How Gum Disease Affects Your Heart and Entire Well-Being!
Gum disease, something that a large percentage of Americans suffer from, is far more dangerous than people often think
Porphyromonas gingivalis, the bacteria that cause gum disease also causes heart disease and inflammatory Alzheimer's. 1,2
P. gingivalis has been referred to as a "guerilla" agent, able to invade a person's cells and prevent immune responses. 3 Luckily there are good ways to prevent P. gingivalis from wreaking havoc in people's mouths and bodies.
To make sure your body is healthy, you need to have a healthy microbiome (4) —the ecosystem of bacteria in your body. Recently a lot has been said about gut health and probiotics, but the idea of supporting this microbiome affects more than what people may anticipate. The microbiome extends to outside the gut and includes the mouth, which means people need to be concerned about supporting the microbiome throughout the body, helping to have a balance of bacteria everywhere. This can lead to hampering P. gingivalis from causing problems.
Unfortunately, the western diet does not help to ensure a healthy microbiome. It is full of sugar and carbs, which only feed the bad bacteria and encourages their growth. A "healthy non-western microbiome" will prompt a stronger response to bad bacteria with fewer autoimmune consequences. But with how our diet is now, we have created an epidemic of autoimmune disease, while impairing our immune systems. 5,6
Many people have started using probiotics to help develop a healthy microbiome. However, doing this without other changes will yield little result. People need to adjust their entire diets to make sure they have prebiotics (food for the probiotics) and fibers, while also exercising regularly, which strongly influences the microbiome.