By Alane Stieglitz, ND, CNC,
Just like your eyes are the window to your soul, your mouth and teeth health says a lot about you too. Many times, what we can see in our mouth can impact organ systems and our bodies. And the reverse is also true: Our overall health will how in the appearance and health of our teeth. Healthy teeth can indicate a healthy body. Poor dental health can mean a health challenge.
Here is a shortlist of signs you should be aware of for good teeth health.
1.- Stress-clenching your jaw can lead to headaches. Grinding your teeth at night is a common sign of stress. Many times the stress response can be reduced or supported better by having normal cortisol levels. Cortisol can easily be checked in the saliva with an easy-to-do cortisol home test kit. We have also found a link between jaw clenching and certain infections.
2. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) can lead to poor teeth health, tooth decay, and even bad breath because of stomach acid coming up and dissolving them. You can reduce GERD by learning about your gut health and food intolerances. Also, using a reflux pillow may be helpful for a while.
3. Oral Cancer- Sores that don’t go away in a week or two. If a sore becomes red or white, it’s a good idea to get it checked out.
4. Medication problems can be indicated by poor teeth health and gums growing over your teeth. We understand medication is necessary at times, but maybe there is a safer alternative?
5. Dry mouth can lead to poor teeth health and may require extra dental care. Many of my clients have talked about swollen gums and pain when they brush and floss. Dry mouth can indicate many things from dehydration, allergies, autoimmunity, smoking, and new medications. Lack of saliva can be an early warning sign of some conditions.
6. Swollen gums, inflamed gums, or bleeding gums be an indication of autoimmunity or Diabetes. It is truly amazing how our teeth health, and gums are a picture of our health and wellness.
If anything unusual with your teeth and gums, it should be brought to your doctor’s attention.
Routine dental checkups, brushing your teeth, using a soft-bristle toothbrush, drinking water, and practicing good dental hygiene can help keep your teeth health good and your overall health good too.
When I start to think about the health of the mouth and the teeth, I tend to focus on gut health. If the client’s teeth health is poor, I suggest a stool test to look at gut bacteria levels and microbiome health. I also tend to look at infections too.
The oral cavity and our mouth can be home to many bacteria. There are over 600 species and thousands of different types of bugs.
Your mouth and teeth health is a sign of what’s happening in your body.
Can something in your mouth be linked to something in your gut? There could be harmful bacteria, fungus, or even a parasite in your gut trying to tell you something.
If there are inflamed gums or low saliva, I tend to think of autoimmunity and food intolerances. IgG and IgA food reactions can lead to inflammation anywhere in the body, including the mouth.
When we start to fix our health, the gut is always the 1st place we start!
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Medical disclaimer: Our test kits and all tests cannot be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All test results are to be used as educational materials and as a guide to help support your overall health and wellness. Always discuss health concerns with your medical doctor.