1) Your body is equipped with a defense system that is functioning 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to insure that you do not get an infection, or if you do, that you get rid of it. If, for some reason you are not fighting an infection, then there might be something wrong with your immune system (immune compromised) and would likely have other evidence of this problem. Your bodys natural defenses do not work any differently in your mouth than they do anywhere else. The same cells and mechanisms for dealing with foreign invaders are the same throughout your body. Almost everything you eat has antibacterial properties. Your saliva is loaded with antibacterial antibodies.
If you had an infection your MD would likely note the location of the infection and give you an antibiotic to assist with destroying the bacterial colony. The choice of antibiotic is based on the location of the infection. When that location indicates there can be several different bacteria, the MD may prescribe a antibiotic that is good at destroying many different types of bacteria. This type of antibiotic is called a broad spectrum antibiotic. A culture of the area is sometimes taken and sent to a lab. The laboratory technician grows out the bacteria and tries several different antibiotics against it. The lab then notifies the MD of exactly which antibiotics work and those that do not work. An antibiotic does not only interfere with bacterial growth. It also interferes with the growth of your own tissue cells. When you swallow an antibiotic, it gets into your blood stream and bathes all of your tissues.
You have approximately 350 different bacteria naturally occurring in your mouth in very large numbers. Culturing this bacteria will only tell them what they already know. You are designed to have that bacteria there. Some of them are highly beneficial. You are also naturally designed to keep these bacterial colonies completely under control.
2) Antibiotics are not effective against periodontal disease. They tried it and it does not work. It has never been proven that periodontal disease is caused by a bacterial infection. This is an assumption that is widely accepted because you happen to have a lot of bacteria naturally occurring in your mouth. This is documented in the following journal article.
Critical issues in periodontal research., 1995
It is not even clear if calculus or tartar build up on your teeth in the case of periodontal disease, is the cause of the condition or is the result of the condition:
TITLE: Dental calculus: recent insights into occurrence, formation, prevention, removal and oral health effects of supragingival and subgingival deposits. 1997
3) Animals do not get gum disease. They also never brush. There is nothing different about their mouths or the way that their mouths are integrated into their bodies to explain why they do not get it and humans do. They claim that periodontal disease is a uniquely human disease that has been around for thousands of years. There is nothing unique about the human mouth or human body that explains this particular phenomena.
There is something very different about what people put in their mouths and what animals put in their mouths. People have been peddling spices for thousands of years and spices are a common cause of allergic reactions. Animals do not spice their food. Animals do not scrub and rinse with products that contain harsh detergents, poisons and tissue irritants at least twice a day. They do not eat candy, sip on hot and cold drinks, chew gum, roll mints all over their oral mucosa or smoke. Their foods do not contain a vast array of additives and color dyes, which are also common allergens. They are not constantly self medicating themselves with herbs. Not only does everything on the aforementioned list have the potential for causing an allergic reaction, reactivity to these substances is well documented.
It is not because animals are vegetarians. There are plenty of carnivorous animals in the wild as well as household pets that do not have gum disease. These carnivorous animals do not cook their food first to kill germs.
4) Plenty of people with great oral hygiene get periodontal disease. Heredity is blamed for this phenomena. If people with great oral hygiene expose themselves to something they are allergic to they are going to produce the same allergic response and results as anyone else.
5) Blaming the problem on heredity is not a proof of cause. The responsible gene must be identified. The chemicals and biochemical pathways that this gene would be responsible for have to be identified. There is one case of periodontal disease caused by a genetic flaw. It runs in a single family in India and they were able to identify the gene as well as the effected chemical pathways.
If periodontal disease does run in families, it would make sense that people with similar genetic make up would be allergic to the same things and have a greater genetic tendency to have allergic reactions.
6) People with horrible oral hygiene don't get it. They is also blamed on heredity. It makes sense that these people are not putting something in their mouths that they are allergic to or are very sensitive to.
7) There is well documented abundance of the immune system in the oral tissues in cases of periodontal disease. The way the immune system is present is not consistent with a bacterial infection or the presence of a pathogen. The immune system will be present in abundance if you are having an allergic reaction or have been doing repeated tissue damage with a tissue irritant. Tissue damage is bacterial food and further provokes the presence of additional immune system players to control colonies feeding off of it.
8) In some people the condition seems to come and go. When it clears up, it does this without treatment in many cases. If this individual is unwittingly introducing and removing the substance that is causing the allergic response, or the tissue irritant, it makes perfect sense that the condition would appear at the same time the antagonist is present and it would clear up when the antagonist was removed.
9) There is a lot of evidence in the literature that your oral problems can be caused by an allergy. In many of these publications it is not a single isolated incident, rather the study covers large numbers of people. Many of these publications list the causal agents that were identified in their particular study.
The role of allergy in oral mucosal diseases, August 2,000
Contact allergy in patients with oral symptoms: a study of 47 patients., Sept. 1996
[Contact allergies of the oral mucosa], Feb 1984
Contact allergy to denture materials in the burning mouth syndrome. Feb. 1988
Burning mouth syndrome: a possible etiologic role for local contact hypersensitivity. June, 1992
The role of allergy in oral mucosal diseases. Aug, 1993
Intraoral contact allergy: a literature review and case reports [see comments] Oct, 1998
Cyclic AMP and prostaglandins in periodontal disease. 1980