Do you know anybody who has bleeding gums or bad breath problems? You probably do, considering that half of the adult population suffers from diseases commonly called ''gingivitis'' and ''periodontitis''. A recent study conducted by a Canadian dentist, Dr Mark Bonner, which was published in the French journal ''Actualité Odonto Stomatologique'' and also presented at the Amibiasis XXVII conference 2013 in Mexico confirms the presence of oral parasites in more than 600 hundred patients suffering gum disease and that smile and solid teeth can be brought back.
These parasites known as Entamoeba gingivalis and Trichomonas tenax, are two small unicellular animals that wander around under your gums and take full advantage of the infection to reproduce themselves and feed on your red and white blood cells. Now that we know that there is a high correlation between gum disease and cardiovascular disease, some pulmonary infections, diabetes, CVA and premature low-birth-weight babies, it has become crucial to eliminate this disease that affects our planet. The main question is: ''do you suffer from it?'' If so, your gum line may be red, puffy and bleed easily after brushing your teeth, leaving an unpleasant odor and a bad taste in your mouth. Sometimes pus may drain from between the teeth. The bone holding the teeth in the jaw is destroyed, and eventually your gums recede, your teeth loosen and fall out.
The new method used to cure this disease mainly consists of using a microscope to diagnose and visualize the micro-organisms’ flora which hide beneath the gum. In a healthy gum, immobile bacteria in the normal flora can be observed. When gingivitis is present, either from lack of brushing or because of predisposing dental factors, unfavorable bacteria take advantage of the oral environment and proliferate. The response of your organism is immediate and your immune system readily sends the appropriate defense cells. This surface disease is considered as reversible, providing of course that the number of bacteria is reduced and that the patient returns to favorable dental conditions. However, should this disease persist, a more aggressive flora consisting of pathogenic bacteria and parasites may take their place. Once installed under the gum, the warm, moist, and oxygen-free conditions make an ideal environment for this aggressive flora to grow to a point where it destroys the bone holding the teeth.
Abscesses may develop and dental x-rays will clearly show deterioration of the support tissues of the teeth. The conditions may then be qualified as chronic and slowly progress throughout your entire life. However if the conditions are more aggressive, it can cause rapid teeth loss within only a few years in nearly 10 % of cases, not to mention the discomfort caused to you and to the people around you.
The new method proposed by Doctor Bonner allows natural healing by re-establishing a healthy bacterial flora, as opposed to conventional methods which often only delay or stabilize the progression of the disease. The results are interesting, if not exceptional: focused on the elimination of oral parasites, the treatment of the infection is followed by stoppage of the bleeding, elimination of bad breath and the closing of the periodontal crevasse in 96% of cases. The therapy, which is mainly pharmacological, is based on medical treatments similar those used for intestinal or genital parasites. In fact, two similar diseases are amebic dysentery which causes intestinal diarrhea, and liver abscesses and vaginal thichomoniasis which cause urogenital infections. These small unicellular animals are usually transmitted by intimate partners and cause eroded mucosa and unpleasant odors. The treatment: antibiotics, change the patient's habits and treat his or her family.
The treatment method for oral infection: first of all, a diagnosis of the parasitic infection with the aid of a microscope by taking a painless sample of the pathogenic flora from the diseased gingival crevasse in the patient's mouth. Parasitic infestation is present in almost 100% of active periodontitis cases, which makes things fairly easy. Secondly, infection must be reduced by brushing the teeth with hydrogen peroxide 1% and sodium bicarbonate powder application (baking soda and salt). Then oral disinfectants based on antibiotics or specific antibiotics for the parasites concerned should be applied to the gum surface or possibly taken orally. Finally, and what is typical to the parasitic component of the disease, it is recommended that reinfection be prevented by avoiding direct or indirect contact with family members who are infected, contaminated food or water, and even household pets such as dogs and cats which can also infect you.
The conventional methods applied by the majority of periodontics dentists and specialists are mostly mechanical or surgical and are limited to eliminating accumulations of calculus (tartar) around the teeth. Extractive surgery may give the bone around the teeth a more harmonious line, promoting good mouth hygiene. On the other hand, the pathogenic flora remains in place and continues to form micros-abscesses at the bottom of the periodontal crevasse. According to Doctor Bonner, the characteristics of this disease are related to the blood-feeding nature of the parasites and to their pyogenic properties. In fact, these small unicellular animals are not only commensals, but take full advantage of the gingivitis already in place to feed on the white blood cells that are trying to defend us and on the hemoglobin contained in the red blood cells. These parasites thus stick to the immune defense cells and easily bypass their action owing to the phagocytosis process. We can observe an avoidance phenomenon of our defense mechanism with the formation of massive parasite colonies that infest our gums and cause micro-ulcers in the crevasse around the teeth. Treatment focusing on the scrupulous elimination of oral parasites rather than on the surgical approach seems relatively easy and yields exceptional results, judging from the comments of the patients treated. Doctorr Bonner is giving conference tours for dentists in Quebec, France, USA and Mexico as part of the communication efforts on care of this worldwide disease. He also just released the English version of his book entitled "To Kiss or Not to Kiss, a Cure for Gum Disease" and an Spanish version "Tantas bocas por curar… de los parasitos que las vampirizan. Vencer la periodontitis" at Amyris Editions www.editionsamyris.com in March 2013. Today, more dentists use this preventive or curative screening technique aided by a phase-contrast microscope and a camera which allows the dentist to visualize the patients’ flora and monitor progress.
Don’t despair if your dentist tells you that you have periodontitis, and that as a consequence, bad breath problems and teeth loss are sure to follow, or that you might even have to undergo gum surgery. You shouldn't wait, however, until it's too late and your teeth become loose. Note that this disease can now be cured when diagnosed early by eliminating target bacteria and parasites and by having your close family treated. For further information and videos on the devastating habits of these parasites and the chances of recovery, visit the site www.parodontite.com.