Can your bleeding gums lead to heart disease?

Written by

Deborah Freudenmann BHSc

Gingivitis is the most common and mild oral-dental disease. Gingivitis is characterised by inflammation and bleeding of the gums. This condition usually isn’t painful in its early stages and therefore often goes unnoticed until severe irritation or receding gums occur.

The oral cavity is an open ecosystem, with dynamic balance between the entrances of microorganisms, colonization and the host defenses aimed for their removal. The main cause of gingivitis is biofilm or as the more commonly referred to plaque, a soft, sticky film that forms on the teeth when starches and sugars react with bacteria which are naturally found in the mouth.

Plaque buildup occurs between the teeth and gums, in faulty fillings, poorly cleaned dentures, braces and so forth. If the plaque is not removed within a certain time frame it hardens into tartar, which cannot be removed by brushing or flossing the teeth.
If gingivitis is left untreated, which is often the case due to it going unnoticed it could lead to a more serious condition called periodontitis.

Periodontitis is when the inner gum and bone pull away from the teeth and form pockets. These pockets easily collect bacteria and debris and become infected or abscessed. Bacterial toxins eventually break down the underlying bone and the connective tissue, which holds the teeth in their positions – this results in teeth falling out.

A study “Prevalence of Periodontitis in Adults in the United States: 2009 and 2010” estimates that 47.2 percent, or 64.7 million American adults, have mild, moderate or even severe periodontitis.

Healthy smile dental Underood periodontitis teeth decay Calamvale: trulyheal

Some common signs and symptoms of gingivitis include:

  • Swollen, red or puffy gums
  • Pain in the mouth
  • Gums that bleed easily when your brush or floss
  • Inflamed gums
  • Bad breath
  • Receding gums
  • Tender gums
  • Loose tooth or teeth
  • Sores in the mouth
  • Pus between teeth and gums

What are some of the risk factors for gingivitis?

Medications – certain prescription and over the counter pharmaceutical drugs can create a favorable environment for plaque buildup.

Infections – viral and fungal infections can also adversely affect gum health, infections such as herpes virus, or candida albicans overgrowth.

Disease – These might not be directly associated with the mouth but can adversely affect gum health such as leukemia.

Hormonal changes – Hormonal fluctuations such as pregnancy or menopause can make women more susceptible to gingivitis due to the increased blood supply as well as salivation.

Poor nutrition – A highly inflammatory diet, high sugar intake, processed foods and lacking adequate nutrients such as calcium, vitamin C and B vitamins can increase the risk of developing periodontal disease.

Smoking – smoking diminishes oxygen and nutrient delivery to gum tissue and infers with the regulation of the immune system and inflammation.

Stress – Stress has been linked as a possible cause of gingivitis due to triggering an increase in behaviors including but not limited too smoking, poor oral hygiene, poor diet and so forth.

microscopic bacteria

Gingivitis and Heart Disease

There is a clear association between gum disease and heart disease. Researchers have established that individuals with periodontal disease are double as likely to have or develop heart disease. Additionally, individuals with high cholesterol and periodontal disease have an even greater risk of developing heart disease. This impacts a lot of people considering just how many people worldwide suffer from cardiovascular conditions as well as periodontal disease.

The link between the two is the role of bacteria from the gums, which has a cascade of inflammatory reactions. The bacteria found in infected gum tissue around the teeth are able to enter the blood stream during normal situations such as chewing or tooth brushing.

The bacteria travel in the blood stream and enter the circulatory system contributing to the formation of cardiovascular diseases. When our bodies have an infection we react with inflammation, swelling or a heat (fever). As oral bacteria travel through the body they trigger a somewhat similar response. Causing the formation of arterial plaque. Oral bacteria’s have been found in patients with atherosclerosis. These deposits can narrow arteries or break off and thus cause complete or partial blockages, ultimately leading to heart attack or stroke.

oral health and heart disease connection

Image from The Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry, 2016

Conventional Treatment Options

Treatment of gum disease begins with regular brushing and flossing of the teeth. However it is also important to regularly visit a dental hygienist for deep cleaning and monitoring.

