We have known about the effects of bad bacteria on the teeth and gums for many years. It is only over the last generation that we have started to understand the effects of bad gut bacteria on out mental and physical health. If we have a lot of bad bacteria and a shortage of good bacteria in our gut then we suffer tiredness, clouded thinking, depression, and are prone to Heart Disease and Alzheimer’s in old age.
Bad bacteria in our gut and mouth will increase problems with tooth decay, gum infections and often leave us with bad breath. So it is in our best interest to minimize the bad bacteria and replace as much of this a possible with good, healthy bacteria.
We can get good bacteria from probiotic supplements and fermented foods, like Kimchi, Yogurt, Sauerkraut, Miso, Kefir, sourdough bread, and almonds. We can help maintain this good bacteria by eating prebiotics, which is the fibre found in vegetables, and rice or potatoes left in the fridge overnight.
We can greatly reduce the bad bacteria in our mouth by daily brushing, flossing and use of mouthwash. The only downside to this is that the good bacteria is often killed as well, so we need to constantly replenish the good bacteria with a healthy diet.
Some foods will target bad bacteria. Cashews will kill a significant amount of bad bacteria in the mouth, including the bad bacteria that causes tooth decay. Xylitol sweetener will also kill some types of bad bacteria, though this needs to be taken in moderation lest it cause gas. Garlic is also very useful for reducing bad bacteria.
– Probiotics in fermented foods like Kimchi, Yogurt and Sauerkraut.
– Prebiotics in vegetables and cold rice or potatoes.
– Some foods to fight bad bacteria like Garlic, Cashews, Green Tea, and Xylitol sweetener.
– Less Processed foods
– Reduce artificial sweeteners, especially Aspartame. Use Xylitol or Stevia instead.
– Keep sugar to a minimum.
General dental care, the Brushing, Flossing and use of Mouthwash that we all know about, will fight bad bacteria in the mouth. But we really need to support his healthy practice with a healthy diet.
By improving our gut health we improve every aspect of out lives, including our dental health. We need to reinforce this with diligent daily brushing, flossing and use of mouthwash.