By naturopath Margaret Jasinska
The health of your teeth and gums has an enormous bearing on your overall state of health, and it is also a reflection of your general health. Commonly patients with digestive problems have issues with their gums or teeth. This may be a reflection of malabsorption of nutrients, chronic infections, and/or overgrowth of bacteria or yeast in the gut.
Our mouths are just teeming with bacteria, and that’s how it’s supposed to be. Problems occur when too much of the wrong microorganisms are allowed to flourish. This can be a consequence of poor diet choices, poor oral hygiene practices, or digestive disorders. Did you know that Dr. Steven L. Miller, a research cardiologist at the University of Utah discovered that bacteria from your mouth are the same bacteria found within unstable plaques in the arteries of the heart? Therefore bacteria in your mouth may trigger the development of atherosclerosis.
This discovery opened the door to much more research, which has since determined that bacteria from your mouth can infect almost any organ of your body.
Aside from thorough yet gentle brushing, flossing and regular check ups with your dentist, the following can all help to keep your mouth healthy: