REM­EDY 411

Gum dis­ease and other oral health prob­lems can be a sign that your body is out of bal­ance

Amazing Wellness - - CONTENTS - By Emily A. Kane, ND, LAc

Why Oral Health Mat­ters Gum dis­ease and other oral health prob­lems can be a sign that your body is out of bal­ance.

Did you know that poor den­tal/oral health can in­crease the risk for other dis­eases? The link be­tween poor oral health and car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease has long been es­tab­lished. And more re­cently, re­searchers have been tak­ing a great deal of in­ter­est in the gut-brain axis, which in­volves the con­nec­tion be­tween in­testi­nal health and men­tal health. The good bugs that re­side through­out our bod­ies—in­clud­ing in the mouth—work in many ways, largely by help­ing to di­gest nu­tri­ents so they can be ab­sorbed, and also by help­ing to form en­zymes and neu­ro­trans­mit­ters, in­clud­ing adren­a­line, cor­ti­sol, sero­tonin, and GABA. This del­i­cate bal­ance of mi­crobes in the mouth and the rest of the di­ges­tive tract can be thrown out of whack eas­ily, cre­at­ing a range of health prob­lems. For in­stance, there is a lot of mi­croflo­radis­rupt­ing junk out there pos­ing as “food.” I don’t want to sound judg­men­tal, but I’m al­ways shocked when I walk into a su­per­store and see aisle upon aisle of fluffed-up, GMO-laced corn­carbs with ar­ti­fi­cial fla­vor­ings. Pro­tect your brain! Don’t walk down these aisles.

YOUR MOUTH IS FULL OF BAC­TE­RIA & WHY IT MAT­TERS

The mu­cosa-cov­ered sur­faces in your mouth are prime tar­gets for bac­te­ria, and var­i­ous types can be found on the throat, tongue, teeth, and gums no mat­ter how healthy you are—es­pe­cially Strep­to­coc­cus, Neis­se­ria, Fu­sobac­terium, and Prevotella bac­te­ria. Re­cent re­search shows that Parkin­son’s pa­tients are low in Prevotella bugs in their mouth and gut.

The mouth is sub­jected to con­stant en­vi­ron­men­tal changes, and any dis­tur­bance in the mouth leads to changes in mi­croflora. When con­di­tions are dis­rupted, and the help­ful bac­te­ria are out­num­bered by path­o­genic bac­te­ria, dis­eases can oc­cur. Some of the same bac­te­ria that cause bad breath on the tongue will cause pe­ri­odon­tal dis­ease be­tween the gum and the tooth sur­face.

To help re­store bac­te­rial bal­ance to your mouth and throat, pro­bi­otic for­mu­las fea­tur­ing Strep­to­coc­cus sali­var­ius K12 are avail­able. These are de­signed to sup­port your body’s key nat­u­ral de­fense sys­tem. In ad­di­tion to pro­bi­otics, cal­cium, mag­ne­sium, sil­ica, zinc, vi­ta­min C, and CoQ10 are all im­por­tant for oral health.

WHAT ELSE CAN YOU DO?

Brush and floss your teeth twice daily. If your teeth are ir­reg­u­larly spaced, also con­sider wa­ter-pik­ing. Rinse your mouth out right af­ter eat­ing any­thing, even a small snack. Eat lively foods (e.g., pick­les, yo­gurt, kimchi) and raw foods daily. Go easy on an­i­mal prod­ucts, or go ve­gan. Check it out. You might feel even bet­ter!

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