What are Gomphotic infections you ask?
Gomphotic infections are gum disease infections. Teeth fit into fibrous socket-joints in the jaw bones called Gomphotic and these are the simplest of all fibrous joint systems and mouth bacteria are attracted to the top crevice area or the turtle neck-like collar of gum tissue that surrounds the teeth. If the bacteria are left undisturbed (i.e. no careful flossing or well trained brushing) soft tissue inflammation- trouble starts in the gum crevice. Mouth bacteria can cause inflammation or small infections in these little tiny joint systems called gingivitis or bleeding gums. This can happen in babies or teenagers or in adults. In fact these simplest of joint infections have scourged mankind since mankind became identifiable as mankind. Just as our DNA can be traced back to our early human roots, so the ancestors of our current mouth organisms can be traced all the way back to those early microbiota that plagued our earliest of ancestors. Here is how it that happens. Babies are born without mouth bacteria which are good for breast feeding mothers. Babies get their parents mouth bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites mostly by direct or indirect contact…Indirect contact is when someone kisses the baby’s hand and then the baby puts that same hand in to its mouth…or ..Mother tastes the baby food for temperature and then passes the spoonful of food to her baby…so in a sense we inherit most of our mouth bacteria from our family, and it has been that way since time began and will be so forever more. However we can also get mouth infections by direct mouth to mouth contact…we call it a temporary form of spit -insanity called kissing passionately. These mouth organisms are dangerous to your health because when your gums are bleeding it means these bugs are breeding and entering your bloodstream. This is not good for the river of life. This is also not good for your breath. Most bad breath is caused by mouth infections and some by throat-tonsil and sinus infections and sometimes by systemic infections. Currently there are about many systemic areas of research investigating the gums and oral health to total health. These are atherosclerosis , strokes, heart disease diabetes, kidney disease ,preterm babies, underweight full term babies, Alzheimer’s , osteoporosis, arthritis ,aspiration pneumonia ,stomach illnesses and oral cancer and possibly other cancers in particular breast cancer.( This new breast cancer theory is that oral organisms can enter the ducts of the breast nipples and cause irritations that lead to some types of breast cancer.) Treatment for these Gomphotic infections has slowly evolved over the generations of dental history from ayurvedic oil rinses to salt water rinses to chemical rinses to brushing and flossing on to scraping and scaling tartar or calculus to surgical-scalpel resection or surgical gum amputation surgery, to topical and systemic antibiotics and now laser light energy to sterilize the gum pockets and to provide light energy to regenerate some of the lost or damaged bone and gum tissue. To see and hear more go to “www.lasergumcentre.com “ Or Google” Whoopi talks about gum disease” In summary, there are lots of very unhealthy mouths in the world and there are lots of dangerous gum bugs out there. So be sure you are taking good care to control your Gomphotic infections and be careful who you kiss!! Dr Paul Greenacre, DDS, FAACP Lasergumcentre.com email@example.com