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How Oral Health Connects to Whole-Body Health

October 30, 2018

A clean and healthy mouth has a direct correlation to your overall health. Researchers are discovering that taking care of your gums, teeth and tongue may seriously reduce serious health problems such as cardiovascular complications, blood glucose management and pregnancy complications, not just tooth decay and gum disease. Take a few moments to read this article and learn why taking the time to maintain good oral hygiene is really a “whole body” must-do!

Your mouth has much to say about your health and what’s going on inside you.

Look at these 12 signs that reveal your mouth needs more TLC

1. Halitosis

This oral issue can really have a negative impact on our day-to-day, and even make interactions with friends awkward. What creates bad breath is what’s occurring inside the stomach and digestive tract or inside the mouth. For example, if food isn’t moving through the GI tract fast enough, fermentation will result and this releases odorous gasses into the mouth. Every time you open your mouth, the gasses will escape, causing discomfort to you and the people around you.

One solution to this may be to do a safe, natural colon cleanse for six weeks and restore the normal peristaltic action of the GI tract. This may help your breath to be refreshing. And start taking a daily probiotic supplement.

Halitosis could also mean you have an infection in your mouth, in a tooth or in the gums. If this is the case, you’ll experience pain with it in the later stages. Your best solution is to go see your dentist for an examination. Your oral care practitioner will advise you from there.

2. White-Coated Tongue

White patches on the tongue could be a sign of cancer or chronic disease. This is called leukoplakia. If the tongue is white all over, this is a sign of Candida overgrowth in the gut. What you’re looking at is what can also be found throughout the gut lining.

The solution is first to start cleansing your colon, and control the candida overgrowth by following a candida elimination diet. Afterwards, consider getting a short series of colonic hydrotherapy sessions. Simultaneously, start observing the fiber intake in your diet and try to hit your goal of 30-35 grams per day.

If you need more high fiber foods, add things like blackberries, lentils, garbanzo beans, apples, and black beans to your diet.  Then pay extra attention to your oral hygiene. Finally, after a few weeks of these practices, see if there has been any change. If no changes were noted, then opt to try some Candida specific herbal formulas, or talk to your healthcare provider.

3. Black Hairy Tongue

This may seem to be an alarming sign but basically it just means that you took the wrong antibiotic, which caused the fungus that grows black hairy threads to reproduce wildly. Let your doctor know, so that you can switch your antibiotic out for the right one. Fungal diseases can become life-threatening so don’t take a chance on this one! Talk to your doctor sooner, rather than later.

4. Bleeding Gums

Gums that bleed could possibly point to the fact that bacteria have invaded the gums. The problem is that the invasion doesn’t stop there; they can travel next into the blood and to the heart as well as other organs, and seed these new places. This is how you can end up with bad infections that may eventually need hospitalization.

The solution is to get a dental hygienic cleaning and start a new, more thorough oral hygiene program with a new toothbrush, and healing toothpaste. Perhaps invest in a water pic, make flossing a regular nightly routine and use dental pickers after each meal.

5. Tooth Sensitivity

If your teeth are sensitive, it could signify a possible mineral deficiency weakening the teeth. Once you strengthen them, they should stop the feeling of hypersensitivity.

One easy way to strengthen teeth is with food-grade diatomaceous earth (DE). Wet your toothbrush and dip it into the earth, collecting about ½ inch “head” on top of your toothbrush bristles. Then place the earth close to the gum near the tooth that is hypersensitive. Close your mouth and let it soak in. This may alleviate the pain sensitivity in a few days. Keep up the procedure daily for a few weeks; the DE isn't harmful, and feeds the tissues of the mouth as well as the teeth.

6. Tongues that Looks Glossy Red

Tongues that have a glossy red look to them may point to a Vitamin B12 or iron deficiency, which should be verified with a blood test. Most medical doctors will run this test for you upon request. A vitamin B12 deficiency can cause long-term neurological damage or multiple sclerosis; an iron deficiency will cause cognitive decline, and pale skin along with fatigue. So get checked!

7. Dry Mouth

Dry mouth is a more common and bigger problem than most people realize. Mouths are not supposed to be dry; they should be pleasantly wet, which makes the right flora in the mouth happy. Without the right environment in the mouth, your entire GI tract microbiome (its flora) can easily get thrown off track.

Dry mouth is often due to medication side effects. If you have this, see if your doctor can recommend a substitute medication. Protect your GI flora at all costs; it’s one of your body’s largest immune system defenses.

8. Can’t Taste Food

If you can’t taste food very well, most likely your zinc levels are low. It’s also possible that a medication you are taking is causing this symptom. Make sure you're taking a daily multivitamin to ensure your nutrient levels are where they should be.

9. Plaque/Tartar on Teeth

Plaque on the teeth means a few things. First of all, it indicates you may not have ideal oral hygiene and need to set your timer on the electric toothbrush or perfect your brushing method.

Secondly, you may not be flossing frequently enough. Third, you may not have the right bacterial flora in your mouth.  And finally, plaque may be a sign of not enough calcium in your diet.

10. Scallops on Tongue That Match Teeth

When this occurs, you'll notice actual indentations on your tongue along the sides. It means one of three things:

  1. Your tongue is swollen and inflamed,
  2. You aren’t getting enough oxygen to your cells, or
  3. You have a vitamin B deficiency.
Your dentist and nutritionist can help you determine which one is the right reason why you have scallops.

 

11. Strawberry Tipped Tongue

With this condition, the very tip of your tongue looks brighter red than the rest of your tongue. This is a telltale sign of a vitamin B12 deficiency.

12. Burning Mouth

A burning mouth sensation is a neurological sign that should be checked out. It can mean a vitamin deficiency (usually vitamin B12) or it could indicate that something is going wrong neurologically. A medical doctor will make this diagnosis.

To look at your tongue up close and personal, use a hand held makeup mirror that enlarges whatever is seen in the mirror. Don’t forget to smile afterwards. 

Take charge of your overall health by spending a little more time on your oral hygiene care each day. You will not only feel cleaner, your breath, teeth, gums and tongue will be fresh and your friends will be happier you did too!

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