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Exploring Links Between the Gut Microbiome and Your Smile

A surgical prosthodontist’s job is to craft the perfect functional, healthy smile for patients. Yet an overlooked aspect of oral health is the intricate connection between the gut and the mouth and what one can tell you about the other.

The mouth and digestive system have microbes or groups of bacteria that work to keep the body healthy. This complex network of bacteria, viruses and fungi-collectively known as the microbiome-connects these two and support each areas together. The gut microbe and the mouth biome are like close cousins; they get along well together and support each other. However, an imbalance in either can lead to health issues in the other.

For example, tooth decay is a warning sign that a patient’s gut microbiome isn’t functioning the way it should.

The gut has the very important responsibility of absorbing food, processing it and converting it into nutrients that will be sent throughout the body. A balanced gut microbiome works to eliminate toxins, digest food, protect the body against infections and regulate mood.

An imbalance means not all the nutrients consumed make it out of the gut and into the rest of the circulatory and organ systems. This includes the teeth, which begin to decay without proper nutrition.

An imbalanced gut microbiome can also increase inflammation throughout the body, affecting the gums and elevating the risk of periodontal diseases.

Cavities and gum disease are common issues that stem from or contribute to imbalances in the oral biome. When harmful bacteria overrule the mouth, periodontal disease can fester, characterized by inflammation, bleeding and tooth loss.

Swallowing that harmful bacteria will inevitably introduce them to the gut, where they’ll disrupt the delicate balance of the gut biome. This disruption leads to increased risk of gastrointestinal disorders, such as inflammatory bowel disease and irritable bowel syndrome. It also contributes to the development of systemic conditions, such as diabetes and cardiovascular conditions.

So how can you keep your gut microbiome and mouth healthy?

Eat a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains to feed the good bacteria in your gut, which help keep everything balanced.

Take probiotics or eat foods that contain good bacteria, such as greek yogurt, and fermented foods, such as sauerkraut and kombucha, to introduce beneficial bacteria to your gut. And, of course, take care of your oral hygiene. Find a routine that works for you and your lifestyle and stick to it.

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