Oral Health—Gut Connection

Your mouth and gut have a close bond. Oral health can have a direct impact on your gut health and vice versa.  80 % of health concerns begin in the mouth.  Your mouth is the entry point to the digestive and respiratory tracts and some of these bacteria can cause inflammation.  

Normally the body’s natural defenses and good oral health care, such as daily brushing, flossing and Waterpik irrigation, keep bacteria under control.   However, without proper oral hygiene, bacteria can reach levels that might lead to oral infections such as tooth decay and gum disease.

Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body—Making the Connection

Periodontal or gum disease is common in people with chronic disease like heart disease or diabetes.  Gum disease is an infection and inflammation that affects the tissue and bone that support the teeth.  An infection is caused by bacteria in plaque, a sticky film that’s found on your teeth.  Your body naturally reacts to the infection and your gums become inflamed – red, puffy and swollen.

Oral health might be linked to various health challenges:

Cardiovascular events. Research suggests that heart disease, clogged arteries and stroke might be linked to the inflammation and infections that oral bacteria can cause.

Endocarditis. This infection of the inner lining of the heart chambers or valve occurs typically when bacteria or germs from other parts of the body like the mouth, spread through your bloodstream and attach to certain areas in your heart.

Alzheimer’s.  Deteriorating oral health is seen as Alzheimer’s disease progresses.

Oral health offers clues about your overall health.  80% of your immunity is in your gut.  Difficult health issues are common with infections, toxic materials and periodontal issues found in the mouth.  The mouth cavity is the second largest reservoir of bacteria.  So regular brushing, irrigation, nutrition and a healthy lifestyle are vital for achieving whole body well-being.  It is also imperative to work at the deeper layers of the body so chemistry will change. It is truly a privilege to be apart of the patients health solutions.