What is the mouth gut connection? I understand food entering through the mouth and traveling to the gut. Is there more ways they are connected?
Yes, the Mouth Gut Connection is way deeper than just a conveyer belt for food. Researchers have found that poor dental health effects the gut microbiome. Poor dental health usually means the person has poor gut health too.
The Mouth Gut Connection is part of the Gut Lung Axis.
Does This Connection Matter?
If you have Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Ulcerative Colitis, or Crohn’s Disease, these ailments can be further inflamed by poor dental conditions.
IBD, Ulcerative Colitis, and Crohn’s disease show an overgrowth of foreign gut Bacteria. These foreign bacteria are normally found in the mouth.
The Mouth Gut Connection Can Cause Gastrointestinal Health OR Disease
There are two ways the mouth gut connection can cause gut problems:
- Severe gum disease leads to an unhealthy microbiome in the mouth. This unhealthy microbiome causes an increase of the same bacteria in the gut, and causes inflammation. This nasty mouth bacteria weakens the stomach’s ability to fight off disease.
- Gum disease activates the T cells, which are white blood cells that can fight off just ONE type of virus. These T cells are soldiers on special assignment, with only one bad guy on their radar. This is a powerful immune response, when activated at the right time. BUT WHY would a person want these T cells to be fighting 24/7 in the mouth and the gut?
Both of these scenarios are causing an inflamed mouth, and unhealthy dental condition. Both the gut and the mouth are in weakened condition, and risk even greater gut issues. Living this way means our bodies are unable to handle any additional immune changes.
Improve Your Gut
By Taking Care Of Your Mouth
It’s important to recognize how dependent the lungs, mouth, and gut are upon each other. It’s way to easy to believe we can isolate our poor dental care to the mouth alone.
The Gut is the Second Brain, which means it shares the heavy load of keeping all the body systems running and healthy. When the mouth is overrun with nasty bacteria, it ends up in the gut. THEN the gut cannot do it’s job the best possible way.
Tips for the Mouth and Gut:
- Brush your teeth daily
- Use fluoride-free toothpaste (that affects the gut too)
- Floss or water pick your teeth each week
- See the dentist ASAP when you have a dental problem
All of these tips help to improve your overall health by using the mouth gut connection.
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