What the Tooth Fairy Didn't Tell You (Continued)

Understand this: infections in your mouth cause inflammation in your body. How so?

If your gums bleed, you have at least a low-grade infection in your mouth. And such an infection in your mouth causes your liver to secrete three things.

Number one, it causes your liver to secrete more cholesterol. The liver is the main source of cholesterol in the body in the first place, and a mouth infection boosts its normal secretion.
Number two, it increases your glucose level, which only makes sense. The body takes inflammation to equal infection. And since the body must fight infection, it produces more glucose for cells to have the strength to make this fight.

Number three, is called C-reactive protein, which we're only beginning to understand. C-reactive protein is an inflammatory marker. Meaning, as inflammation increases, the amount of C-reactive protein increases as well.

A normal measurement for C-reactive protein in health is between 1 and 3. Three is a bit high; less than one is very good. We find that in those with chronic gum disease, the amount of C-reactive protein is directly linked to the severity of the disease.

That is a very bad thing because we know that the higher the C-reactive protein, the more likely you are to have a whole set of problems you want no part of; like heart attack, stroke and diabetes, which is particularly problematic for those with gum disease, because gum disease and diabetes both amplify each other. Diabetes makes the gum disease worse and the gum disease makes the diabetes worse. (Yes, I know I have repeated myself, but it bears repeating.)

The inflammatory response to a gum infection can also affect a pregnant female, increasing the likelihood of premature births and low birth weight babies. Some medical insurance companies have recognized this, too. They provide some dental care for pregnant mothers under the medical insurance because they know it decreases the money they spend to care for these new babies.

Likewise, gum disease increases the risk of developing a number of cancers, including deadly pancreatic cancer; by as much as 59% over someone who does not have significant gum problems.

The bacteria in the mouth can re-seed gastric ulcers by transferring H. Pylori from the oral tissue to the gut. This can start the ulcer all over again.

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Last Modified Date: April 22, 2014

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