Tea and Gum Disease Remedies- Important information to prevent gingivitis and potential disease

We always new tea contained anti-bacterial inhibitors and were good for oral health. However, new research now shows how important oral health is, especially we grow older. Please read this excellent piece below:

From New Scientist, 10 Aug 19

For decades, health experts have been lecturing us about our bad habits, blaming them for the surge in “lifestyle diseases.” These often come on as we age and include heart disease, Alzheimer’s, type 2 diabetes and some cancers. Worldwide, 70 percent of all deaths are now attributed to these conditions. In the UK, it is a whopping 90 percent. Too much red meat, too little fruit and veg, smoking, drinking, obesity and not enough exercise appear to make all these diseases more likely – and having any of them makes getting the others more likely. But no one really knows why, and we still haven’t worked out what causes any of them. Alzheimer’s is now one of the UK’s biggest killers, yet the main hypothesis for how it originates imploded this year after drugs based on it repeatedly failed. High blood cholesterol is blamed for heart attacks, except most people who have heart attacks don’t have it. They all turn inflammation, the method our immune system uses to kill invaders, against us. Not necessarily.

In disease after disease, we are finding that bacteria are covertly involved, invading organs, co-opting our immune system to boost their own survival and slowly making bits of us break down. The implication is that we may eventually be able to defeat heart attacks or Alzheimer’s just by stopping these microbes. They tend to work very slowly, stay dormant for long periods or hide inside cells. That makes them difficult to grow in culture, once the gold standard for linking bacteria to disease. But now DNA sequencing has revealed bacteria in places they were never supposed to be. This is only starting to hit the mainstream. Predictably, as with any paradigm shift, there is resistance. The worst culprits, which seem to play a role in the widest range of ailments, are the bacteria that cause gum disease. This is the most widespread disease of aging – in fact, “the most prevalent disease of mankind,” says Maurizio Tonetti at the University of Hong Kong. In the US, 42 percent of those aged 30 or above have gum disease, but that rises to 60 percent in those 65 and older. Strikingly, many of the afflictions of aging – from rheumatoid arthritis to Parkinson’s – are more likely, more severe, or both, in people with gum disease. It is possible that some third thing goes wrong, leading to both gum disease and the other maladies. But there is increasing evidence that the relationship is direct: the bacteria behind gum disease help cause others.

Circumstantial evidence is certainly damning. In the US, states that put federal Medicaid funds towards people’s dental costs, including those related to preventing or treating gum disease, ultimately pay between 31 and 67 percent less than states that don’t, to help those people later with heart attacks, diabetes, strokes and cancer. Private insurance companies report similar patterns. But how can the bacteria that cause gum disease play a role in all these conditions? Look at how they turn the immune system against us. Elsewhere in the body, including on the skin or the lining of the gut, communities of bacteria live on a continuous sheet of cells, where the outermost layer is constantly shed, getting rid of invasive bacteria. But your teeth can’t cast off a layer like that. There, the bacteria live on a hard surface, which pierces through the protective outer sheet of cells.

When the plaque the bacteria on your teeth live in builds up enough to harden and spread under the gum, it triggers inflammation: immune cells flood in and destroy both microbes and our own infected cells. An oxygen-poor pocket develops between gum and tooth. A handful of bacteria take advantage of this and multiply. One of them, Porphyromonas gingivalis, is especially insidious, disrupting the stable bacterial community and prolonging inflammation. This might seem a strange thing to do. Most pathogens try to block or avoid inflammation, which normally kills them before it shuts down again. Starting in our 30s and 40s, this shutdown begins failing, leading to the chronic inflammation involved in diseases of aging. No one knows why. P gingivalis may have a hand in it. It actually perpetuates inflammation by producing molecules that block some inflammatory processes, but not all of them, says Caroline Genco of Tufts University in Massachusetts. The resulting weakened inflammation never quite destroys the bacteria, but keeps trying, killing your own cells in the process. The debris is a feast for P gingivalis, which, unlike most bacteria, needs to eat protein.

Practical Preventive remedies for Gingivitis

One of the best things to do to maintain oral health is drink tea. Tea contains compounds that inhibit bacteria growth, which slow down the processes responsible for tooth decay and gum disease. Remember by adding sweetener will negate these benefits.