support the teeth. In its early stage, called gingivitis, the gums can become swollen and red, and they may bleed. In its more serious form, called periodontitis, the gums can pull away from the tooth, bone can be lost, and the teeth may loosen or even fall out. Periodontal disease is mostly seen in adults. Periodontal disease and tooth decay are the two biggest threats to dental health.
Untreated gingivitis can advance to periodontitis and can eventually lead to tooth loss and other health problems.
Four out of five people have periodontal disease and don’t know it! Most people are not aware of it because the disease is usually painless in the early stages.