The Importance Of A Healthy Oral Microbiome
A healthy oral microbiome keeps your brain safe
Germs used to be thought of as “bad guys” no matter what the circumstance, but now we know better—and we’ve been blaming the wrong guys all along. Just because there are germs around us, doesn’t mean we will get sick. Both healthy AND sick people often times carry the same microbes. The difference between which microbes make a person sick, has more to do with the person’s entire microbial community and balance than it does with the microbe itself. See, the “bad guy” might not be bad at all- just in the wrong place at the wrong time. In other words. our microbial community is structured to keep potentially unfriendly microbes in check.
When trouble arises in a nightclub, security doesn’t force everyone to leave, emptying the club. Nightclubs would go out of business doing that each time a problem occurred. No, instead they try to keep harmony and balance by only removing the culprits. Our microbial community is structured in the same way. They’re the bouncers in the club making sure only the right people get in, and if any of them cause trouble once inside, they take them back out.
See, your body is a host to 100-300 trillion microorganisms, and each one of them has their own genes. If you laid that bacteria end to end they would wrap around the globe 2.5 times. That’s more than the human cells you have in your own body! Keeping all of them in check and in balance is hard work, but killing all of those pathogens isn’t the answer. Killing them, would eventually kill you. Living in harmony with them is the answer.
When your microbiome is balanced, a newly introduced pathogen may not cause disease. If your microbiome has been disrupted, exposure to the same pathogen might make you sick. These insights represent a radically new perspective on how sickness develops. Many diseases now appear to result solely from a disturbance in a microbial community, and not from a foreign invader. Maintaining harmony and balance is vital. Researchers no longer look for a specific, single microbe that causes an illness, and instead, are following a multifaceted approach based on a healthy microbial balance.
This is especially important because your microbiome influences how well you age, and how likely you are to get diseases. As you get older, the bacterial load in your body increases. Studies have shown that aging favors the overgrowth of oral anaerobes. This shift contributes to the rise of circulating, pro-inflammatory cytokines in your bloodstream, which can lead to a chronic state of inflammation.
Intriguing studies link the oral microbiome, aging, and Alzheimer’s disease. Prolonged exposure to high levels of circulating cytokines can compromise the integrity of the blood-brain barrier, which protects the brain from exposure to damaging substances. When inflammation weakens the blood-brain barrier, harmful bacteria manage to pass through and can intensify the inflammation process in the brain. Over a period of time, the continued release of pro-inflammatory cytokines exacerbates neuronal damage the brain, which can lead to Alzheimer’s disease. Systemic inflammation is also associated with confusion in the elderly. Revitin reduces your toxin exposure while ensuring your mouth’s microbiome maintains harmony, reducing inflammation and your overall risk for Alzheimer’s.
An unbalanced oral microbiome also increases risks for numerous other diseases, such as obesity, diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and even adverse pregnancy outcomes.
In a balanced oral microbiome, most of the bacteria are aerobic, which means they rely on oxygen to live. For the aerobes to stay healthy, the biofilm needs to be structured so that molecular oxygen can reach the microbes.
Microorganisms seek to join a community in an attached biofilm, where there is strength in numbers. These communities of bacteria have capacities and survival strategies that exceed what an individual microorganism can do on its own.
The colony builds a defense with a slime layer to protect the mushroom-shaped community from antibiotics, antimicrobials and the body’s own defense mechanisms. The many different kinds of microbes living together in the community all get along. Each independent microcolony has its own living arrangements. The microorganisms cooperate with one another utilizing several types of intelligence, like quorum sensing, a mechanism that allows microbes to sense the number of their own species as well as the number of other species in a specific biofilm. They are then able to adjust their own biochemical processes to fit better in the collective. They form relatively stable structures that provide for adequate nutrition, waste removal, and community survival. Chemical signals create a system of communication among colonies.
The microorganisms can change their position within a microcolony to defend the community from a challenge or a threat as if they were executing a battle plan. The oral microbiome is like a meadow with many species living in harmony, but it is also like a beehive with structure and agreed-upon job descriptions.
Now that you understand the direct connection between your mouth and systemic illnesses, it should be evident that your oral health is critical to maintain. Stay clear from mouthwashes that kill “germs” and instead look for dental products that clean while maintaining a healthy balance in your mouth.