What's in you Mouth?
- A. Vandiveer Strait, BA, DDS, FAGD
Do you want to read further? Well the good news is this means you are in an elite group. Knowing about what I am going to tell you and following it up can save you a great deal of time, aggravation, discomfort, inconvenience and save you many thousands of dollars!
Man has suffered seemingly from the beginning of existence from Dental Caries (Decay) and Periodontal (Gum) Disease with resulting loss of tooth structure, recession and loss of supporting structures and loss of the teeth themselves without any sure way to prevent this from happening. For yourself and pretty much everyone else past efforts such as brushing your teeth, flossing, irrigation, use of fluoride, sealants, mouthwashes, toothpastes, etc. have only reduced the amount of disease and destruction in your mouth not eliminated it. Sadly, it is probable that you as well as almost everyone else thinks that is the best we can do, that there are no better answers, and that dental disease and losing teeth are just part of your life.
You should note that according to the CDC (US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 47.2% of adults aged 30 years or older have some form of periodontal disease; that is 93,000,000 (93 million adult Americans). Exact statistics on the incidence of gingivitis and periodontal disease in Europe and Worldwide are hard to find, but based on US Statistics it is shocking to realize that worldwide including yourself more than 1.8 Billion people suffer from some sort of periodontal disease. The very bad news is that number 47.2% is probably way to low. A number of surveys put that percentage much higher and if you have periodontal disease with gum recession, bone loss, but no pocket depth you are NOT counted!
An alarming fact is that the bacteria in your mouth that cause Gingivitis and Periodontal disease can go anywhere in your body and have been shown to be associated with Heart Disease, Stroke, Diabetes, Obesity, adverse pregnancy outcomes, Osteoporosis, Respiratory Disease, Cancer, higher risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis, Alzheimer’s and Dementia as either a contributory or causative factor for you in the same way smoking is associated with Cancer.
The impact of dental disease worldwide is staggering: Besides the untold pain, suffering, and impact on systemic health, the global impact of dental disease amounts to well over US $400,000,000,000.00 dollars (400 Billion).
I want to mention here that my experience with using antibacterial therapy coupled with really effective home care while treating thousands of patients over my career has convinced me that with our help you can radically reduce the chances of suffering from periodontal disease. Also with help like we have in our office you can also radically reduce your chance of getting cavities / Dental Caries/ Dental Decay. You might note that although the information I am presenting to you applies mainly to periodontal disease, preventive dental care can and has eliminated decay as an issue for thousands of patients and it can for you.
There are over 600 varieties of microorganisms which can be found in the mouth. The number of varieties we might find in a single individual’s mouth like yourself would be more like 100 to 200 varieties. A relatively small number of varieties are bad/ pathogenic (disease causing). The consensus seems to be that the actual number of proven pathogens is 20 or less depending on whose research you use. There are two main characteristics of these oral pathogenic bacteria (those bacteria which can cause decay or periodontal disease). One is that they are anaerobic (do not like oxygen) and like to live where there is little or no oxygen, like between the teeth, under the gums, or in defects in the teeth or restorative dental work. The second is that they have an incredibly fast metabolism (they move about and multiply rapidly). Because of this fast metabolism they need food constantly and form chemicals which enable them to do this. Because of the action of these bad/pathogenic bacteria your body’s immune system reacts to defend you from these bacteria. The immune system walls off and tries to destroy these bad/pathogenic bacteria, but unfortunately in the process of building this defensive “wall” the body has to break down a small amount of tissue structure and you do not get this back. As a result over time this causes loss of the attachment mechanism that hold your teeth in place (gum recession, increase in crevise/pocket depth, and bone loss). As this process progresses your teeth have less support and may become mobile, your roots will become exposed which are much more vulnerable than your enamel to wear, erosion, and decay. This process may continue until you eventually start lose your teeth. (During the entire time that you have Periodontal Disease it is important to note that the Disease causing Bacteria can and do enter your lymphatic and blood supply and contribute or cause a negative impact on your body by contributing or causing the diseases and conditions we mentioned earlier).
NOW THE GOOD NEWS! You with our help can eliminate the bad disease causing bacteria in your mouth without hurting the good ones, get healthy, never get new dental disease and stay that way permanently. This will not only allow you to avoid the aggravation, loss of time, discomfort, etc. that comes with having and treating the symptoms of dental disease, but it will also SAVE YOU THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS!
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