Periodontal disease and healthy gums

Note: Periodontal disease can be quite complex, this is a simple explanation of healthy gums and the importance that they play in your health and wellness. So please forgive us for avoiding hefty medical terms and complex biochemistry. Our intention is to simply communicate the vital importance of healthy gums.

Healthy gums are pretty amazing… and they look good too!

Think of everything that your teeth and gums have to withstand. Chewing forces alone can average 70 pounds per square inch–unless you are a night grinder as this condition can exert force up to TEN TIMES that amount!

And these forces can be up-and-down or side-to-side, and while this can all get quite technical the simple facts are that your gums have their work cut out for them to keep your teeth stable and capable of doing their job.

Anyone that has lost teeth or suffered from gum disease can attest to the fact that life is not so much fun when you can’t chew, or sometimes even talk right.

But your gums do quite a bit more than just hold teeth in place.

Your gums may look like “pinkish putty” but they actually are composed of lots and lots of fibers that connect in many directions to the bone. This allows for a marvelous process that:

  • Keeps your teeth stably in place, but still enough “wiggle room” to absorb and deal with the force and stress of living
  • Detect force levels by communicating “stretch factors” to the brain, so the brain can tell how much force is being applied
  • Play a very dynamic role in mineral absorption and the process of actively replacing your bone tissue cells
  • Provide immune support by buffering against the invasion of “bad bacteria” into the bone and the body

Covering these strands or fibers is an outer layer with a fancy name of “gingival epithelium” (gingiva is just a Latin name for gums!). This is a really important layer as it provides the protection against the bacteria rich environment in your mouth and the inner gum tissue, the bone tissue and your body.

Think of it as a wall that keeps out the unwanted food particles and bacteria. It protects you and it is a major player in your immune system and as it fails you become exposed to unhealthy bacteria, infections and inflammation.

periodontal disease, gum disease, gingivitis, inflamed gums, bleeding gums, gum disease treatmentNow you might begin to understand why unhealthy gums, particularly as they begin to “pull away” from your teeth and form pockets, can pose such a health hazard. In fact, gum disease has been linked to heart disease, strokes, Alzheimer’s disease, chronic inflammation and other health problems.

As gums fail this then accelerates the erosion of your teeth, weakens the bone structure in your jaw, aids the spreading of infection into your blood stream and body, and imperils your immune system.

We think we have made our point, healthy gums are vital and important to overall health and wellness.

What should healthy gums look like?

Generally they are a pink-tone with some variations from person to person. Gums that are red or white indicate unhealthy conditions. They should be tight to the tooth and have a nice rounded, snug fit around the tooth (not a deep arch or a loose fit). They should feel firm and not puffy or inflamed. There should be the most minimal of indentations around the tooth and certainly not any pockets.

When it comes to maintaining healthy gums and fighting periodontal disease there is a senior rule to follow:

Keep unhealthy bacteria UNDER CONTROL.

There are many ways to do this but the most basic and effective are:

  • Routine, consistent basic dental hygiene such as: brushing, flossing and, in some cases, tongue scraping
  • Regular dental cleanings, with deep cleanings recommended for those that already have gingivitis or periodontal disease
  • The use of oral probiotics to seed the mouth with beneficial bacteria that will control the growth of “bad bacteria”

Understanding the basic mechanics of unhealthy gums and gum disease should make it clear why ROUTINE and CONSISTENT dental hygiene regimens are so important. The bacteria that contributes to most gum disease grows consistently and so it is important that their growth is consistently disturbed. This is why DAILY flossing is so important–it disrupts the growth cycle of the bacteria as well as cleans out food sources for those bacteria.

One other important factor is maintaining the saliva flow in your mouth.

Saliva is not just spit or liquid. It is a powerful agent that buffers the acid produced by bacteria. An acidic environment in your mouth does not just erode your teeth. Acid actually promotes the growth of bad bacteria, so saliva will fight this by stabilizing the pH levels. Plus saliva is critically important in the remineralization process of your teeth, it provides a steady source of minerals that continually feed and rebuild the enamel on your teeth. So a dry mouth is a bad thing!

