FLUORIDE IN TOOTHPASTE,
MOUTHWASH, AND DRINKING
"Fluoride, Gingivitis & Oral
Cancer"© 2002 PFPC
Gingivitis and periodontal disease are the oral
diseases requiring most urgent intervention. Over 90% of the U.S. population over 13 is affected.
Strong links have been made to heart disease and low birth weight
and infant mortality. For heart disease the association with
gingivitis is stronger than the one for smoking or high cholesterol.
As heart disease is the #1 killer in the US, many efforts are
undertaken to reduce this alarming figure. In Canada large pictures
of a diseased heart are placed on cigarette packs alerting to the
fact that smoking causes heart disease.
It is of great importance that warning labels and
pictures of periodontal disease, oral cancer, diseased hearts,
pituitary and thyroid glands, as well as Alzheimers
brains - just to name a few - are placed on all oral care products
A patent by the pharmaceutical company Sepracor discloses that concentrations of fluorides from
fluoridated toothpastes and mouthwashes activate G proteins in the
oral cavity, thereby promoting gingivitis and periodontitis, as well
as oral cancer. Incomprehensibly, this vital information is being
withheld from the public by all parties involved, including the
company, at least two well-known Universities, and numerous oral
disease experts. This includes a much-decorated ADA scientist who
was involved in setting the CDC recommendations for fluoride intake
in children, served as head of a Food and Drug Administration
subcommittee that decides which dental products to make available to
the public, and who chaired the panel on safe use of fluoride for
the Centers for Disease Control (CDC, 2001).
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of All Evil - Bad Diseases Can Start in Your Mouth
Special to ABCNEWS.com
and other sensible men always examine a horses mouth
before buying the animal. One good look can sum up the
horses health history and predict how long the old boy will
live. A human mouth isnt much
different exhibit A: John Elway
"This horse test is based on
the old focal-infection theory, which says that an oral infection affects the
whole body," says Dr. Raul G. Caffesse of the
University of Texas, Houston Health Science Center. That used to be
the excuse for lots of tooth pulling until dentists abandoned the
theory 40 years ago.
But the focal-infection theory
is making a big comeback minus
the fun of the extractions. And now its supported
by more than frontier hunches. In fact, theres growing clinical evidence that small infections in
your kisser may be a contributing factor to several diseases.
Although the theories are still
controversial, dentists and other physicians think that the
following five afflictions may have their roots in your mouth. And
that makes five excellent reasons to buy some floss
Dr. Robert J. Genco of the University of Buffalo
studied 1,372 people at the Gila River Indian community in Arizona
and found that those with gum disease had triple the risk of heart
attacks in a 10-year period. He believes that oral bacteria
350 different types in your mouth enter your
bloodstream through small tears in your gums. The bacteria, Genco
suggests, may infect your liver and cause it to produce
artery-clogging proteins, or they may directly infect your heart
arteries and somehow cause blockages. The exact mode of attack is
still a mystery, he says, but Porphyromonas gingivalis bacteria have
been found in fatty arterial blockages that cause heart failure.
And, youve probably heard, that oral bacteria can be
especially dangerous to people who have heart disease. If you have
an ailment involving the heart valves, such as mitral valve prolapse
or a heart murmur, you may need to take antibiotics before receiving
dental treatment, says Dr. Mark V. Thomas of the University of
Kentucky College of Dentistry. Dental work dislodges bacteria and
nicks your gums, sending a rush of germs into your bloodstream. That
can cause bacterial endocarditis, an often fatal infection that
strikes about 20,000 people each year.
Men with gum disease could be destined for the
drooling-and-Depends years that sometimes follow a massive stroke.
University of Buffalo researchers surveyed the health histories of
9,982 people from 25 to 75 and found that the 35 percent with severe
gum disease were twice as likely to have had a stroke. Oral bacteria
may cause fatty accumulations in the carotid arteries in your neck,
which can result in blockages, says Dr. John Marler of the National
Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. These little logjams
often break apart, float upstream and lodge in your brain. And if a
tiny chunk dams up a blood vessel in your gray matter, your dancing
days are over.
When a person with diabetes is fighting a bacterial
infection, his insulin works less efficiently. That can raise his
blood-sugar level, says Dr. Perry R. Klokkevold of the UCLA School
of Dentistry. If youre battling
diabetes and about one in 17 Americans is a gum
infection can make managing the disease much tougher. When
University of Buffalo researchers examined 168 diabetics, they found
those with periodontitis (severe gum disease) had the most trouble
controlling their blood-sugar levels. Thats what
eventually causes the kidney disease, heart disease and blindness
that plague many diabetics. Though gum disease probably
doesnt directly cause diabetes, Klokkevold says. "This
is a relatively new field of research, but we know that having gum
disease will worsen diabetes," says Dr.
Christopher Saudek, a diabetes specialist at Johns Hopkins
University in Maryland. "People with
diabetes should be careful to keep their gums healthy." And
if you have both a gum infection and a family history of diabetes,
get checked for diabetes immediately.
Some evidence suggests that the
Helicobacter pylori bacterium that can cause stomach ulcers resides
in dental plaque, says Dr. Sherie Dowsett of the Indiana University
School of Dentistry. She and her colleagues found that among 242
study subjects, 210 of them carried the bacteria in their mouths. H.
pylori may migrate to your stomach and proceed to eat painful little
holes, which is why we think every bottle of Pepto-Bismol should
come with a free toothbrush.
With every breath, your lungs suck down a stew of
bacteria, including Chlamydia pneumoniae and Pseudomonas aeruginosa,
two bugs that cause respiratory diseases. Careful readers will have
guessed one source: the plaque buildup around your teeth. Your
immune system usually destroys these invaders. But when your
resistance is low, such as during an illness or after surgery, they
can infect your lungs and cause bacterial pneumonia, Caffesse says.
This infection kills about 83,000 people a year.
"Get your teeth cleaned before
you have surgery," he advises. The day before surgery is best, but a
week before is still helpful. And bug your older parents to floss
daily and visit the dentist every six months; theyre much more
vulnerable to pneumonia than you are, young man.
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