Connection Between Dental and Gut Health.
Posted on 9/11/2023 by Nancy Shiba DDS
|The complex relationship between dental and gut health reveals a fascinating tapestry. At the center of these connections is the mysterious oral microbiome, a collection of different microorganisms that live in the mouth and are connected to the gut microbiome, which lives in the complex passageways of the digestive system.
How is the Gut and Mouth Connected?
The oral microbiome, a fascinating little world full of bacteria, fungi, and viruses, is vital to maintaining dental health. When this delicate balance is thrown off by bad tooth hygiene or eating too many sweets, harmful bacteria take over, causing many dental problems. Tooth decay, gum disease, and even the feared bad breath can be signs of this microbial rebellion.
On the other hand, unhealthy gut bacteria take a toll on oral health. An imbalance in this active microbial community, often caused by a bad diet, constant stress, or the harmful effects of drugs, leads to systemic inflammation, immune dysfunction, and digestive problems. This imbalance in the mouth causes dry mouths, swollen gums, and a growing susceptibility to oral infections.
Intriguingly, some of the same bacteria live in both the oral and gut microbiomes. This is like having a constellation of tooth and gut health living in both places.
Ways to Protect the Gut and Mouth Health.
To unlock the doors to overall health, you must be committed to caring for both your oral and gut microbiomes. This noble goal is based on the tenets of good oral health, which include always brushing, constantly flossing, and taking care of your mouth as a whole. Also, plenty of wonderful fruits, veggies, and fiber-rich treats help good bacteria grow and thrive in the gut's thick area. Adding probiotics, full of bugs that keep us alive and help us stay healthy, creates a partnership between oral and gut health. Contact us today to schedule an appointment or for further information or questions.