Think about the mouth. That amazing orifice through which we enjoy so many things: conversation, kissing, eating delicious food, drinking, laughing, smiling. The desire to put things in our mouths starts early for us humans. Infants put things in their mouths the moment they are able to start exploring their new environment. The mouth is highly sensitive, and it’s very dirty.
According to Harvard researchers humans have as many as 615 and counting types of bacteria in our mouths. That’s even more than the 600 dogs have. And, it’s really no wonder with all the things we put in our mouths which is the perfect warm, wet breeding place for germs and bacteria. It is becoming more and more clear that some of the bacteria found in the human mouth can indicate one’s tendency toward heart disease, stroke and even diabetes.
Bad, Bad Bacteria
Because of all the bacteria in the mouth, human bites are considered among the most dangerous and potentially deadly. The diseases that can be transmitted through a human bite include hepatitis B, hepatitis C, herpes simplex virus (HSV), syphilis, tuberculosis, actinomycosis, and tetanus.
Fortunately, most humans don’t run around baring their teeth at other humans and threaten to bite when they get angry. I said “most.” There was that case of the Uruguayan soccer player a few years back who bit an Italian rival in a game! And, many children do seem to have a natural tendency to want to bite before they are taught to deal with their emotions differently.
It’s a fact that most human bites are inflicted by children and drunk people. So the trick to avoid getting a human bite is to avoid getting into arguments and making drunk people or children angry! Other than that the danger of receiving a human bite is rare. You could take a tumble though and accidently end up having your teeth make contact with some body part and breaking the skin. That is definitely considered a human bite and should not be taken lightly.
Periodontal Disease Can Be A Predictor Of Heart Disease Risk
These days, I’m pretty obsessed with testing the bacteria in my patients’ mouths. As a dentist, I used to be obsessed only with giving my patients the ability to smile comfortably and chew their food well with the help of implants. I still love doing that, but things changed after I had two “silent” heart attacks upon which I received a comprehensive report after a series of tests indicating that I should get “checked out by my dentist to make sure I did not have periodontal disease.” I thought that was kind of ironic for a dentist.
Based on that impressive medical report, I decided to dig deeper into the link between periodontal disease and heart disease. In 2017, a friend introduced me to the work of Drs. Bale and Doneen. I was blown away, read their book, How To Beat The Heart Attack Gene, and was instantly hooked and began my new journey.
Playing An Active Role In The Heart Health Of My Patients
The more I learned about the BaleDoneen Method (https://baledoneen.com/discover/amy-doneen/) and the topic in general, the more I became aware that the second leading cause of cardiovascular events and stroke is periodontal disease. Their testing method helped me identify the top really bad bacteria in the bodies of my patients. What these tests also gave me was the ability to determine how a given individual’s body was able to handle inflammation, and the threshold levels at which the patient’s body can tolerate the offending genetic markers.
I’m excited to be able to help my patients with their overall health in addition to giving them the ability to smile and chew and use the mouth as it is meant to be used. I’ll be revealing more information about these exciting tests in future articles. Keep smiling.