There are many other different conventional treatments including mouth rinses, prescription oral rinses, specific toothpastes, antibiotic therapy, surgery and soft tissue grafts.

A 2017 research study was conducted on the efficacy of ozonated water and chlorhexidine mouth rinse against plaque and gingivitis. The study concluded that ozonated water was actually more effective in reducing gingivitis. Furthermore, ozone did not have any side effects contrary to chlorhexidine, which has some side effects.

Ozone a powerful dental application

Ozone has been used proactively used and researched for dentistry for multiple reasons.

Dental treatment modalities of ozone therapy

(Pattanaik et al., 2011)

  • Biofilm purging (Elimination of bacterial pathogens)
  • Periodontal pocket disinfection and osseous disinfection
  • Prevention of dental caries
    Endodontic treatment
  • Tooth extraction
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Tempromandibular joint treatment
  • Gum recession (exposed root surfaces)
  • Pain control Infection control
  • Accelerated healing
  • Tissue regeneration
  • Controlling halitosis (Bad breath)
  • Remineralization of tooth surface
  • Teeth whitening (Bleaching)
bacteria eating the teeth

Ozone treatment has been studied for the removal of oral pathogens. It has been demonstrated that ozone water effectively removes bacteria found on teeth such as Actinomyces naeslundii, Streptococcus mutans and Lactobacillus casei. Additionally ozone water reduces a vast variety of other bacteria and fungi’s present in the mouth.

Ozone water application has various beneficial effects on the oral tissues including remission of various mucosal alterations.

Ozone enhances wound healing and increases the turnover rate of oral cells. It was found that ozonated water applied daily accelerates the healing rate of oral mucosa.

Again the effectiveness of ozone has been proved for the elimination of carious lesions. Deep pockets and fissures in the gums are hard to get too let alone clean properly and hence are highly likely to trap food resulting in bacterial growth. Ozone application in such cases has been found to be highly effective.

Another benefit of ozone is reducing the sensitivity of hypersensitive teeth. Tooth structure loss occurring due to multiple factors such as abrasion, erosion and so forth can cause loss of enamel and dentin thereby causing hypersensitivity. Ozone water and ozone oil application has been found to effectively reduce sensitivity of not only exposed enamel and dentin but also in cases of root sensitivities.

Thus ozone water and ozone oil is highly effective in inhibiting growth in biofilms. Ozone therapy is easy, cost effective, minimally invasive application to dental treatment that truly works.

References

Srikanth, A., Sathish, M., & Sri Harsha, A. (2013). Application of ozone in the treatment of periodontal disease. Journal of Pharmacy and Bioallied Sciences, 5(5), 89. https://doi.org/10.4103/0975-7406.113304

Pattanaik, B., Pattanaik, S., Naitam, D., Jetwa, D., Manglekar, S., & Dani, A. (2011). Ozone therapy in dentistry: A literature review. Journal of Interdisciplinary Dentistry, 1(2), 87. https://doi.org/10.4103/2229-5194.85024

Shoukheba, M. Y. M., & Ali, S. A. (2014). The effects of subgingival application of ozonated olive oil gel in patient with localized aggressive periodontitis. A clinical and bacteriological study. Tanta Dental Journal, 11(1), 63–73. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tdj.2014.04.001

Tiwari, S., Avinash, A., Katiyar, S., Aarthi Iyer, A., & Jain, S. (2017). Dental applications of ozone therapy: A review of literature. Saudi Journal for Dental Research, 8(1–2), 105–111. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sjdr.2016.06.005

Jerome Sarris, J. W. (2014). Clinical Naturopathy (2 edition).

