Most people may know that there are good bacteria (probiotics) in your gut but did you know you also have probiotics in your mouth?! Your oral microbiome can have an influence on your health beyond your mouth with over 1000 species of bacteria harboring in there. There are studies now showing that poor oral hygiene can negatively impact your cardiovascular health and also has an influence on your gut! Just like giving your gut healthy food to thrive, you must give your oral microbiome nourishing foods to promote oral health.
What causes an imbalance in your oral microbiome?
Diet high in sugar and refined carbohydrates
Low pH (allows the bad bacteria to become overgrown)
Acidic foods like soda, coffee, alcohol, energy drinks contribute to this
Mouthwashes containing alcohol
Low levels of vitamin D
Mouth breathing (leads to dry mouth)
How do I properly care for my oral microbiome?
Cut out the sugar and sugary drinks
Increase intake of high fiber veggies
If you must drink coffee, rinse with an alkaline water after to increase pH
Alcohol free mouthwash (we love the Thrive Market brand)
Increase foods like wild caught salmon and eggs to boost vitamin D levels
Veggies such as broccoli, brussels sprouts, etc to increase fiber AND folate levels
Avoid antibiotics if possible
Probiotic toothpaste (Designs for Health has a great product)
See the article linked below for more details on the oral microbiome and its effects on your health!