The Gut- Brain connection and how oral care helps nurture it
If anytime you have taken a decision based on your ‘gut feeling’ or felt butterflies in your stomach when you get nervous (okay, when you see that special someone!), it is likely that you are getting signals from your second brain, your gut. Hidden in the walls of your digestive system is your gut, silently influencing your digestion, overall health, mood and even the way you think.
GUT – BRAIN AXIS
Unlike the big brain; your gut cannot decide how to write a cheque or a quote but controls the digestive system. From swallowing the food to the release of enzymes and controlling the blood flow along with nutrients absorption. Your gut communicates back and forth with the big brain. There are more than 100 million nerve cells and bacteria in the GI (gastrointestinal) tract and they keep communicating with your brain through hormones. Hormones are chemical messengers that are secreted into the blood, which carry them to the organs in the body to exert their functions. These bacteria and nerve cells play a vital role in promoting digestion, absorption of nutrition while also working on hormone balance and thereby overall health. With the brain and the gut working in a bi-directional manner, they could affect each other's functions and significantly impact stress, anxiety, depression, and cognition (ncbi.nlm.nih.gov). There are specific types of gut bacteria that may generate neurotransmitters such as serotonin which may change the brain chemistry and cause depressive mood. A regular workout routine, balanced diet along with cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) which helps to manage problems by changing the way one thinks and behaves is believed to have positive effect on GI symptoms such as IBS (Irritable bowel syndrome).
HOW CAN ORAL CARE HELP IN NURTURING GUT-BRAIN CONNECTION?
Bacteria from the oral cavity can travel into the gut and cause infections. Bad breath, mouth ulcers that don't heal in more than two weeks, fungal development in the mouth, swollen or bleeding gums, and tonsillitis are some indications of an unhealthy oral microbiome. Metallic taste or dry mouth can also be an indication of an imbalance. Keeping the oral microbiome healthy plays a key role in shaping up the overall health profile. An oral hygiene routine that nourishes the good bacteria in your oral microbiome may support your gut health by promoting digestion and reducing inflammation.
ROLE OF DENTE91 IN PROMOTING ORAL CARE
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‘Gut Microbiome and Depression: How Microbes Affect the Way We Think’, Therese Limbana, corresponding author Farah Khan, and Noha Eskander. doi: 10.7759/cureus.9966.