Over the years at our clinic, we have seen images of women with thyroid or Hashimoto’s using infrared thermography for breast health, in lieu of mammograms.
In almost all of the cases cases, we have clearly seen cases of inflammation in the dental area using this heat sensing technology. In all of those cases, a heat signature can be seen running from the area of oral infection down to the thyroid area.
Many of these cases are caused by a low-grade infection and inflammation and have, through further testing, been attributed to dental or oral issues, such as issues related to root-canal treated teeth. Invariably, some cases are very subtle, even asymptomatic for many years, but these cases slowly and continuously affect peoples’ health.
With thermographic imaging, we can identify areas of suspected inflammation and infection because they present with heat. Once an area of concern is identified, it needs further investigation and resolution. People living with a chronic source of infection and inflammation will eventually find that their immunity is affected. This is because once the oral bacteria leave the mouth, they become invasive species and keystone pathogens.
In some cases, this chronic inflammation and invasive infection will actually promote the dysfunction of other organs in the body. Numerous studies have linked vaginosis (chronic yeast infections), miscarriages, pre-term birth, and gastrointestinal symptoms are linked to invasive oral bacteria.
The natural defense mechanism to fight development of organ dysfunction is impaired since their immune system is busy dealing with inflammation that has no chance of resolving on its own. In addition to this, the symptoms are far away from the mouth and people are using supplements or treatment for where the symptoms are occurring. The only way this problem can be resolved is by identifying and removing the cause. The infected area has to be properly dealt with before the body can be restored to health.
The IR imaging procedure provided enormous information about the physiological processes through examining the temperature of the body that can be related to the internal process of inflammation or irritation. The early signs provided by the IR imaging can be used as a prognostic indicator in detecting inflammation and subclinical pathology. The merits of a non-invasive IR imaging modality are important in identifying early stages of inflammation not visible by other imaging modalities. There is a high confirmation rate of ninety (90%) percent indicating strong correlation between thermographic and dental exams.
Those suffering from thyroid conditions may experience recurrent gum bleeding, easy bruising, and chronic fatigue. Hypothyroid patients have capillary blood supply alterations in gum tissues. Those suffering from thyroid issues also have enhanced periodontal bone loss as tooth-supporting alveolar bone is less sensitive to hormonal signals. If you’re thinking you’re showing signs of periodontal disease and worry about your oral hygiene, depending where you’re located you may want to book an emergency dentist London.
Oral Bacteria Damage the Thyroid
Oral Periogenic bacteria can cross into the blood stream through the bleeding gums causing a systemic inflammatory infection. The tissue of the gums can also become infected. This allows periodontal bacteria to enter into the blood stream, which translocate to organs of high metabolic activity, i.e. the Thyroid.
If an oral bacterial infection is not able to establish drainage through the skin surface or into the oral cavity, it may spread diffusely through the neck’s soft tissue. Once the infection descends into the neck, it may reach the thyroid gland. The spread of the oral infection to the thyroid can cause thyrotoxic symptoms: temperature changes, pale skin, excessive sweating, tremors, tiredness, rapid heart beat. The swelling of the thyroid gland can cause trouble swallowing and speaking. Dental treatment would be required to stop the infectious drainage to the thyroid.
Oral bacteria causing infections in gum tissue may threaten more than your teeth and gums. Research has established associations between oral bacteria and systemic diseases including:
- Chronic Inflammation
- Autoimmune Diseases
- Thyroid issues
- Hair loss
- Gastrointestinal disease
- Degenerative Disc disease
- Arthritis and Joint Pain
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Heart Disease
- Respiratory Disease
- Blood Clots
- Preterm and Low Birth Weight Babies
- And many more.
The theories linking oral bacteria to other diseases explain that the mouth may be a portal for bacteria to spread to the rest of your body, there’s then no wonder as to why it would be important to wear protective gear such as an N95 Mask should you be exposed to any number of harmful chemicals or bacteria in your daily life. These theories have been confirmed through the use of microbial DNA testing with an added wrinkle. There are more than just acid loving-cavity causing bacteria in the mouth. DNA testing can help greatly in diagnosing conditions or predicting a potential future risk of something. There are DNA and Drug Testing Clinics Nationwide – Health Street for people to attend to check on anything they are worried about or want to check on.
Multiple Conditions – One Body
You are allowed to have more than one dysfunction occurring in your body at the same time. Too many Professional and Social Media Influencers promoting their version of low thyroid or Hashimoto’s make everything a result of thyroid dysfunction. In fact, some of the diseases occurring in the body, i.e. oral bacteria periodontitis contribute to thyroid symptoms.
Patients with long standing hypothyroidism may have increased subcutaneous mucopolysaccharides due to decrease in the degradation of these substances. The presence of excess subcutaneous mucopolysaccharides may decrease the ability of small blood vessels to constrict when damaged or cut and may result in increased bleeding from infiltrated tissues, including mucosa and skin.
Patients suffering from Hypothyroidism also have poor gingival microcirculation with a reduction in the diameter of capillaries, as well as a greater number and tortuosity of capillary loops.
The successful management of periodontal conditions is beneficial for the successful treatment of thyroid conditions. The length of time from periodontal disease onset to treatment of thyroid disorders may be critical, since uncontrolled periodontal disease resulting in destruction of the specialized tissues that both surround and support the teeth, maintaining them in the maxillary and mandibular bones.
Flossing, brushing or especially dental scaling can easily create bleeding. Many dentists claim this is normal and insignificant in terms of regular dentistry. If you experience oral bleeding you should be concerned, especially if you are suffering from an autoimmune condition. This opens a two-way street for blood to escape, and for bacteria to enter the blood stream. The blood stream provides access to all of the organs and tissues of the body while the bacteria (influenced by chemotaxis) looks for lodging.
Biting something hard like almonds, raw crunchy veggies or any hard food flushes these bacteria – if present – to the gingival crevice where they are liberated into the lymphatic drainage or into the blood circulation when chewing food or gum.If an infection is not able to establish drainage through the skin surface or into the oral cavity, it may spread diffusely through fascial planes of the neck’s soft tissue. Once the infection descends into the submandibular space, it may extend to the lateral pharyngeal space, and then to the retro-pharyngeal space. From here, it may reach the thyroid gland.
The damage caused to the gland results in the release of a conspicuous quantity of thyroid hormones, thus causing a thyrotoxic pattern: temperature, cutaneous pallor, excessive perspiration, tremor, tiredness, weight loss, increased appetite, and tachycardia.
Additionally, the thyroid gland’s edema caused difficulty swallowing (dysphagia) and speaking (dysphonia) commonly seen with thyroid gland enlargement. After dental treatment consisting of ultrasonic scaling, PerioProtect and appropriate anti-inflammatory and antibiotic therapy determined by dental PCR testing, administration of oral beta-blockers and corticosteroid therapy may be performed to counteract thyrotoxicosis in order to prevent recurrences. A root canal may be necessary, once the thyrotoxicosis had been resolved.