Eke, P. I., Dye, B. A., Wei, L., Thornton-Evans, G. O., & Genco, R. J. (2012). Prevalence of periodontitis in adults in the united states: 2009 and 2010. Journal of Dental Research, 91(10), 914–920. https://doi.org/10.1177/0022034512457373

Parkar, S. M., Shah, K., Darjee, N., & Sharma, A. (2017). Efficacy of ozonated water and chlorhexidine mouth rinse against plaque and gingivitis : A randomized clinical trial, 81–85. https://doi.org/10.4103/2468-6859.204702

Sadatullah, S. (2012). Ozonated water an adjunct to tooth brushing and flossing. Myth or reality?, 1847–1852.

Herring, M. F. S. (2016). Illustrated Anatomy of the Head and Neck 5th Edition.

Life Extension. (2013). Disease Prevention and Treatment.

Mathews, M. J., Mathews, E. H., & Mathews, G. E. (2016). Oral health and coronary heart disease. BMC Oral Health, 16(1), 1–10. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12903-016-0316-7

Mozaffarian, D., Benjamin, E. J., Go, A. S., Arnett, D. K., Blaha, M. J., Cushman, M., … Turner, M. B. (2016). Heart disease and stroke statistics-2016 update a report from the American Heart Association. Circulation (Vol. 133). https://doi.org/10.1161/CIR.0000000000000350

Nogales, C. G., Ferrari, P. H., Kantorovich, E. O., & Lage-Marques, J. (2008). Ozone therapy in medicine and dentistry. Journal of Contemporary Dental Practice, 9(4), 1–9.

Grossman, S. C. (2013). Porth’s Pathophysiology: Concepts of Altered Health States.

Huth, K. C., Quirling, M., Lenzke, S., Paschos, E., Kamereck, K., Brand, K., … Ilie, N. (2011). Effectiveness of ozone against periodontal pathogenic microorganisms. European Journal of Oral Sciences, 119(3), 204–210. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1600-0722.2011.00825.x

Gupta, G., & Mansi, B. (2012). Ozone therapy in periodontics. Journal of Medicine and Life, 5(1), 59–67. Retrieved from http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?artid=3307081&tool=pmcentrez&rendertype=abstract

Seidler, V., Linetskiy, I., Hubálková, H., Stanková, H., Smucler, R., & Mazánek, J. (2008). Ozone and its usage in general medicine and dentistry. A review article. Prague Medical Report, 109(1), 5–13.

Bocci, V. V. (1999). Biological and clinical effects of ozone. Has ozone therapy a future in medicine? British Journal of Biomedical Science, 56(4), 270–279. Retrieved from http://mosao2.org/Article – Bocchi

  • Become A TRULY HEAL Functional Medicine Health Coach

    Start an exciting career as a functional medicine health coach and help your clients live a healthier and more fulfilled life.

  • The FREE Functional Medicine Training will give you insights into the workings of a TRULYHEAL Health Coach. You will learn that treating the patient and not the disease makes the real difference.

  • Learn how to save thousands of $$ for treatments you can easily do at home. 

  • Watch “TRULY HEAL from CANCER” now completely Free! You have also access to the original version “CANCER is curable NOW”

  • Learn more about PEMF Therapy at the PEMF Expert academy

  • At the O3 academy we will show you how to set up a little home clinic to treat many different maladies like open wounds, infections, cancer or even leaky gut. 

  • At the HYPERTHERMIA academy you can learn how every German clinic uses fever therapy once a week to boost the immune system, increase white blood cell count and detoxifies the body like little else. 

  • Providing You Truly Unique & Effective Vitamin Supplements

  • Leave your comments for! "Can Your Bleeding Gums Lead To Heart Disease?"

    2 Responses

    1. It is so refreshing to know that you are so passionate about Natural Medicine. I have been looking/watching Marcus's videos for years now, so informative.

      1. Thanks Duane. It is our pleasure. Now we can finally see all the content we have produced over the last few years. Hard to believe that we could fill 4 complete websites with the content from the old trulyheal. And it's so easy to navigate now. Enjoy.

