We are often taught that germs or bacteria, is harmful to our health. We are constantly urged to wash our hands or use hand sanitizer to kill germs and prevent sickness. But, did you know that not all bacteria are bad? Certain bacteria is actually good for our bodies. Your intestinal microbiome is crucial to your health, well-being, and immune function. But, it is the link between healthy oral microbiome and gut microbiome that is interesting.
Let us begin by taking a look at gut microbiome, what it is and its purpose.
Our guts contain tens of trillions of microorganisms that aid in digestion, help support a healthy immune system, and produces vitamins (B and K). But, when these microorganisms change, it could point to a problem in our body. What causes this change, and what can we do about it?
Recent research shows that the gut microbiome has been connected to several autoimmune disorders. It is not considered a typical autoimmune disease, but one ailment that falls into that category is multiple sclerosis.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an incurable, progressive disease that erodes the myelin sheathing that covers nerve cells in the brain and spinal column. MS patients usually suffer from numbness in their limbs, deterioration of speech, muscle control issues, vision problems and chronic fatigue.
Recent research demonstrates a change in the gut microbiomes in MS patients that may be linked to the disorder itself. Patients with MS have shown an increase in Methanobrevibacter and Akkermansia, which are microorganisms found in the gut. In a recent study, two groups of patients showed an elevation in breath methane that is consistent with these microbe changes. More research is necessary to come to any concrete conclusions that changes in these gut microbiomes occur as a consequence of MS, or play a role in developing the disease itself.
One overlooked area of the gut microbiome is the oral microbiome, located at the opening to the intestinal tract. A healthy mouth, in short, is essential to having a healthy gut. Keeping a healthy mouth maintains the delicate harmony between the mouth and gut, and the microbiomes that can help control mental health, weight and even resistance to cognitive issues such as dementia.
For you to maintain healthy oral microbiomes and the stasis between the oral and gut microbiomes, it is important for you to manage and maintain good oral health by brushing and flossing daily, and visiting the dentist twice a year for routine checkups and cleanings. If you are plagued with gum disease, be sure to get it under control by receiving the necessary treatment at the dentist. Ignoring gum disease could result in bad oral bacteria spreading throughout the body, affecting the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, and other vital organs of the body.
At Wall Street Dentistry we offer comprehensive oral health care for patients of all ages. Contact our office at (256) 878-0525 today to schedule an appointment.
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