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Sheri Salartash, DDS, MAGD
10 Signs Your Mouth Is Making You Sick
Dental Excellence Integrative Center / Dynamic Dental Wellness
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10 Signs Your Mouth Is Making You Sick

10 Signs Your Mouth Is Making You Sick

Most people think of the mouth as a place where food comes in and where you smile, but it is far more than that. The mouth is the gateway to the rest of your body, and affects the rest of the body’s health. The truth is that your oral health impacts your systemic health and can manifest warning signs of something more serious occurring.

  1. Leaky gut and dental issues are a chick and the egg situation. It’s hard to determine where exactly the problem starts, the gut or the mouth. The mouth is the beginning of the gut, and anything that enters the mouth will also enter the gut. It is known that the same type of inflammation that causes leaky gut also causes gum disease. Without addressing the mouth, little progress can be made to heal the gut.
  2. Grinding and clenching is not just a bad habit but can be signs of stress, trauma, unresolved problems, and abnormal jaw position and growth. Grinding and clenching can also be related to sleep apnea and airway problems. The ultimate treatment for long-lasting healing is to consider addressing the jaw and airway structure.
  3. Nighttime urination is often connected with sleep apnea and airway issues. It can occur even if you don’t snore. This affects both adults and children. It can cause long-term damage on the overall health.
  4. Chronic headaches can be a sign that something more serious is occurring. Old mercury fillings release toxins for more than 30 years. These toxins can pass the blood brain barrier and placenta, causing heavy metal exposure and a variety of symptoms such as headaches. Bone infections in the jaw can also be a contributing factor.
  5. Autoimmune disease is the result of a genetic predisposition, leaky gut, and environmental trigger. For example, if you are predisposed to have an autoimmune disease and have a leaky gut, oral infection (environmental factor) can trigger the autoimmune disease.
  6. Food intolerances are the result of dysbiosis of bacteria in the oral and gut environment. If the mouth has an imbalance of microbiome there is a large chance the gut, has it too. Harsh bacteria-killing oral care products, such as alcohol-based mouthwash, can often cause an imbalance of microbiome. The good microbiome is constantly being killed, allowing the bad microbiome to over grow. Probiotic or prebiotic products are a good alternative and can help restore the good oral microbiome.
  7. Joint pain is caused by inflammation of the joints. Research has discovered that people with joint pain are also likely to have oral infection, cavities, periodontal disease, and imbalanced of oral microbiome.
  8. Chronic infections can be due to harmful bacteria or infections lurking in cavitation, old root canals, and even old fillings and crowns. Bacteria from the mouth can easily travel and infect the rest of the body.
  9. Bleeding gums is a major warning sign that something else is going on, and should not be ignored. Bleeding gums cause gum disease, which has been found to be link to heart disease, strokes, and pre-term labor.
  10. Bad breath can be embarrassing but it’s a major indicator of an unhealthy mouth. There can be multiple issues at play, such as imbalanced oral microbiome, gum disease, gut issues, abnormal saliva pH, and even silent infections in old root canals, cavitation, and crowns.

When you understand the connection between oral health and systemic health you know that good oral health can ultimately save your life.

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