Protecting Your Oral Microbiome

Posted by Seattle Dental Care Apr 08, 2023

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Protecting Your Oral Microbiome

Many may know the importance of the gut microbiome, however, oftentimes, the oral microbiome is neglected. The mouth is a gateway to the whole body. As the gut has its own microbiome, so does your mouth. The oral microbiome is composed of billions of microorganisms, including bacteria, fungi, and viruses, that live in your mouth.

Poor oral hygiene can disrupt the balance of the oral microbiome, leading to an increased risk of oral diseases like gum disease, cavities, and bad breath. Likewise, a healthy oral microbiome can help protect against certain systemic diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease. Taking good care of your oral microbiome is essential for maintaining overall health and well-being. 

Ever thought about why your holistic dentist recommends against antiseptic mouthwashes?

This is because antiseptic mouthwash, such as those containing alcohol, will disturb the microbiome of your mouth. You have over 700 microorganisms in your mouth, however, not all are bad. Many are in a benevolent relationship, aiding the body's immunity.

Some of the good bacteria in your mouth can help the production of nitric oxide, which helps with cardiometabolic health and cognitive function. Nitric oxide relaxes the underlying smooth muscles of the blood vessels, causing vessels to widen, which in turn increases the blood flow, and decreases the blood pressure. however using antiseptic mouthwash can disturb or even destroy both the bad and the good bacteria in the mouth, causing reduced nitric oxide production which will lead to increased blood pressure.

To maintain healthy levels of nitric oxide, it is important to practice good oral hygiene without overusing antiseptic mouthwash. Brushing and flossing regularly, as well as using a tongue scraper to remove bacteria, can help to keep your mouth healthy without destroying the beneficial bacteria. Eating a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables can also help to reduce the risk of bacteria overgrowth in the mouth.

By analyzing the plaque under microscope and maintaining a good oral hygiene routine, we are able to better control and promote healthy bacteria and reduce the number of bad bacteria in the mouth. It is also important to avoid using antiseptic mouthwash as this can have a detrimental effect on the bacteria balance. 

Our holistic dentists Seattle ensure that each patient receives personalized care and advice on how to maintain their oral health, as well as providing treatments that are tailored to the individual's needs. We are committed to providing the highest quality of care and ensuring that our patients are comfortable and relaxed throughout the process. We are dedicated to helping our patients achieve optimum dental and whole-body health while maintaining a beautiful smile.

If you're ready to experience the best biological dental care, please contact natural dentist near me at (206) 728-1330 or visit us at 2107 Elliott Ave Ste 210, Seattle, WA 98121. We will be happy to guide you further.

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