The health of the mouth is intricately connected to the overall health of the body.
Recent studies show that plaque in the mouth from periodontal disease may increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. There is a lot of information about the gut microbiome, but the oral microbiome greatly influences the GI tract as well as systemic health. The mouth can be a reservoir for healthy as well as unhealthy bacteria. The immune system in the mouth is similar to the small intestine. The tonsils help determine if the bacteria that enters the mouth is good or bad.
As a dental hygienist in a holistic & biological dentistry practice, part of the preventive dental appointment may include a sample of the bacteria in your mouth which you can see on the microscope. Any areas of concern can then be evaluated by the dentist and monitored. We are able to check your mouth for the types of bacteria that can cause inflammation and give you suggestions on changing your dental routine if needed.
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