NOT ONLY ORAL HEALTH, BRUSHING YOUR TEETH CAN IMPROVE YOUR GUT HEALTH TOO!!!
Ever heard of the phrase, ‘It’s what’s on the inside that counts?’ Well, we’re here to tell you that this applies to your physical health as well. In order to improve your overall health, you may be exercising and eating the right foods, but it is crucial to incorporate certain lifestyle habits, like sleeping at the right time and yes, taking care of your oral health as well. Your mouth is the doorway to your digestive and respiratory system, so it is important to take care of your oral health as it can affect your gut health and in turn, your overall health as well.
The Connection Between Oral Health and Gut Health
Picture this; your mouth is a tiny town where little people, biologically known as microorganisms, reside. This tiny town is called the oral microbiome, where a collection of microorganisms and bacteria settle on the walls of your mouth and the surface of your teeth. When harmful bacteria enters this town, through mediums like food, they can change and disrupt the environment. In other words, it can destroy the natural oral microbiome and cause infections by destroying good bacteria.
As the mouth is directly connected to the gut, this harmful bacteria can eventually travel to your gut while swallowing. This is why it’s crucial to take care of your oral microbiome and practise the right oral hygiene habits to take care of your gut health, because what enters your mouth eventually reaches your gut.
How Proper Oral Hygiene Improves Your Gut Health
Research suggests that oral bacteria can spread from your mouth to your gut and cause infections since they are directly connected to each other. Here is how oral health can impact and improve gut health. (Source: ncbi.nlm.nih.gov)
1. Prevents Harmful Bacteria from Reaching Your Gut
Poor oral hygiene can cause issues such as plaque build-up, tartar, and gum diseases like gingivitis. These issues can lead to an increase in harmful bacteria in your mouth which can build up over time and ultimately travel to the stomach. Once it reaches there, it can cause inflammation or infections.
Although the stomach is known to fight off certain foreign bacteria, some oral germs can weaken this ability to resist harmful bacteria. A good oral hygiene routine is what will cleanse your mouth from harmful bacteria, preventing them from reaching your gut and causing health problems.
2. Prevents Stomach Inflammation
Research also shows that gum disease activates the immune system’s T cells that exist in the mouth. If these cells travel to your gut, it can worsen the inflammation in the stomach. Hence, cleansing your teeth frequently will prevent this from happening.
3. Lesser Risk of IBD
When the stomach’s ability to fight off infection has been weakened and harmful bacteria and cells have contributed to worsening stomach inflammation, it can eventually lead to a higher risk for IBD. Brushing your teeth is one measure you can take to prevent bacteria from reaching your gut and causing these health problems. (Source: pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov)
How to Improve Your Oral Hygiene for a Healthy Gut
Fortunately, there are a few simple things you can do to improve your oral hygiene so you can keep your gut healthy.
1. Brush Your Teeth
Make sure you brush your teeth twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening to maintain good bacteria. Using the right dental products is also extremely important. Dente91’s toothpaste is specially formulated with Lactoferrin and Nano Hyadroxyaptite, which strengthens the enamel and boosts its ability to fight harmful bacteria. You should also make it a point to floss your teeth once a day, preferably before you sleep at night.
2. Incorporate Mouthwash in Your Routine
It’s a good practice to use mouthwash in your daily routine after you consume a meal, and most importantly after you consume sugary foods. It helps cleanse your teeth from the bacteria that might have settled there in the course of the day.
3. Avoid Sugar and Acidic Foods
Sugar converts into acid on your teeth which can damage your enamel and make it a breeding ground for harmful bacteria. As much as you love chocolates and sweets, it would be a good idea to avoid them. However, if you happen to indulge you should always rinse your mouth with mouthwash afterwards.
4. Eat Fiber-rich and Probiotic Foods
Fibre-rich foods like apples, pears, beans and broccoli can help keep your teeth clean naturally and lower the accumulation of harmful bacteria. In addition, probiotic foods like buttermilk and yoghurt are good for your oral and gut health, as they increase the number of good bacteria present in your mouth and gut.
Next time you’re brushing your teeth, remember that you are not only brushing for your oral health, but for your overall health as well. A strict oral care routine and a healthy diet can go a long way in improving your gut health.