A Healthy Oral Microbiome-The Key to Systemic Health article published in natural awakenings illustrates how important oral health is and how imbalances in our oral microbiome can lead to serious health issues.
Microbiomes & Their Purpose
When we think of the human microbiome, we typically think of the gut microbiome in the lower gastrointestinal tract. However, research has discovered many unique microbiomes throughout the body, such as the mouth, urogenital tract and the skin. Each of these microbiomes exists to provide a protective health benefit for their specific location and to support the immune system by decreasing inflammation from elevated cytokines.
The oral microbiome has fascinated researchers. Besides being the second-largest microbiome (after the gut), the oral microbiome presents an incredibly biodiverse collection of microorganisms. When microbiomes are well-balanced, the beneficial probiotic bacteria effectively compete with pathogenic bacteria. When unbalanced, the microbiome becomes unhealthy, which research links to several diseases, including cardiovascular, stroke, nitric oxide imbalances, pneumonia and rheumatoid arthritis. It is thought that the dysbiotic bacteria in the mouth increase the risk of these diseases either by direct invasion or by causing an immune-inflammatory response that extends into the systemic circulation.
Studies of Oramax
One study revealed that stroke risk was 400 percent higher in people with periodontitis (gum disease). Coronary heart disease and endocarditis (inflammation of the inner lining of the heart’s chambers and valves) risks are also elevated. In cardiovascular disease…(more).