By now, we’ve all at least heard something about oral hygiene and oral biomes and the impact they have on our overall health !
However, many people don’t realize the importance of the oral microbiome.
It is surprisingly effective in maintaining great oral health!
Over 700 different species of bacteria have been identified to exist within the mouth’s delicately balanced colony.
Amazing isn’t it ?!!!
This balance of bacteria in the mouth is the second largest and most diverse biome of the body, second only to the gut. And like the other microbiomes of the body, an imbalance in the oral microbiome will lead to inflammation, illness, and diseases of the mouth and the intestines even heart attacks !
While most people think of things like cavities and gum disease when it comes to mouth health and disease, an imbalanced oral microbiome can actually affect so much more.
An unhealthy oral microbiome can contribute to IBS, gut cancer, a weak immune system, heart disease, anxiety and depression, alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, obesity, PCOS in women .
What we do not realise is that your mouth mirrors what is happening in your body!
Healthy mouth , healthy body !
The gut microbiome is a complex ecosystem consisting mainly of bacterial cells, but also viruses, archaea, and fungi which work in harmony with the human body. It provides a range of benefits like strengthening the gut barrier, supporting the immune system, providing energy, and protecting you from opportunistic pathogens which could make you ill.
Healing the body helps heal the mouth, and vice versa.
Read on for six ways to care for your oral microbiome health that actually work to whiten your teeth and also keep you healthy .
For a lot of people, brushing their teeth at least twice per day, regularly flossing and rinsing with mouthwash can be enough when it comes to dental hygiene, it shouldn’t be underestimated.
- Changing your lifestyle, like giving up smoking and eating wholesome foods that are low in refined sugars greatly improves mouth biome ecosystem.
- Improving your diet and adding fresh fruits and salads will also benefit your gut microbiome and oral microbiome because good bacteria are picky eaters and much prefer plant-based foods.
- Plus, eating a diet rich in whole plant foods (and thus, dietary fibres and nutrients) helps to keep your health-promoting gut bacteria thriving. Doing so will increase the activity of the bacteria, strengthen your gut barrier, and support the immune system
Some known Foods for a healthy mouth microbiome
yoghurt apples garlic
mousami barley onions
Oranges berries oats
salad citrus mushrooms
Luckily, adopting good oral hygiene and maintaining oral biome can be positive both for your dental health, but also your wider health.
For further guidance visit any Partha Clinic