Beyond the Mouth
The mouth is an intricate part of our anatomy! It allows us to talk, smile, eat and drink, and even to be romantic. Aside from performing these essential functions, the mouth may also be hiding some dark secrets behind the “curtain of the lips.”
When we smile, parts of our upper front teeth are visible. When we talk, parts of our lower front teeth are more obvious. Our back teeth aren’t noticeable unless we open wide and, then, only a portion of those teeth are apparent. Even still, the “curtain of the lips” obstructs the view of gum disease, infection, and cavities. It is amazing what can happen right under our nose without us knowing.
Most dental infections bear no symptoms such as pain, swelling, bleeding or bad tastes. Yet, all infections produce pus. What is pus? It’s that yucky whitish substance that comes from infections. It’s made up of BAD bacteria, dead white blood cells, dead tissue debris, inflammatory proteins and some other toxins. And every infection, whether it’s in your hand, foot or mouth, produces pus.
Where does the pus go? It either drains out of your body and you can see it, or it is absorbed into your body and you can’t see it. It makes its way to your blood vessels, then eventually to your heart, over to your lungs, back to your heart and on to the rest of the body. This is a BIG DEAL!
If the factory up the river was polluting the river, and you got your drinking water from the river, would you want to clean up the factory, even if you “felt” okay drinking the water? ABSOLUTELY! The toxins in the water can make you sick or even kill you.
The same is true of our body. We don’t have a “river” running through us, but we do have a “stream” called the Blood Stream. Whatever happens in one area of the body is spread throughout the body via the bloodstream. The bacteria go everywhere you have a blood supply: heart, brain, pancreas, liver, joints, kidneys and even into developing babies. The bacteria even cross the “placenta barrier” and the “blood-brain barrier” bringing bad bacteria into developing babies or into your brain.
When an infection, no matter where it is, produces pus, the pus is spread throughout the body. If you have an infection on your hand, foot or skin somewhere, it is usually visible. There may be swelling, redness and tenderness. Occasionally you may see pus oozing from the wound. Yuk! What you don’t see is the pus that is absorbed into your body. The bad bacteria that infected your hand or foot are now being spread everywhere in your body.
The mouth has some additional challenges.
- You usually don’t see the infection. (It’s behind the curtain of the lips.)
- There is usually no pain or swelling. (High Blood pressure, diabetes, glaucoma and cancer also generally have no pain.)
- Infections can last for decades. (Years of bacterial pollution takes its toll on the body.)
- Physicians do not examine the mouth for infections. (Many physicians assume if there is no pain there is no infection. WRONG! No pain does not equal No Infection.
What can dental bacteria do to your body? Researchers have confirmed that dental bacteria have a huge effect on our bodies with:
- Heart Attacks
- High Blood Pressure
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Pregnancy complications
- Pre-term births
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- And more being discovered every year!
Check out the research that confirms everything we are telling you. When it comes to the health of our country, the impact of dental infections hasn’t yet been given the attention it deserves. We spend billions of dollars treating end stage disease and very little in preventing the disease in the first place. The medical profession as a whole has not yet recognized the significance of oral infections as it relates to heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, pregnancy issues, etc.
Beyond the mouth is where dental bacteria travel. Beyond the mouth is where symptoms of dental infections may show up with high blood pressure, arthritis flair-ups or difficult to control diabetes. High blood pressure, heart issues and many other health issues may be caused by undiagnosed dental disease. Look at the studies and research. The links of dental disease to your overall health are firmly established. It’s real!
When reviewing your own health, go to your bathroom and look in the mirror. The cause of many illnesses may be right under your nose!