Vaginal Yeast infection symptoms can mimicked by Bacterial Vaginitis (BV). Periodontal bacterial vaginosis can cause vaginal symptoms similar to those of a Yeast Infection. Bacterial Vaginitis can be caused by various conditions, such as bleeding gums and gingivitis. Recurrent Pregnancy Loss (RPL), miscarriage, pre-term birth and low birth weight are associated with oral bacterial infections.
Cross colonization of the openings of the human body have received little study in contemporary medicine. Because of this, there is limited practical recommendations for management of patients with both dental and urogenital tract microflora disorders. Not because nothing can be done. It is due to the compartmentalization of health care. The mouth and vagina are at opposite ends of the body. Dentist go to Dental conventions. Gynecologists go to Gynecological conventions. They never become aware of the problem at the other end of the body. Dental patients tell Dentists about their mouth. Gynecology patients – Well you get the point.
As a Functional Doctor, patients report all of their problems in the assessment forms allowing the connection between their reoccurring “Yeast” infection and bleeding, receding gums. From there, the patient can be directed to the proper treatment and support to eliminate the problems.
The current paradigm focuses on vaginal/uterine infections predominantly originating from the vaginal tract, with the microbes ascending into the uterus. An increasing number of bacterial species have been identified in vaginal/uterine infections that do not belong to the vaginal microflora. Infections in the uterus can originate from the mouth as bacteria entering to bleeding gums move throughout the body looking for a place to call their new home. There is a small association between periodontal disease and bacterial vaginosis with oral sex with a partner that has periodontal disease. Bacteria enter the blood vessels in the mouth is the primary route of infection.
Is Your Yeast Infection Really A Bacterial Infection?
Culture Lab Testing is still readily available and reasonably accurate for finding air breathing microbes, so clinicians continue to use it even though there are significant known limitations. 99% of microbes in your body are stressed out when exposed to air, going dormant or dying making them unculturable.
This lack of growth by anaerobic microbes results in a significant change in the balance of microbes in lab test results; since those species capable of surviving exposure to air will more actively grow when there is no competition. It becomes readily apparent that Culture and the culture dependent MALDI-TOF methodology are severely limited to identifying only culturable microbes (less than 1% in the human body).
If your Doctor is using antiquated Culture tests or swabs. They are missing 99% of the microbes that could possibly be causing your “Yeast” infection. If you are experiencing reoccurring “Yeast” infections, the use of cultures and swab tests are likely wrong and leads to inappropriate treatment.
Vaginal and Uterine Infections
Oral bacteria enter into oral capillaries, especially if you have bleeding when flossing or brushing your teeth. Receding gums is another sign of oral bacteria causing problems. These conditions lead to increased bacteria in the blood, thus enhancing the opportunities for bacteria to travel to distant organs and joints in your body. The symptoms of oral bacteria infection mimic those experiences in ascending infections, i.e., with the bacteria colonizing the lining of the uterus.
Dental procedures such as extractions, root canals, implants, deep scaling and crowns that cause bleeding provides an entry point for bacteria to move into the blood. Unfortunately, the focus is on mercury fillings and not on the bacteria that take advantage of the new places to take up residence. Read more on Root Canals…
Bacteria being carried through the blood allows the spread of opportunistic bacteria from one location to another, i.e. uterus, joints, thyroid. It is then plausible that opportunistic bacteria take advantage of your body’s specific chemistry and colonize wherever growth conditions are suitable. The oral and vaginal environments provide similar colonization and growth conditions in a your body for bacteria to grow. Because faulty, antiquated Culture Lab Tests continue to be used, anaerobic bacterial infections are seldom found.
These opportunistic oral bacteria setting up a new residence in the uterus become Invasive Species and Keystone Pathogens. An Invasive Species is a species that spreads to a new location they are not normally found in, becoming Keystone Pathogens and causing damage to the tissue, organs and health of the human body.
Invasive Species are able to out compete normal inhabitants due to lack of natural defenses that keep their population in check. Invasive Species become bullies in their new location, changing the environment to favor their growth and survival, i.e. a crack house moving into your neighborhood.
A “Keystone Pathogen” is a low-abundance microbe that can orchestrate inflammatory disease by remodeling a normally beneficial microbiota into a dysbiotic one, i.e. residents of the neighborhood change their behavior to avoid confrontation with the crack dealers. Once the Keystone Pathogens get a foothold, they hack into the immune system by producing chemicals that make them invisible to the immune system, i.e. crack dealers paying off the cops.
