Oral And Digestive Health
The mouth is where physical and chemical digestive processes begin; therefore, it plays an integral part in
the digestive process. As a result, the state of your teeth and gums might affect your digestive health. It’s
also worth noting that gastrointestinal issues might impact your dental health.
Suppose you have very few good bacteria or excessively harmful ones. In that case, this imbalance sends an
inflammatory signal to your immune system, causing various symptoms to occur throughout the body –
including the mouth. Thus, we can monitor dental health by examining gut health.
Gut dysbiosis is a bacterial imbalance in the gut. Healthy people tend to have sufficient beneficial gut
bacteria to maintain a functioning and strong gut lining. This equilibrium supports a healthy immune
However, if dangerous bacteria overgrow and create inflammation and a leak in the gut lining, various
symptoms might develop. These can be:
When a layer of bacteria forms on the teeth, it irritates the gums. Gingivitis can progress to periodontitis,
a more severe illness that can lead to tooth loss if left untreated.
This issue arises when the stomach leaks, allowing undigested food and poisons to circulate throughout
the body easily. Your mouth is less capable of fending off the invaders that cause tooth decay as your
immune system weakens.
Conversely, dental decay can lead to digestive issues too. Chewing is dependent on healthy teeth and
gums. You may be unable to chew your food correctly if your teeth are decayed or missing or if gum
disease makes chewing uneasy. As a result, stomach issues may arise. Furthermore, germs are most likely
moving through your digestive tract with the food and saliva you swallow if you have gum disease. It’s also
possible that your digestive system will become imbalanced due to this.
Digestive disorders affect your teeth and gums.
Acids from your stomach can reach your mouth if you have gastroesophageal reflux disease or heartburn.
Acids can destroy tooth enamel if this happens. This may lead to erosion of teeth. Several erosive lesions
can be observed on the inner side of teeth due to prolonged exposure of the teeth’ surface to stomach
acid. In addition, the acids wear off the enamel of the teeth. This may lead to severe teeth sensitivity and,
in extreme cases, pain and teeth fracture.
Other Signs of Gastrointestinal Problems in the Mouth
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, frequently manifests
in the mouth. This is especially common among children. Among the warning signs are Mouth sores,
Infection, Bleeding gums, swollen gums, etc. Several medicines used to treat IBD might induce gingivitis,
dry mouth, or an irritated tongue.
While consulting your dentist, do not forget to mention if you have a gastrointestinal issue. Also, note any
medications you’re taking for these issues.
So Oral And Digestive Health is a key element in whole body health.
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