Why Gum Disease Spirochetes Are Deadly, And Why You Must Get Rid Of Them.

A spirochete is a member of one of nature’s savage bacteria families destroying lives with ruthless efficiency.  The spirochetes definition: A corkscrew shaped bacteria easily recognized when viewed under a microscope, spinning like a screw.

The unique corkscrew shape of these invaders allows them to be particularly effective at destruction. Let’s consider the corkscrew shape and its unique attributes.


image of corkscrew entering cork of wine bottle just like a spirochete

Spirochetes are like corkscrews drilling into live cells.

I recalled opening a wine bottle one day and got to thinking. A corkscrew could inflict serious damage upon the user. It could inflict a painful accidentally injury.  Remember, the goal is to simply remove a cork from a bottle without damaging the cork, the bottle, spilling the wine or hurting yourself in the process.

The Safe Corkscrews

One of the safest corkscrews I have ever seen is a battery operated variety where the corkscrew is never exposed. Its held against the cork, and a button depressed until it removes the cork and spits it into your hand all in complete safety. No muss no fuss.

With the concern for corkscrew safety growing greater over the years and corkscrews accounting for a minimal number of emergency room visits, you may think you are safe from injuries.

Corkscrew Shaped Bacteria-The Spirochete

But, you may be subject to microscopic corkscrew injuries everyday in the form of aggressive spirochete bacterium attacks. Mini-corkscrew-shaped bacteria poking holes in your body, one cell at a time.  These corkscrew spirochetes, are already known to be responsible for causing syphilis, a STD or sexually transmitted disease that is potentially deadly if unrecognized or left untreated in its early stages.Corkscrew

The syphilis spirochete causes heart, eye and other organ damage in addition to syphilitic dementia, the result of progressive brain damage.  The Lyme’s disease spirochetes also cause debilitating neurological symptoms as a result of brain and nervous system damage.

Your Gums Harbor Dangerous Corkscrew Spirochetes

And now research is implicating gum or periodontal spirochetes as an early step in causing deadly Alzheimer’s disease.

An acquaintance of mine described a gentleman who’s wife was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease at age 48. He, out of necessity, cut his working hours by half to care for her, suffering a serious financial penalty.

Could this have been caused by these insidious corkscrew-shaped bacteria? Quite possibly.

What Happens In Your Mouth Affects The Rest Of Your Body

Research advances continue to confirm the extent of how what happens in your mouth affects the rest of your body.  These corkscrew shaped spirochetes, twisting their way into cells, and killing them are on there way into your blood vessels. Once there, they hitch a ride, floating along to other organs, eventually travel to your brain. Then the process starts again twisting and spinning as they begin to destroy brain cells leading to dementia.

Similar to the syphilis and Lyme disease causing spirochetes the gum disease varieties often go undetected and can manifest with severe Alzheimer’s symptoms many years later.

Who Is At Risk For Infection?

Just how common are these spirochetes? It is hard to say. We really don’t even know to look for them until the more severe forms of gum disease are recognized.

You could easily have hundreds of thousands of these mini-corkscrews in your mouth around your teeth and under your gums. You could be harboring your own crop of “living corkscrews” inflicting serious bodily injury and be totally unaware. And those corkscrews could be responsible for the dementia of Alzheimer’s disease showing up years later.

Corkscrew Spirochetes In Your Gums?

What are the odds that you have to worry about corkscrew-shaped bacteria called spirochetes. Pretty slim right? Maybe.  It sounds crazy! Anybody can have them. How about your dentist? Even he isn’t immune.

image of Spirochete bacterium are corkscrew shaped.

Spirochete bacterium are corkscrew shaped.

I remember seeing a demonstration in front of a group of dentists where a scientist speaker was describing these unusual corkscrew shaped life forms living in gum crevices. He was talking about little critters living in the crevices around teeth. He asked for a few volunteers from the audience to assist him. He proceeded to use a toothpick to gently rub between teeth and gums in several areas on each individual volunteer’s back teeth. He was looking to find samples of these corkscrew shaped bacteria in tooth plaque.

The scientist was very focused as he rubbed the toothpick, on which sat a blob of white plaque, on the center of a glass microscope slide.

image of Microscope for viewing spirochetes

Microscope for viewing spirochetes

He added a drop of water and covered it with a very thin piece of glass about three quarters of an inch by three quarters of an inch, called a cover slip. And then the samples were viewed using a powerful [1000x magnification] phase contrast microscope looking for bacteria. This type of microscope allows you to see living cells and bacteria.

Then the plaque sandwich image was projected onto a screen with a video camera. What was in the plaque? The scientist was looking for was movement. Do you see any lifeforms moving at a rapidly across the slide?

“The trouble making bacteria are the ones that move rapidly,” he said. Most of the living bacteria were motionless and didn’t capture our interest. But one dentist had the moving bacteria with some that wiggled and darted around from place to place. He had the spirochete bacteria present. Others were slow and lumbering, but still moving with purpose. This dentist was floored that he had spirochetes in his own mouth.

Spirochete Bacteria

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And then there were the corkscrews, spinning and advancing just like a corkscrew through a cork. When these corkscrew spirochetes encounter living cells, they didn’t slow down a bit. They just screwed themselves into the cells just like a corkscrew entering a cork.

Imagine yourself using a corkscrew to open a wine bottle, it slips and you’ve accidentally penetrated your hand. Your gums are damaged, just like your hand is damaged, but on a much smaller scale. As each spirochete screws its way into a cell, it kills it. It eats a portion to stay alive and then attacks another cell.

Its serious when spirochetes are damaging your gums. It’s a whole other story when the spirochetes are ravaging your brain.

Many different spirochetes of oral origin are showing up in Alzheimer’s diseased brains, according to recent research. Have they always been there? I suspect yes but we have not known to look for them or been able to look for them.

Antibiotics May Not Always Be The Answer

Antibiotics are thought to be a sure fire defense against the onslaught of a bacterial attack. But, antibiotics are much less effective against brain harbored bacteria than gum harbored bacteria. Unfortunately a quick and effective means of ridding the body of all spirochetes is not available.

Some bacteria are susceptible to antibiotics during parts of their life cycle while at other times are totally unaffected. The good news is that dentists have a new weapon in their arsenal against the gum variety spirochetes.

Photodynamic therapy or the use of dental lasers has the ability to significantly reduce your exposure to spirochetes residing in gum tissue. Dental lasers can be an effective aid in the removal of gum spirochetes when used with routine gum therapy.

Photodynamic therapy reduces the infection and the symptoms of disease. The bacteria quantity lowering effects of the laser last up to three months in some studies. Then the process is repeated to prevent recurrence.

Lasers-Photodynamic Therapy In Dentistry

Disrupting the load of new spirochetes entering your blood stream and spreading throughout the rest of you body is your biological dentist’s role. He or she may elect to use photodynamic therapy or dental lasers to enhance the effectiveness of routine hygiene procedures and specific gum disease therapies.

Appropriate antibiotic usage may also be necessary to achieve the best results.  Ask your holistic dentist about dental lasers and how they can be used to reduce your risk of spirochetes exposure.

Since cutting your spirochete exposure could also reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia it is a conversation definitely worth having.