Dry mouth can be caused by certain medications, so if this is the case then discuss alternatives with your doctor. Chewing promotes saliva flow and many people find relief by using healthy chewing gum choices.

Additionally, our oral probiotic blend has been shown to increase saliva flow. This is the result of certain key probiotics we have included that stimulate healthy saliva flow.

We certainly hope that this has helped you to better understand why healthy gums are so important to you. We also hope it has inspired you to seek great oral health for you and for your family.

Probiotics may ease GERD and other digestive tract issues

Dr Paul O’Malleys take on the article below…

Yes I agree. If a person does suffer from GERD PROBIOTICS MAY PROVIDE RELIEF. Be aware that GERD can have devastating effects on your teeth and gums. The acidity can be so strong as to begin eating through enamel, causing erosion, severe wear, sensitivity and even tooth loss.
So from a dental view point it is crucial to handle this condition. Meanwhile taking our “Advanced Oral Probiotics” can begin strengthening the oral cavity while the GERD is being addressed. With our 7 strain blend it may regulate a more healthy environment and PH. This will become the way of the future and I highly recommend it.

Dr. Paul O’Malley

ORIGINAL ARTICLE

Probiotics may ease GERD and other digestive tract issues

Man having a stomach ache. GERD

Man having a stomach ache–GERD

Most people are not immune to the occasional bout of acid reflux or heartburn. However, when such unpleasant occurrences take place on a fairly regular basis, one might be suffering from a chronic digestive disease known as GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease.

GERD involves the flow of stomach acid or some of the contents of the stomach back up into the esophagus, which then causes irritation to the lining of the esophagus. Among the potential signs and symptoms of this condition include chest pain, difficulty swallowing, a burning throat, a sour taste in the mouth, a sore or hoarse throat, and acid reflux, or regurgitating food or sour liquid.

Traditionally, a person suffering from GERD might be placed on a regimen of over-the-counter medication or a stronger protocol of prescription pills. In worst case scenarios, surgery may be needed. However, more and more health experts are pointing toward probiotics for their potential to aid GERD and other digestive health issues.

The University of Maryland Medical Center lists probiotics as part of the nutrition and dietary supplement approach to treating or managing GERD, recommending a probiotic supplement that contains five to 10 billion colony forming units, or CFUs, per day.1 Probiotics can help ease digestive health issues like this because they can help boost the level of good bacteria in the digestive system, balancing out any bad bacteria.

In an article titled “Stress and the gut: pathophysiology, clinical consequences, diagnostic approach and treatment options,” which was published in the December 2011 issue of the Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology, the authors recommend probiotics as a possible remedy for a variety of digestive health issues, including GERD.

The article states: “Finally, probiotics may profoundly affect the brain-gut interactions and attenuate the development of stress-induced disorders in both the upper and lower gastrointestinal tract.”2

One of the main ways probiotics may act to help alleviate digestive health issues such as GERD is by helping to reduce the negative effects of stress on the body’s gastrointestinal system, like inflammation. Researchers at the University of Michigan found that giving probiotics to mice helped to reduce the inflammation. The findings from this study were published in June 2013 in Gastroenterology.3

References

1University of Maryland Medical Center. Gastroesophageal reflux disease. Umm.edu.http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/condition/gastroesophageal-reflux-disease. Updated September 2011. Accessed July 2014.

2Konturek, P.C., Brzozowski, T. & Konturek, S.J. (2011). Stress and the gut: pathophysiology, clinical consequences, diagnostic approach and treatment options. J Physiol Pharmacol, 65(6), 591-599.

3Sun, Y., et. Al. (2013). Stress-induced corticotropin-releasing hormone-mediated NLRP6 inflammasone inhibition and transmissible enteritis in mice. Gastroenterology, 144(7), 1478-1487.

 

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