In my last blog I presented a testimonial from a client who discussed how most dentists are no better than your regular doctor at understanding the concept of the health-disease continuum. This means they don't understand that even mild symptoms of poor oral hygiene, like gums that bleed when you floss, is an indication of periodontal disease that could be impacting your health NOW, and needs to be rectified.
Here is why even the slightest indication of periodontal disease must not be taken lightly. Consider this simple experiment.
Rub the back of your hand with a pencil eraser by applying strong pressure. If you continue to rub, your skin will become reddened and eventually will be bloody and painful. This is severe oral disease that may lead to pain, bone loss and tooth loss. As discussed previously, it may also lead to whole-body problems like heart disease, premature births, joint pain, and even Alzheimer's.
Now do the exact same thing with light pressure. The outcomes will be the same except it will take longer. However, my team has observed that the health consequences are the same. Why? Because the oral pathogens are able to travel outside of the mouth to other parts of your body and begin to multiply, causing disease. These organisms are opportunistic and they settle in places hospitable to their growth. The difference between, say, a heavy metal toxin and a bacterial toxin from the oral cavity, is that the bacteria can rapidly grow and multiply.
So many times, people I work with say "a just have a little occasional gum bleeding," or, I just have GERD or constipation occasionally. If you do, you are trending up the WRONG direction of the health-disease continuum.
If your gums bleed even just slightly or occasionally, you are actually experiencing vascular hemorrhages. Translation: your blood vessels have been weakened enough that even