The Oral Microbiome Gateway to Health
Aug 31, 2020 08:30AM
By Dr. Haley Freymiller
Much has been said about the microbiome, but not much has been written about the importance of oral microbiome.
The microbiome is made up of bacteria, fungus and other microscopic organisms. Many people consider the microbiome to be just in the gut; however, the oral cavity is the gateway and the start of the gut. There are more than a billion microorganisms in the mouth, most are beneficial. Without a balanced oral microbiome, you can’t have a balanced gut microbiome or healthy mouth.
A microbiome that is in dysbiosis, or is unbalanced, causes disease in the mouth, such as caries and periodontal disease. Caries (tooth decay) is caused by a low pH, when acidic bacteria and poor diet come together. Periodontal disease is caused by inflammation from a pathologic microbiome that leads to leaky gum, where bacteria invade the blood stream.
So, how does one groom a healthy oral microbiome? Regular visits to the hygienist remove the biofilm that is attached to the teeth. This is where the bacteria live and replicate. Left uncleaned and untouched, the population becomes pathogenic. A healthy lifestyle, diet, excellent oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist promote oral health.
The bacterial makeup of the mouth influences the health of both the mouth and body. To take control of the oral microbiome, a good place to start is with a thorough dental exam and cleaning, and don’t forget the floss!
Haley Freymiller, DM provides dental and dental onconlogy care at Smile Design & Wellness Center (SDWC). SDWC is located at 5445 Village Drive, Suite 100, in Viera. For more information, call 321-751-7775 or visit SmileDesignCenter.us.