DISCLOSURE: Noelle Copeland RDH is an Oral Care Specialist and Dental Consultant who provides content for Brilliant Oral Care and Baby Buddy.
Your gut is your second brain. If your gut is unhealthy, other parts of the body will share that same fate. Just think about acid reflux. It starts in the gut, and the side effects end up in the mouth and have a devastating impact on the enamel of the teeth. How about yeast? Yeast overgrowth in the gut travels throughout the digestive tract and can cause oral, genital, and skin yeast infections.
How your gut impacts your oral health
- Dysbiosis– An imbalance of the microbiome that leads to inflammation and disease.
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD gut dysbiosis) patients have higher amounts of Streptococcus, Prevotella, Neisseria, Haemophilus, Veilonella, and Gemella bacterial species in their oral environments and IBD patients also frequently struggle with oral issues like chronic inflammation, dry mouth, and recurrent ulcers.
- The Immune system is mainly found within the GI tract; it’s the foundation and function of everything. Suppose there is dysbiosis within the gut, then the immune system stalls at working in total capacity. And since immunity starts in your mouth, these two systems feed off the health of one another.
- Leaky Gut and Leaky Mouth- An imbalance in the gut can lead to open pathways within the digestive walls that allow GI fluids to leak into the circulatory system, causing an immune and inflammatory response; we call this leaky gut! Leaky Mouth is the same concept, just within the mouth. When the oral microbiome is imbalanced, the tissues become more permeable, allowing pathogenic oral bacteria a pathway to leak directly past the gums and into the circulatory system. This is one of the reasons why expectant mothers who have chronic periodontitis or other oral infections are at a higher risk of delivering a preterm, low birth weight baby. Her leaky gums allow pathogenic oral bacteria to enter her circulatory system, crossing the placenta during gestation, directly affecting the growth and development of the baby due to an inflammatory response initiated by the bacteria entering the placenta.
- A healthy gut is vital to your overall risk assessment for diseases of the brain and nervous system. This includes Anxiety, Depression, Alzheimer’s, Multiple Sclerosis, and others.
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Noelle Copeland RDH is an Oral Care Specialist and Dental Consultant who provides content for Brilliant Oral Care and Baby Buddy.