What Is Leaky Gut And The Oral Connection
Just like every other part of the body, your mouth is connected to your gut. When there are gut imbalances, oral health may suffer and vice versa. One of the ways leaky gut will manifest itself is through the common periodontal disease known as gingivitis, also known as the inflammation of the gums. (Leaky gums)
The importance of a healthy microbiome is a balanced microbiome; this refers to the balance of microorganisms that live in the digestive tract and other parts of your body. Maintaining the right balance of these microorganisms is vital for both physical, mental, and oral health.
So let’s talk about your gut.
Many people don’t realize that when we talk about the immune system, a lot of it can be related to the health of your gut. In fact, over 70% of our immune system is in the gut.
Not only are inflammatory markers in the gut linked to the brain’s health, but gut bacteria also produce an estimated 90% of the body’s serotonin in the digestive tract.
This is why we recommend supporting the health of your gut and doing your best to reduce factors that affect its integrity.
What affects the integrity of our gut?
- Chronic stress
- Overuse of unnecessary antibiotics
- Inadequate sleep
- Lack of physical exercise
- Poor diet
- Infections left untreated
- Our modern environment being too hygienic (basically not exposing ourselves to as many bacteria as we used to)
What can help improve the gut microbiome and improve overall health?
Consuming a nutrient-rich diet full of vitamins, minerals, fiber, prebiotic and probiotic-rich foods. Probiotics are good bacteria, and prebiotics are plant fibers that help these healthy bacteria flourish. Regular movement (exercise alters our microbiome), adequate sleep, and reducing overall stress can be super helpful. Daily brushing and flossing are a few ways to keep a balance of good mouth bacteria.
Ready To Take Control Of Your Health?
If you’re due (or past due) for an oral health assessment, or if you have questions about your oral health or integrative holistic dentistry, Holistic Dental Center New Jersey can help. Give us a call at (973) 718-5104 or contact us online for more information.