Oral bacteria invading the uterus and vagina change the environment so much so that the normal vaginal bacteria are weakened to the point where they are no longer able to out-compete the Candida/Yeast. You have invaders in the vagina and uterus arriving internally from the blood and externally from the vagina. The Candida/Yeast are opportunistic; taking advantage of the weakened normal vaginal bacteria being unable to prevent the overgrowth of Candida/Yeast. You experience temporary relief from Yeast infection products or prescriptions, but it always comes back. This is because the oral infection replenishes the bacteria to the vagina and uterus repeating the process over and over.
An increasing number of studies report intrauterine infections caused by bacterial species not found in the urogenital tract, such as F. nucleatum and Bergeyella, Eikenella, and Capnocytophaga spp., all of which are common species in the mouth.
Female Reproductive Disease and Periodontal Infection
Periodontitis is a condition in which dental bacterial plaque cause an inflammatory response that leads to loss of connective-tissue attachment, ultimately resulting in loss of affected teeth. Symptoms include bleeding when brushing or flossing, inflammation at the site, and tooth loosening and ultimately tooth loss.
Chronic generalized inflammatory and inflammatory-degenerative periodontal diseases of different severity have been detected in all female patients with gynecological diagnosis of bacterial vaginosis. The major markers of bacterial vaginosis have been also detected in oral cavity in women with periodontal conditions, i.e. receding gums, bleeding gums, canker sores, etc. Root canals, crowns and implants should also be considered if you are having reoccurring vaginal infections.
Bacterial vaginosis is a frequently occurring condition with the focus being primarily on bacteria ascending from the vagina into the uterus. Bacterial vaginosis affects nearly 30% of women between the ages of 14 and 49. Bacterial vaginosis is characterized by a decrease in the normally predominant (air-tolerant) Lactobacillus bacterial species, and a corresponding increase in a diversity of anaerobic microbes (air-hating) AKA Competitive Exclusion. Bacterial vaginosis is typically asymptomatic, but if symptoms are present, the most common complaints are discharge and odor.
Both periodontal disease and bacterial vaginosis have been linked to adverse pregnancy outcomes such as miscarriage, preterm birth and low birthweight. The process through which oral bacteria stimulate an immune response resulting in preterm birth remains overlooked.
Bacterial vaginosis (BV), a condition characterized by decreased vaginal lactobacilli and increased anaerobic bacteria, has been associated with an increased risk of miscarriage and preterm birth. The abnormal microflora typical of Bacterial Vaginosis overlaps considerably with bacterial species known to be associated with periodontal disease. For example, Prevotella and Porphyromonas species have been associated with Bacterial Vaginosis and Periodontal Disease.,
What are signs and symptoms of bacterial vaginosis?
The most common symptom is a smelly vaginal discharge. It may look grayish white or yellow. A sign of bacterial vaginosis can be a “fishy” smell, which may be worse after sex. About half of women who have bacterial vaginosis do not notice any symptoms.
Many women with bacterial vaginosis have no signs or symptoms at all. When symptoms do occur, the most common include:
- An abnormal amount of vaginal discharge
- The vaginal discharge is thin and grayish white.
- Vaginal odor (foul-smelling or unpleasant fishy odor)
- The vaginal discharge and odor are often more noticeable after sexual intercourse.
- Pain with sexual intercourse or urination (rare symptoms).
Symptoms of bacterial vaginosis, if present, can occur any time in the menstrual cycle, including before, during, or after the menstrual period. The amount of vaginal discharge that is considered normal varies from woman to woman. Therefore, any degree of vaginal discharge that is abnormal for a particular woman should be evaluated.
What problems can bacterial vaginosis cause?
Bacterial vaginosis usually does not cause other health problems. But in some cases it can lead to serious problems.
- If you have it when you are pregnant, it increases the risk of miscarriage, early (preterm) delivery, and uterine infection after pregnancy.
- If you have it when you have a pelvic procedure such as a cesarean section, an abortion, or a hysterectomy, you are more likely to get a pelvic infection.
- If you have it and you are exposed to a sexually transmitted infection (including HIV), you are more likely to catch the infection.
If you are having frequent “Yeast” infections, you may want to consider the possibility it is not “Yeast“. It may be an overlooked oral bacteria infection. Theses same bacteria traveling through your blood are also falling into your digestive tract becoming Invasive Species acting as Keystone Pathogens causing digestive problems. Since Dentist do not treat gynecological conditions and Gynecologist do not treat dental conditions. You need help guiding you through the process. Call today.