Hello and welcome to episode 98 of Elmar´s Tooth Talk: The missing link to total health.
In today’s episode, you discover what we can really call a pandemic. A disease that has spread around the globe. A disease which the WHO says 3.5 billion people suffer from.
What’s in it for you in this episode:
We talk about:
- WHAT is the real pandemic?
- HOW many people are affected worldwide?
- WHAT cost does it cause?
- WHAT other diseases can it affect or cause?
- WHY people suffer from it?
- HOW you can find out if you suffer from it?
- WHAT to do about it?
Over the last few years there was a lot of talk, hysteria and division about a pandemic which as we know did not qualify as a pandemic, to say the least.
A real pandemic according to Merriam Webster Dictionary is an outbreak of a disease that occurs over a wide geographic area, such as multiple countries or continents, and typically affects a significant proportion of the population
Only few people have realised that for three decades a real pandemic has spread over the planet.
The pandemic’s real name is Gum disease also called Periodontal disease or Periodontitis.
What gum disease is, I have already explained in Podcast episode 13.
Today we want to look at the impact this menace is causing.
So, here are some facts from recent research.
- Gum disease is the most common chronic inflammatory disease of humans.
- Its global incidence has doubled from 1990 to 2019 and it’s still gaining more and more momentum.
- 8 out of 10 people aged 35 and over suffer from some kind of gum complaint.
- Gum disease is significantly and independently associated with the major chronic inflammatory diseases of
- cardiovascular disease,
- type-2 diabetes,
- rheumatoid arthritis,
- chronic kidney disease,
- obesity and
- chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
- Gum disease is also correlated to:
- lung diseases,
- gastrointestinal problems
- Alzheimer’s disease and
- According to the WHO’s latest Oral Health report from 2022, 3.5 billion people worldwide suffer from gum disease. This is a whopping 43%
- Severe periodontal disease causes significantly elevated risk for coronary artery (heart) disease.
- People who invited type 2 diabetes in their life and on top suffer from a severe form of periodontal disease have a three times greater mortality risk compared with people with no or mild periodontitis.
- People suffering from sadness, helplessness and other symptoms of depression, are almost 20% more likely to also have severe gum disease
The estimated direct and indirect costs of periodontitis amount to the following figures.
In 2018 periodontal disease caused an estimated overall cost of $154.06 billion in the US and 158.64 billion Euro in Europe.
For Europe alone this is 100 times more than the official NATO budget of 1.56 billion Euro.
These figures are enormous and show that the economic burden of periodontal disease is pandemic.
In Germany 30 million people are affected by periodontitis. This is a stunning 35% out of a population of about 84 millions.
Interestingly, there are only 1.1 million treatments nationwide every year.
And I bet it is not much different in the UK or the US.
This situation can really be called a pandemic.
The following quote from a cardiologist says it all:
“Today’s coronary artery bypass patient is yesterday’s periodontitis patient”!
Here is a list of 15 simple questions to check how likely it is that you suffer from gum disease.
- Do your gums bleed when brushing, flossing, eating?
- Do you have swollen gums?
- Do you have pain in the gum?
- Do you have excess amounts of build up?
- Do you have wobbly teeth?
- Do you have bad breath?
- Are you addicted to smoking, vaping, drinking or sugar?
- Are you on any medication?
- Do you deal well with stress?
- Do brush your teeth at least twice a day?
- Do you brush your teeth for least three minutes?
- Do you floss every other day?
- Do you clean / scrape your tongue daily?
- Do you eat a good diet? I’m not touching this minefield today!
- Do you have a regular fitness routine?
- Do you breathe through your nose? Especially at night?
- Do you suffer from any chronic illnesses?
Ideally, you answered “NO” to the first nine questions and “YES” to the last eight.
A healthy diet is as important for your oral health as is a proper oral hygiene regime.
Don’t panic! If you haven’t.
Just to let your hygienist or dentist have a look.
In a healthy mouth and therefore healthy body, gum disease doesn’t stand a chance.
Listen to episode 13 for all the contributing factors.
Your dentist might tell you that you need to come for a hygienist treatment every six or even three months to stay on top of the problem.
What’s wrong with this?
Well, what is wrong with this is like anything in medicine and dentistry that focuses on the symptom. That is wrong.
Why do you think you need to go for a hygiene treatment every six months?
To fill the dentist’s pockets? To have an hour off work? To check your pain threshold?
Very likely not.
It is because neither you nor your dentist or hygienist have dealt with the underlying cause of your problem!!
In my books it is still NOT normal to develop gum disease despite the fact so many people suffer from it.
Our teeth should sit firmly and flexibly in the jawbone.
Only when Gum disease strikes, the fibres and jawbones around the teeth get attacked and worst case destroyed.
Therefore, finding out what causes the disease is the start to curing it.
Reasons can be that your oral hygiene habits need some improvement, or you are on a certain drug prescription that causes gum problems.
Smoking and vaping can be part of the problem. So can too much alcohol or sugar.
Your diet and lifestyle have a huge impact and might require some adjustment.
By the way we see more vegans and vegetarians suffering from gum disease than omnivores or carnivores!
Most of the time, gum disease is not a local problem. It is a local symptom of a systemic disease.
You and your dentist must know this.
Therefore, it might be worth considering a visit to a holistic dentist because they normally have a broader view on dental health challenges and their underlying root causes.
The solution is definitely not to use more of the well known and advertised mouthwashes. They will make the situation worse.
But you must clean your toothbrush after every use. You can do this with Hydrogen peroxide – This kills the bacteria. Also replace your toothbrush regularly.
The best toothbrush, The Blotting Brush, is momentarily not available but we are working hard to find another manufacturer.
If you have once experienced the fantastic effects the Blotting Brush has, you don’t want to use a different one.
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To summarize, there is an actual pandemic out there and the great news is, if you suffer from it, you can do something about it and heal yourself from it.
That’s it for today. Thanks for tuning in. Bye for now.