Gum disease is the number one form of chronic inflammation in the world. 70 million Americans have gum disease in fact, 50% of Americans that are over the age of 30 have this condition and as we age more and more people suffer from gum disease. 70% of people that are 65 have gum disease.
The average person has nearly 200 different types of germs in their mouth. The main function of our immune system is to kill germs in our bodies. When our body finds germs in our mouth the immune system kicks into high gear to prevent infections. Our immune system uses very strong substances to kill germs. These very potent substances are toxic to everything around them. When our immune system uses these poisons to kill germ it actually kills the gum tissues and the bone around our teeth and this is the cause of periodontal disease.
These toxic chemicals melt away the bone around our teeth. I want you to imagine your mailbox at the end of your driveway. Now imagine digging up the dirt around your mailbox. You know that once you dig up enough dirt, the mailbox will get loose. This is exactly what happens to the teeth. As the bone around your teeth is eroded the teeth become loose and can become painful and if the condition is not treated the teeth will be lost.
The human body has 60,000 miles of blood vessels. When our immune system is actively fighting the infections in our mouth the poisons you have been reading about are traveling throughout our bodies in our blood vessels. As these substances come into contact with our blood vessels they make the blood vessels swollen and fragile. Swollen and fragile blood vessels are the cause of heart attacks and strokes. In 2016, the British Medical Journal released the results of many years of studies. The results of this research was that periodontal disease is a direct cause of heart attacks and strokes. The American Heart Association research shows that 35% of patients suffering from heart attacks and strokes also had the germs from gum disease in their blood.
The only way to really know if you have gum disease is to visit your dentist but many common signs and symptoms are : bleeding or sore gums, loose teeth, bad breath and gum recession.
Periodontal disease is in a variety of ways depending on your specific needs. The treatment ranges from using antibiotic to numbing the mouth up and having the roots of your teeth cleaned 4 times per year and the most severe cases are treated with gum surgery.