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    Related Articles

    Education

    The Gut-Body Connection

    When you think of the “gut” what comes to mind? Most people think of the stomach and other digestive organs. They may think of issues like nausea, constipation, or bloating. Some may even think of “gut instinct” or a “gut reaction.”
    In reality, the gut is so much more than just where you digest your food. The gut is home to your microbiome (the vast ecosystem of microbiotas that help you digest, defend, and protect) and your enteric nervous system (an interconnected neural web that connects your gut to the central nervous system).
    Let’s learn more about the humble gut and see how it interacts with a few key body systems.

    Read More »
    Education

    4 Holistic Treatments We Recommend to Overcome Illness

    Truly Heal has always had a mission to help others make real change and transformation in their lives. We know how debilitating chronic disease can be, which is why we have spent years traveling the world, searching and testing the world's best therapies, medical systems, and holistic treatments that get to the root of illness.
    Thankfully, our travels have led us to discover some amazing therapies that offer real results. We studied with doctors, visited clinics, and learned from specialists about the vast variety of therapies.

    Read More »
    Education

    A Functional Look At Parasitic Infections

    Parasitic infections are very common across all countries in the world. Amoebiasis, hookworm infection, ascariasis, and trichuriasis are among the most common parasitic infections affecting humans. Though the risk of mortality due to these infections is relatively low, complications are not uncommon. Malabsorption, impaired work productivity, bloating and gut dysfunction, blood loss, and reduced growth rate are just a few of the health concerns linked to parasitic infections….

    Read More »
    Education

    Healthy Hydration: The Importance of Water

    With over 60% of our body made up of water, staying hydrated with clean, fresh H20 is a high priority! Still, many people don’t drink the recommended amount of water (or have a healthy source of water) each day. Unfortunately, many water sources contain hidden toxins that can be detrimental to our health. Here we’ll dive deeper into the importance of water, key factors to consider, and how we can make smarter choices when it comes to staying healthy and hydrated.

    Read More »
    Education

    Red And Near-Infrared Light – A Must Have Therapy

    Do you suffer from hair loss? Accelerated ageing? Weight loss issues? Neurological diseases? Depression and/or anxiety? Autoimmune diseases? Delayed healing? Reduced joint function or pain? Lack of energy? Thyroid issues? Poor sleep? Among others?
    Chances are you have one or more of the conditions listed in this article. In fact, I can almost guarantee it.
    This article is about a powerful therapy that beneficially impacts all of the above, known as red and near infrared light therapy….

    Read More »
    Education

    Sunshine, Sunscreen, and Skin Health: What You Need to Know

    Sadly, sunscreen may not be the healthy solution to sun exposure we thought it was. While it can protect you from damaging rays, many sunscreen brands contain toxins that pose plenty of other health risks, often outweighing the benefits.

    In this article, we’ll review the basics of skin health and sunshine to expose some of the unhealthy toxins that you might find in your sunscreen – and their damaging effects. Then, we’ll learn about some healthy alternatives so you can enjoy your time in the sun while keeping your skin safe!

    Read More »

    UNLOCK ALL HIDDEN content

    Trulyheal Course DVD

    Create your FREE account now to access all locked content and receive our weekly newsletter

    You will get instant access to the documentary “TRULY HEAL from CANCER” and our Functional Medicine Training Videos

    You can unsubscribe at any time.

    By signing up to the TRULY HEAL academy you confirm to have read and accepted the disclaimer

    Already have an Account?

    Sign in with Social Media

    Register your FREE account

    • Type your password.

    contact us

    Contact us with your preferred method. Calls are redirected to Qld Australia.  
    If we are not answering leave a message so we can call you back.

    TRULY HEAL Pty. Ltd.

    Sunshine Coast Noosaville Qld 4566 Australia

    INTERNET:  www.trulyheal.com       
    EMAIL:   contact@trulyheal.com 
       
    TOOL FREE CALL

    Australia   1 800 719 673
    USA & Canada    1 800 810 4796
     
    Calls are redirected to Australia. Please leave a message so we can call you back.   

    SKYPE:  deborah-freudenmann
    WHATSAPP    +61 499651419
     

    ABN:   32 621 367 557
    ACN:   621 367 557