Periodontal Disease, Gum Disease, Gum Infections – Linked to Chronic Lung Disease

This article is part of Dr. George Meinig’s, DDS, FACD,
research information of the extensive and investigative
research of Dr. Weston Price’s DDS, FACD, research work.

According to Daily University Science News, The message delivered in a study just published in the journal of Periodontology conducted by oral biologists from the
University at Buffalo. The researchers found an
association between chronic respiratory disease and
periodontal disease in an analysis of data from a large
national database, the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, known as NHANES III.

Frank Scannapieco, D.m.D.,ph.D., associate professor of oral biology in UB,s School of Dental Medicine and lead author of
the study, said the mechanism linking oral health and lung disease isn’t clear, but that bacteria in the mouth likely
are to blame.

“Accumulation of disease-causing organisms associated with gum disease may increase for serious lower-respiratory-tract infection in susceptible subjects”, said Scannapieco.

“It is possible that bacteria that normally stick to the teeth are sloughed into the saliva and may be breathed into the upper airways,changing that environment and paving the way for other germs to infect the lower airways. Oral conditions likely work together with the factors, such as smoking, environmental pollutants, allergies and genetics to make existing lung
problems worse”

Scannapieco’s earlier work with pneumonia in hospitalized
patients suggested a potential association between respiratory
diseases and poor oral health, and led him to investigate
whether such a relationship exists in the general population.
For the analysis, he used data from 13,792 participants in
NHANES III who were at least 20 years old and had at least six
natural teeth.

Questionnaires completed by participants included items about
their history of respiratory disease. The physical examination measured each person’s forced expiratory volume (FEV1), or how
much air a person can blow out in one second, a measure of lung
health and function.

A dental examination assessed the loss of gum attachment
supporting the teeth, amount of gum bleeding, number of cavities
and number of teeth.

* Gum Disease and Respiratory Function

Analyzing these two sets of data for a relationship, the researchers found that lung function appeared to diminish as the amount of gum-attachment loss increased. Results also showed a decline in respiratory function as oral health worsened.

“We aren’t saying that if you don’t brush, you’ll develop lung
disease,” said Scannapieco. “We’re saying that if you already have lung disease, taking care of your teeth and gums is especially important. It’s possible that improved oral health is one factor that may help prevent progression of this disease, which is responsible for 2.2 million dealths a year worldwide.”

About author:
Dr. George Meinig,D.D.S.,F.A.C.D. is a Founder of the Association of Root Canal Specialists Discovers Evidence That Root Canals
Damage Your Health Learn What to Do.
Learn how Dr. George Meinig discovered that a meticulous 25 year research program, conducted by Weston A. Price, DDS, under the auspices of the American Dental Association’s Research Institute, was buried by disbelievers of the focal infection theory.
Along the way, Dr. Meinig has received many recognition citatons and awards, both Nationally and internationally.

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