Gum Disease, Rheumatoid/Osteo-arthritis, Fibromyalgia & Autoimmune Disorders…PART 2 of 2 – Your Health Detective

Anti-Inflammatory Drugs – Short-Term Relief, Long-Term Side Effects

Many individuals with inflammatory disorders (rheumatoid- and osteo-arthritis, fibromyalgia, etc.) consume high doses of aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). These drugs can increase bleeding and possibly hemorrhage after dental procedures – not including the damage to the intestinal tract that may lead to leaky gut syndrome. In addition, many people may also be taking D-penicillamine, steroids or other drugs that are known to weaken the overall immune system…Click to continue reading…

Connecting Joint Inflammation and Gum Disease

A study found that people who had inflammatory disorders like rheumatoid arthritis were more than twice as likely to also have periodontal disease with moderate to severe jawbone lass. Additionally, an Australian study published in the Journal of Periodontology found those with inflammatory disorders also had the deeper pockets around the teeth – making them more susceptible to infection from bacteria that get trapped deep within the tissue and eventually involve the bone.

Notice tooth on upper right shows a healthy tissue when measured by the dental probe. There is no pocket for bacteria to hide and eventually spread infection further into tissues, bone and lymph. 

Research confirms that periodontal disease and autoimmune disorders have very similar pathologies; damage caused to the immune system and chronic inflammation.

In osteo-arthritis, there is focused, progressive loss of cartilage – the slippery material that cushions the ends of bones, along with changes in the bone below the cartilage leading to bony overgrowth. The tissue lining of the joint can become inflamed, the ligaments looser, and the associated muscles become weak – resulting in pain when the joint is used.

Science Confirms Changes in Blood Chemistry  

 “We’ve known for a while that there is an association between gum disease and rheumatoid arthritis. 

However, our new work suggests periodontal disease is causal,” according to the study director, Jerry A. Molitor, MD, PhD, associate professor in the divison of rheumatology and autoimmune disease at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

The graphic to the left shows inflammation as chemicals from the body’s white blood cells are released to protect us from foreign substances. Sometimes, however, the white blood cells and their inflammatory chemicals cause damage to the body’s tissues.

Compared to people with mild or no periodontitis surrounding two or three teeth, people with moderate to severe gum disease are nearly three times more likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis (RA), the study shows. Among those who have never smoked but have moderate to severe gum disease, the risk is increased nine fold.

People with periodontitis also have higher blood levels of an antibody that has been associated with more severe, damaging RA than do people with healthy gums, Molitor stated.

The findings were presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Rheumatology.

As reported in Medical News Today,  investigators at the Hospital for Special Surgery, collaborating with researchers from other institutions, have contributed to the discovery that a gene called interferon regulator factor-8 (IRF-8) is involved in the development of diseases such as periodontitis (gum disease), rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis. The study, published online ahead of print, in the journal Nature Medicine, could lead to new treatments in the future.

The Way I See It…

1.    First of all, identify if you have a gum disease or oral health challenge so appropriate measures can be taken to reverse the condition, or at least slow its progression before it deteriorates the bone. If you’ve had extractions, you’ll need to rule-out that you have a cavitation so that if you do it can be cleaned out, allowing it to properly heal. Make sure you consult with a biologically-trained dentist and one who will test for cavitations with a Cavitat machine.

2.   The inflammation MUST be controlled before the body can effectively begin the repair processes. In this instance, I recommend you begin with a natural, non-drug anti-inflammatory supplement that is proven effective and does NOT cause G.I. distress. One that has been effective for my clients for an overall inflammatory condition, especially having oral health involvement for short and long-term management, is Kaprex. It is sold only through health professionals and easy to take at 2 capsules two to three times daily WITH meals for the initial stages then 1 capsule twice a day for maintenance, WITH meals.

3.   Rinse the mouth each morning and evening (after brushing/flossing) with warm natural sea salt. This assists the body in killing any bacteria that is left as well as any caught in the gum tissues. 

4. For any individal spots on gum tissue that are especially inflammed, I use a tincture of propolis. This is a very strong tincture so be sure to dip cotton tip into solution and gently rub on the affected area, do not swallow. I’ve had severly inflammed gum tissue after getting food caught in a deep pocket. By using the tincture, it brought the infection to a head and tightened the tissue around the tooth…use it morning and evening before bed but remember not to swallow. It is available in most health food stores.

5. A homeopathic silver solution acts as a natural bacteria fighter and is a must for oral infections. Simply place 1-2 teaspoons in your mouth after brushing in the evening before going to bed, swish for about 2 minutes and swallow. The evening is best because you won’t be eating or drinking during the night (hopefully) and the solution has time to kill bacteria and accelerate healing. I use this as my natural antibiotic.

Your Health Detective:

Uncovering Clues to Add LIFE to Your Years…NOT Merely Years to Your Life, Naturally

Dr. Gloria Gilbère (aka Dr. G), N.D., D.A.Hom., Ph.D.,  D.S.C.,

EcoErgonomist, Wholistic Rejuvenist

Dr. Gilbère is renowned worldwide for her work in identifying and finding natural solutions to chemically-induced and inflammatory disorders, multiple chemical sensitivities, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, Gulf War Syndrome, and digestive disorders that defy conventional diagnosis and treatment. She consults worldwide via telephone and at her Institute in north Idaho. Visit her website at www.gloriagilbere.com for details about consulting with her.

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