Problem in oral health might be indicator of underlying problem in your digestive system. We again come back to the our friends “Microbes” or rather our “Hosts” 😊
The mouth microbiota directly connected with your gut microbiota
There is mounting evidence that the spectrum of microbial species living in the mouth is, both in diversity and in composition, a close representation of the microbiota inhabiting the upper GI tract. In a study to evaluate the influence of proton pump inhibitors on the luminal microbiota in the GI tract reported by Tsuda et al., an analysis of microbial samples taken from the oral cavity (saliva), the stomach (gastric fluid), and the colon (stools) of 45 individuals found that the bacteria are similar in overall species richness among the three microbiota irrespective of their different habitat. Importantly, however, the bacterial composition of the fecal microbiota was shown to be different from those of salivary and gastric fluid microbiota. Furthermore, the interindividual variability of fecal microbiota was much higher compared with that of salivary and gastric fluid microbiota as might be expected with the colon habitat being completely different from the other two habitats with respect to their biological and ecological features. Curiously, in a seemingly unconnected relationship, the placental microbiome is also reported to share similarity with that of the oral cavity and not those of the more proximal vaginal or gut flora._______________________________________________________________________
One of the function of Gut Microbiome is production of SCFA-Short chain fatty acid which inhibit inflammation.
“Gut Bacteria imbalances send inflammatory signals to your immune system. This means symptoms can occur all over your body, including your mouth. That’s why oral health can be useful for monitoring gut health. Bleeding gums (gingivitis) is a common sign of bacteria imbalance in your mouth that relates to your gut“
So when we use dumb antibacterial mouthwashes which can’t distinguish microbes from pathogen, we just are removing the symptoms not root cause.
“Many people think the best way to combat bad breath and improve oral hygiene is through using strong, sanitizing mouthwashes. They opt for powerful, astringent mouthwashes that zap their mouth’s bacteria hoping it will leave them with fresh, minty breath.
But that’s not how your mouth works.
Your mouth is actually a fine balance of microbes working together with your gut microbes and immune system to keep you healthy.
Imagine your mouth as a pleasant little coral reef with different corals, anemones, and other critters. These make up an ecosystem and each critter needs the other creatures to live and thrive. Even a little competition among species is fine because it keeps everything in balance. This comparison may seem like a silly metaphor, but it’s far more accurate than viewing your mouth as simply teeth, gums, and a tongue. Your mouth is much more than that.
Symbiotic relationships abound in your mouth’s ecosystem and collectively this is known as your oral microbiome. Your mouth contains about 500 to 1,000 different types of bacteria, enzymes that aid in digestion, proteins which provide nutrients for the helpful bacteria, and more.
To keep your mouth healthy, which keeps your body healthy, you need to think of your mouth as a living thing. So, when you see mouthwashes that claims to “kill 99% of germs” run far, far away.
What should I do then?
Buying swadesi brand of toothpaste selling same chemicals to kill “germs” 😊. Think again.
PS: It has been 2 years since using manjan from dung ash with improved oral and teeth health.
Some old posts for reference