Healthy Teeth for a Healthy Body!
We have all heard about gut biome and how to have healthy gut means having a healthy teeth. Also we find great food options like prebiotics that help maintain gut biome but what about the oralmicrobiome?
A few amongst us have at least, heard something about oral hygiene and oral biomes and the impact they have on our overall health ! However, many people don’t realize the importance of the oral micro biome.
The micro biome by definition is “the collection of all microbes, such as bacteria, fungi and virus etc that naturally live on our bodies and inside us. Although microbes are so small that they require a microscope to see them, they contribute in big ways to human health and wellness.
Over 700 different species of bacteria have been identified to exist within the mouth’s delicately balanced environment!
This balance of bacteria in the mouth is the second largest and most diverse biome of the body, second only to the gut biome - which everyone is talking about. And like the other micro biomes of the body, an imbalance in the oral micro biome will lead to inflammation, illness, and diseases of the mouth and also the intestines - sometimes even causing heart attacks! While most people think of things like cavities and gum disease when it comes to mouth health and disease, an imbalanced oral micro biome can actually affect vital body organs! An unhealthy oral micro biome can contribute to IBS, gut cancer, a weak immune system, heart disease, anxiety and depression, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, obesity, PCOS in women.
What we do not realize is that your mouth mirrors what is happening in your body!
Healthy mouth, healthy body!
The gut micro biome is a complex ecosystem consisting mainly of bacterial cells, but also viruses, archaea, and fungi which work in harmony with the human body. It provides a range of benefits like strengthening the gut barrier, supporting the immune system, providing energy, and protecting you from opportunistic pathogens which could make you ill.
Healing the body helps heal the teeth, and vice versa.
Taking care of your teeth and gums is the First Step in restoring your precious oral micro biome environment!
- For a lot of people, brushing their teeth at least twice per day, regularly flossing and rinsing with mouthwash can be enough when it comes to dental hygiene, it shouldn’t be underestimated.
- Changing your lifestyle, like giving up smoking and eating wholesome foods like green veggies and fruits and reducing refined sugars greatly improves mouth biome ecosystem.
- Improving your diet and adding fresh crunchy salads will also benefit your gut micro biome and oral micro biome because good bacteria are picky eaters and much prefer plant-based foods.
- Plus, eating a diet rich in whole plant foods (and thus, dietary fibers and nutrients) helps to keep your health-promoting gut bacteria thriving. Doing so will increase the activity of the bacteria, strengthen your gut barrier, and support the immune system
Here are a few oralmicrobiomepromoter foods-
Luckily, adopting good oral hygiene and maintaining oralmicrobiomecan be positive both for your dental health, but also your heart, gut and bones!
The mouth microbiome is an indicator of your overall health and insurance for a healthy life!