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Your digestive Health is Closely Connected to Dental Health

Our oral and gut microbiomes are in constant communication. When your digestive health is good, it’s a good sign you feel good too.

Often, the problems in the mouth are caused by the digestive system. Our gut microbes and mouth always interact with one another, so digestive health problems can have an impact on your oral health.

If you suffer from any digestive disorders, it can cause oral signs or problems as our oral health is directly connected to digestive health.

If you are experiencing bad breath despite brushing your teeth every day, chances are your teeth are not the actual problem.

Often the root cause of bad breath lies even deeper, beyond the teeth and mouth and into your gut.

Dentists in Delhi do not take bad breath in patients casually, as it could be an indicator of a systemic problem. The dentist will check if there are any local factors in the mouth contributing to any of the dental problem and treat it accordingly.

However, bad breath caused by the digestive system can have many causes.

H. Pylori is one of the most common causes of bad breath from the digestive system. It’s a type of bacteria that exists within your normal gut microbiota, but when things get out of balance, it can wreak havoc.

In reputed dental clinics in Delhi, patients are being educated thoroughly about the various causes of bad breath (both oral and gastrointestinal).

The very first signs of digestive problems may also occur in the mouth. Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel disease and ulcerative colitis all exhibit oral signs.

Given that the mouth is the start of our digestive tract, gastrointestinal disorders can contribute to problems in our teeth and gums.

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (heartburn) causes people to experience a burning feeling in their chest or a bad taste in their mouth.

GERD causes acids from the stomach to escape up into the oral cavity. These acids can weaken the teeth (enamel erosion) and can cause bad breath. In general, the enamel on the lingual, or the tongue and palate surfaces of the tooth, is affected rather than the outer or cheek side of the enamel of the tooth

Patients with GERD also experience dry mouth, which intensifies dental bacteria and plaque and can lead to an increase in cavities and decay.

GERD symptoms may be caused by underlying H.Pylori infection. H.pylori is also present in the oral microbiome during gum disease. Bleeding gums or gum disease may be a sign of H.pylori infection in the mouth.

The mouth is a home to our oral microbiome and part of your gut microbiome. Our mouth mostly gives always a clue that suggests a problem with the gut microbiome.

Dentists in dental clinics in Delhi spot the signs of any digestive disorders and point the patients in the right direction to take proper treatment for their gut problems.

Inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis can cause mouth sores and other oral problems.
Oral inflammatory bowel disease includes lesions, white tags, cracks, graininess, swelling, and redness in the mouth.

Dentists in India always keep this in mind that oral and systemic health is closely inter related, while treating their patients.

Prescriptions for inflammatory bowel disease, crohn’s disease and peptic ulcers can also affect your dental health.

Some common medication for crohn’s disease can cause dry mouth, gingivitis and tongue inflammation. Some of the medications used to treat peptic ulcers may cause dry mouth, black tongue or a change in taste during the course of treatment.

It’s important to inform your dentist about your medications so that they can adjust your dental treatment as well as provide tailored advice on how to deal with those side effects.

Therefore, as our mouth and gut have a close bond. If the balance between the good and bad bacteria in your gut is off, you may start to experience more than just digestive discomforts. In order to heal one, you often need to heal the other.

Dentists in dental clinics in Delhi are making a conscious effort in educating their patients about the relation between oral and systemic health.

Your dentist will suggest visiting your physician or a gastroenterologist for diagnosis and treatment of the potential stomach/gut problem or any other condition so that you can be treated appropriately.


Posted by- Dr Shriya