Is There a Link Between Oral Hygiene and Autoimmune Diseases?
We know how gut bacteria can trigger autoimmune inflammatory diseases, but there is also a growing link between the bacteria in your mouth and your inflammatory disease.
By Shiraz Abbas
In 2017, we wrote about the possible link between bad gut bacteria and CIDP neuropathy. We wrote how bad bacteria secreted toxins in the body that were associated with inflammation and autoimmune related inflammatory problems.
In fact, we concluded the following:
Another disease, one of the nervous system, is ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. ALS is a killer disease that destroys the nerve cells of the brain and spinal cord. There is no known cure for ALS but recent studies are showing something startling. People with ALS show elevated levels of LPS in their blood. The more LPS they have, the more intense their disease becomes. This suggests that ALS may not be coming from the brain and spinal cord but from the gut.
So we’re seeing how LPS can bring about violent inflammation in the body and may be responsible for many of our autoimmune diseases. Studies in neuroimmune pharmacology are beginning to bridge the relationship between CIDP, GBS and LPS (aka bad gut bacteria).
What is this telling us? LPS producing bad gut bacteria may be one of the main culprits behind CIDP and GBS, thus meaning that our diet plays an important role in relation to CIDP and GBS in our lives.
Our diets are important for gut health because bad diets can bring about the toxic kind of bacteria that have been linked to autoimmune diseases. But the story does not end there. It seems that our guts are not the only places where bad bacteria are stored; our mouths also seem to be a center for bad bacteria which may possibly be linked to some autoimmune diseases as well.
Here are the following three types of infections that the mouth can have:
- Metastatic Infection: Transient bacteria from oral infection or dental procedures can gain entrance into the blood and circulate throughout the body. Such disseminated microorganisms may find favorable conditions, settle at a given site and after a certain time lag, start to multiply, colonize, and infect.
- Metastatic Injury: Certain bacteria can produce toxins that, when excreted or introduced into a host body, trigger tissue damage, trigger an immune response or produce other pathological manifestations.
- Metastatic Inflammation: Soluble molecules that enter the bloodstream may react with circulating antibodies to produce large complexes that give rise to acute and chronic inflammatory reactions.
We can see that already with metastatic injuries and inflammation, there is a link to autoimmune related inflammatory disorders. Some research is also finding that periodontitis (inflammation of gums caused by certain bacteria) may also be a precursor to rheumatoid arthritis.
It is for this reason that OMRF researcher Umesh Deshmukh, PhD stated the following:
“The environmental causes of autoimmune diseases are still a mystery, but we think there may be a connection to our mouths,”
Just like diets are important for gut health, dental hygiene is also important for the health of your mouth. A sick mouth may possibly be linked to some autoimmune disorders so it won’t hurt to eat healthy and keep your mouth clean.
Shiraz Abbas is the founder and manager of the CIDP Neuropathy Support Group. He is also one of the main community educators of IVIG therapy. He resides in Fresno, California. Shiraz can be contacted through our free CIDP advice service at 1-855-782-0574.