I was abit shocked the other day to find some improvement along the gum line, so checked… http://bit.ly/183Qu7s . It’s no surprise that running would improve gum lines. Many of you will probably know that gum health is predictive for cardiovascular disease. The gums were already exceptionally healthy, which is why I was so shocked by the improvement. Running works. People used to say that the gums could not be regenerated. We now know better. There are some reports of gum soreness from running, but it is likely transient, and some adverse microorganisms probably can’t hack the training. Immune withdrawal and changes in the microflora also likely explain some of this discomfort. I’d suggest some disinfectant mouthwash. Massage it into the gum line with your tongue.
They are still studying the correlation between gum line and system inflammation: Clin Chim Acta:Degree of gingivitis correlates to systemic inflammation… It reminds me of the warnings that we have had about systemic inflammation, but also of NSAID and COXIB abuse. One would infer then that running reduces systemic inflammation. CR aficionados might recognize this – Cyclosporine-induced gingival overgrowth correlates with NFAT-reg… According to Wikipedia,”NFAT is also involved in the development of cardiac, skeletal muscle”. One supposes that physical activity suppresses NFAT in T-cells to reduce free radical load. Essentially, running would reduce adverse immune invasion in the gum line. and in other places as well, which explains many of the pleasant effects. This is also likely related to the beneficial adaptations in cardiac and skeletal muscle, and opposed to aberrant remodeling, such as fibrosis. It is not difficult to imagine how the CR-memetic flavonoids and polyphenols might amplify this beneficial effect of running. These molecules are known to affect NFAT activity.
Adverse immune invasion is coming to the forefront as one of the primary effects of aging. The effect of running and these molecules gladly appears to be ADDITIVE in this case. One of the great things about running is what it teaches you about the difference between pain and discomfort. Avoid abuse of painkillers. Less inflammatory load means that runners may need less aspirin and other painkillers, not more.