myFM: Does health start in the mouth?

by Lianne Phillipson April 28, 2021

myFM: Does health start in the mouth?

You might think it’s your plate, or maybe even your fork, but I’m going to say it all starts with the mouth. What on earth am I talking about? I’m talking about digestion and health that surprisingly can be negatively affected by what’s going on in your mouth.

Think about it… Your stomach doesn’t have teeth. So first, having healthy teeth in your mouth is, well, kinda important. Not having gum disease, or pink or red, bleeding gums, because that means that there’s bacteria and a lack of vitamin C to keep infection at bay and your gums in good shape. Oh and the known fact that gum disease and heart attack are linked is enough to take a second look in the mirror at your gums.

Check out this list that’s associated with what's going on in your mouth:

  • obesity
  • diabetes
  • cardiovascular disease
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • autoimmune disease
  • inflammatory bowel disease
  • premature birth
  • dementia

All of the above are directly connected to poor oral health. Can you believe that microbes in the mouth get absorbed and then go up into the brain, causing inflammation?

That watery liquid in your mouth is called salivary amylase, and it (along with your teeth) begins the journey of digestion. What about the fillings, root canals or missing teeth? Silent infection can live in your mouth, leaving your immune system pooped when it’s faced with yet another virus. Each tooth in your mouth is associated with an organ and system along the meridian line that it falls in. Check out this chart from Maxwell Dental - you’ll be amazed at what you can link together. 

Got bad breath? Not nice at all for you or anyone around you. Dry mouth and dehydration, bacteria hiding at the back of your mouth, protein rich foods and sugar all contribute. Tips for that are here. Why to use an electric toothbrush, my recommendations of Sunshine D3+K2 and Bio Boost from my Take This by Lianne supplement line, along with foods to enjoy are also in this episode. 

Next time you sit in that dentist chair, know more about what’s going on there too.

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