The Relation Between Oral Microbes and Gut Health

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Most of us are aware of the fact that we house microorganism in our body to assist in the following functions like:

  • Indigestion.
  • To neutralize the toxins.
  • In addition, to evade or fight against any infectious agent that enter our body.
  • Certain microbes present in oral cavity prevents the occurrence of dental caries.
  • To maintain the balance between the good and bad microbes.
  • Finally, to maintain the pH levels in both the oral cavity and gut.

What happens when there is an imbalance between the microbes in our oral cavity?

The imbalance between the microbes existing in the oral cavity can cause the rise of infections, imbalance in the oral ecosystem, infections invading the gums, teeth destruction, and to some extent, this affects the other microbes in our system.

The researchers have identified the need to eat through oral feed also has a hand in the microbe’s level and balance.

What is a Stroke?

Caused by the lack of blood flow to the brain or rupture of the blood vessels carrying blood to the brain. It is considered one of the leading causes of death and disability in India.

Most of the patients suffer from the following after a stroke:

  • Paralysis
  • Dysphagia (difficulty to swallow).
  • Malnutrition.
  • Long-term disability.

Thus, researchers of Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU) found that normal feeding after proper rehabilitation in stroke patients helped in establishing both the gut and oral bacteria.

Study reveals the following:

Oral feeding of stroke patients after proper rehabilitation aided in establishing the oral and gut microbes. This also emphasized the nutritional health of the individual. As they re-initiated the interaction between the oral and gut microbes.

This interaction was not well when the patient was tube fed leading to various dysfunctions. To conclude switching to normal oral feed from tube feed in stroke patient help in re-building and promoting the quality of life.

Reference:

Re-initiation of Oral Food Intake Following Enteral Nutrition Alters Oral and Gut Microbiota Communities


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Dr Arun

Dr. Arun is a practicing dentist with more than 11 years of experience. Loves to blog and in constant search of new knowledge in dentistry and health niche.