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Human Microbiome, Oral Microbiome, and the Gut Microbiome
Oral Microbiome Homeostasis is a portion of the emerging science behind Human Microbiome, where it is believed our oral health is connected to our body’s systemic immunity and total body wellness.
"...Every day we learn more about the unique and fascinating world of the oral microbiome and the unique natural ecology of our mouth, as well as the vital role our oral microbiome plays in our overall health and wellness..."
Is it true that our oral health is tied to our overall total body health? Yes, it is absolutely true. Our oral health and the wellness of our general body is one in the same and completely tied together. Meaning, unless our oral health is solid, it is difficult for anyone to enjoy overall health and wellness. At the same time, poor oral health is the precursor to poor general health.
The bottom line is that oral health impacts the overall body's health and wellness, and gum disease are related to an increased incidence of all other diseases that affect related systems within our body. Oral health has an influence on diseases such as heart disease, which affects the cardiovascular system. As such, it is believed that an unhealthy oral microbiome can be directly connected to increased risk of heart disease.
"Our oral health is a reflection of our general health, and good oral health is essential to achieving a state of wellness."
What is Oral Microbiome?
The human oral cavity contains a number of different "biomes," which include the teeth, gingival sulcus, tongue, cheeks, hard and soft palates, and tonsils, all of which are colonized by bacteria.
A biome is the naturally occurring community of flora that occupies a certain habitat. In this case, the oral microbiome is the flora of the mouth as it relates all the environment of the mouth, including the oral cavity, teeth, tongue, soft tissues, and gums.
Our oral microbiome is made up from at least 600 different habitats, and the microorganisms found in these habitats are referred to as the oral microflora, oral microbiota, or as the "oral microbiome." The term "oral microbiome" is defined as the “ecological community of commensal, symbiotic, and pathogenic microorganisms” of the mouth.
The oral microbiome is a precursor to the gut microbiome. Both the oral and gut biomes are linked together, they operate as one, and optimally they work together as one.
The oral microbiome, when healthy, is the first layer of protection against disease. In the oral microbiome, we are protected against deadly viruses and bacteria that can live in the oral environment. Another important function of our oral microbiome is digestion - digestion starts in the oral microbiome and is connected to our gut microbiome - one helps the other, and they are both connected to our immune and digestive systems.
"What’s important is the fact that we should be looking for ways to promote a healthy homeostasis in our mouth so that we can enjoy the health benefits that come with a healthy oral and gut microbiome."
How Oral Health Is Connected to Our Overall Systemic Health
There have been thousands of studies linking oral disease to systemic disease. We know that inflammation is very harmful, and gum and oral diseases produce chronic low-grade inflammation in our mouth, but also leads to other systemic complications.
“Oral inflammation can have a detrimental effect on just about every major organ system – from Alzheimer's to stroke, heart disease, and diabetes," Dr. Curatola explains. For example, advanced periodontal disease (gum disease) can increase the risk of a fatal heart attack by up to 10 times.
What about the link between diabetes and gum disease? According to research, there is a 700% higher incidence of type 2 diabetes for people with gum disease. The increase in type 2 diabetes is related to the inflammatory effect of an unbalanced microflora in our mouth.
"According to Dr. Curatola, if you get a heart attack related to periodontal or gum disease, nine times out of 10, the heart attacks causes death."