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Can gum disease migrate to your penis?
You’ve certainly heard this word before.
Periodontitis is a serious oral inflammatory condition which progresses from gingivitis (or inflammation of the gums).
Most of us have experienced red or swollen gums which bleed easily.
It can seem like a trivial or harmless condition.
However, like all cases of chronic inflammation, it can lead to very debilitating pathologies over time.
‘’Epidemiological and experimental studies have linked periodontitis to the development and/or exacerbation of a plethora of other chronic diseases ranging from rheumatoid arthritis to Alzheimer’s disease.” – Konkel et al. (2019)
As is often believed, the main consequence of periodontitis is the destruction of the tooth-supporting structures, which loosens and eventually leads to the loss of teeth.
The treatment typically involves surgery and recommendations for good oral hygiene.
Historically, this was all done in an attempt to salvage the teeth, with little consideration for any potential systemic consequences.
This view is slowly changing with more research highlighting the links between oral pathogens and systemic (or chronic diseases).
What was once treated as an isolated problem, is now recognized as being linked with obesity, diabetes, and even pregnancy complications.
The influence of oral pathogens.
Figure: Reported associations between periodontitis and systemic diseases (Konkel et al., 2019)
A 2019 review article makes the case, using the available evidence, that the chronic inflammatory state of periodontitis leads to the leakage of oral pathogens beyond the oral cavity, and into general circulation.
In doing so, the oral pathogens lead directly to serum increases in the levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines (cell-signalling proteins), sustaining chronic inflammation systematically throughout the body.
This process affects the lungs, the GI tract, the brain, virtually every organ and tissue in the human body.
“Indeed, prominent oral pathogenic bacteria including F. nucleatum, P. gingivalis, and A. actinomycetemcomitans have been detected in a multitude of extra-oral tissue sites, including the lung, heart, gut, placenta and inflamed joints.”
The understanding is that the chronic inflammatory state leads to abnormal immune responses, which lead to grave pathologies like atherosclerosis, Alzheimer’s, pulmonary infections, and even strokes.
While it may seem far fetched to link oral health with things like cardiovascular diseases, this is precisely what the research has shown for decades:
“To date, perhaps the condition most strongly linked with periodontitis is cardiovascular disease (CVD). An association between periodontitis and CVD was first reported 20 years ago (9). Since, periodontitis has been consistently reported in both epidemiological and experimental studies to have a role in the development and progression of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.”
Laxatives to prevent periodontitis?
Using terms like periodontitis can obscure matters.
It’s easy to believe that it’s a specific condition which people have or don’t have.
However, this dichotomy is not helpful in understanding and preventing human diseases.
What starts as simple gum inflammation can and will worsen over time.
According to the CDC, nearly half of people over 30 in the US have some form of gum disease (or periodontitis).
What is clear from this research is that oral health is a very serious concern, and yet beyond calls for dental hygiene it can be difficult to think of solutions to this problem.
Ray Peat, PhD, has talked a few times about certain dentists who stopped doing routine dental cleanings when they figured out that giving their patients laxatives greatly alleviated their gum disease and improved their overall oral health.
Possibly for the same reasons that antibiotics can help resolve gum disease for a time, good bowel motility can help keep the GI tract clean and free of pathogens.
There is little research on this specific topic, but I can confidently say that it works.
Dr. Peat’s rationale is that frequent bowel movements limit pathogens which can populate the GI tract and even travel back up to the mouth through reverse peristalsis.
Not every laxative is safe, but something like aged Cascara Sagrada has a very good safety profile and is very reliable.
French press coffee, prunes, and others are also helpful.
Basically, anything you can do to stay regular will help prevent gum disease.
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Konkel JE, O'Boyle C, Krishnan S. Distal Consequences of Oral Inflammation. Front Immunol. 2019;10:1403. Published 2019 Jun 25. doi:10.3389/fimmu.2019.01403