Your Dog, Your Gums

Did you know you can get gum disease from your lover, or even your dog?

Gum disease is a serious condition. It can impair your health in many ways, and even make you more susceptible to infection following surgery.

Former surgical nurse Jeanne Dockins, (RN, BSN) has become something of an evangelist on the subject. She runs the Mastery of Self-Healing website, and sells nanosilver products formulated to kill bacteria and fungus.

Dockins cites a statistic from David Verity, DDS, who says that more than 40 percent of the population has some degree of periodontal disease. Having class 3 or 4 periodontal disease is like having an infection as large as the palm of your hand.

The severity of gum disease increases with age, smoking, diabetes and pre-existing conditions to name a few. People don’t realize their gum infection can worsen other health conditions.

Dockins has this advice for preventing gum disease:

  • Refrain from kissing your dog or allowing the dog to lick you on the mouth.
  • When kissing someone who might have gum disease, chew xylitol gum or suck on nanosilver lozenges which kills oral bacteria.
  • Refrain from kissing people you don’t know who may have gum disease.
  • Know their partner’s periodontal probing scores, which measure the depths of the gum disease pockets. Any probing 4 or above indicates periodontal disease.
  • Have routine dental examinations and know their own periodontal probing scores.

Your dog’s feelings might be hurt, but you may just avoid a whole lot of gum disease.

Copyright Today’s Credit Unions