This sounds like the spiritual song, “Dem Bones”. “The backbone’s connected to the shoulder bone, the shoulder bone’s connected to the neck bone, and the neck bone’s connected to the head bone. But in this case, it’s the mouth connected to the rest of the body. What goes through those lips and over those gums can have a significant effect on your total body health.
What You Put in Your Mouth
Anything you put in your mouth has the potential to create medical problems in the rest of your body. Luckily, our bodies are developed to combat most bad bacteria, organisms, and germs through our digestive processes. What may occur though, is residual foods and other substances become lodged deeply in the gums causing Periodontal Diseases. These can manifest themselves into greater problems in the mouth and the rest of your body.
Gingivitis and Periodontal Diseases
In its simplest form, Gingivitis is a precursor to Periodontal Disease. Gingivitis is caused by a build-up of plaque at the gum line that causes irritation. It’s most noticeable by bleeding of the gums when brushing the teeth.
Tarter Build Up
Left too long, plaque can harden and become a tarter build-up on the teeth. The result will be an inflammation of the gums that causes swelling. The swelling creates access points for food and other particles to become lodged below the gum line. These particles cannot be removed with normal brushing. Over a period of time, the gums become abscessed.
An abscess is a condition in the mouth known as full-blown periodontal disease. This is caused by a build-up of Spirochetes bacterium, which can be a killer.
The Spirochetes bacterium grows in the deep recesses of the gums and is linked to many chronic medical problems throughout the rest of your body. Some of these conditions are heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and some cancers. The bacterium is even tied to Syphilis and Lyme disease.
Some may wonder how just having an abscess could be such a “big deal.” It can put the overall health of your body at risk and even cause death.
Spirochetes, once in the bloodstream, can transform into Cell Wall Deficient forms (CWD) known as L-Form bacteria. These hide in the blood cells where they remain undetected, attacking and weakening the immune system and directly creating chronic inflammation.
The inflammation causes chronic pain which affects your overall body health. In a worse-case scenario, the bacteria can be a causal agent by weakening the immune system causing many other serious medical problems, even death.
These issues are very important to understand to help your overall body health, especially the connection between your mouth and the rest of your body.
The Body Connection
The connection between your body and mouth is through the blood stream. With an abscess, the gums bleed, causing germs and bacteria to enter the bloodstream through this connection point. Once in the bloodstream, the bacteria and germs are transported to all parts of the body and deposited wherever the blood stream decides to drop them off.
Infections We Understand
An infection we can all understand is a cut finger which becomes infected. A day or two later the infection, if left untreated, will migrate up the finger into the hand. The infection can be seen moving up the finger, so the connection is easily understood.
When we see what is happening to our body from the cut, we immediately go for treatment and take antibiotics to help battle the infection.
The same cannot be said about understanding the connection between the mouth and body.
Infections We Don’t Understand
You may have a swollen knee or an arthritic condition but no outward signs of any periodontal disease in your mouth. Even if there were signs of infection in the mouth, you might not make the connection. Many people don’t understand the mouth-body connection. There are many diseases of the body that can be traced back to specific infections in the mouth.
We Want to Help
Dr. William S. Neale of Wichita Falls, Texas has made a career commitment to study and understand the mouth and body connection. He uses 21st Century technology to help his patients understand his objective of practicing preventative dental medicine leading to an overall healthier body.
If you would like to learn how your mouth is affecting your body, please call Dr. William S. Neale’s office for an appointment at (940) 322-0758. You may find out some amazing facts on your way to a healthier body.
Do You Want a More In-Depth Look at the Mouth and Body Connection?
If you would like a more in depth look at the mouth and body connection, a good resource is an article by Joanne Barker, “Oral Health: The Mouth-Body Connection”, 2013, WebMed. (www.webmd.com/oral-health/features/oral-health-the-mouth-body-connection).
A Few More Resources
Seymour GJ, Ford PJ, Cullinan MP, Leishman S, West MJ, Yamazaki K. Infection or Inflammation: The Link between Periodontal and Cardiovascular Diseases. Future Cardiology 2009;5(1):5-9.
Chen Y-W, Umeda M, Nagasawa T, Takeuchi Y, Huang Y, Inoue Y, Iwai T, Izumi Y, Ishikawa I. Periodontitis may Increase the Risk of Peripheral Arterial Disease. Eur J Vasc Endovas Surg 2008;35:153-158.
Fardi A, Papadimitriou D. Periodontal and Atherosclerosis-induced Diseases. Int Angiol 2007;26(3):197-205