Dental Plaque and Digestive Disorders
How are Dental Plaque and Digestive Disorders Related?
The topics of dental plaque and digestive disorders may seem to be unrelated; however, logically viewed, the connection makes perfect sense. . . what is in the mouth eventually finds itself throughout the digestive system.
In simple terms -- it's how we eat. Food enters the mouth, is chewed, travels down the esophagus into the stomach and so on.
How is Acid Reflux Related to Dental Plaque?
In my resarch of people suffering from digestive disorders such as acid reflux (GERD - Gastroesophogeal Reflux Disease) and hiatal hernia, I found that when people attempt to control their fungal levels by the elimination of products containing yeast, along with the nutritional incorporation of foods to avoid suggestions offered in Dr. Rodio's Digestive Health Advisory they greatly enhance their prospects of returning to a balanced state of health.
Even the bacterium Helicobacter pylori, that is a known cause of gastritis, was no longer found in the stomach of many of those people. In various cases that I studied of Acid Reflux and other gastrointestinal disorders, post-nasal drip seemed to be present. Post-nasal drip causes hoarseness and an irritated throat.
What Are the Problems Caused by Food Embedded Between the Teeth and Gums?
When oral hygiene is not a priority, food particles remain on and between the teeth -- embedded even under the gingiva -- and contribute to further microbial growth. The appropriate, warm, dark, moist environment of the mouth is especially perfect for fungal growth (refer to The Fungus Among Us article).
Fungus not only eats away at mouth tissue as with ulcers on the inner cheeks and tongue, but also is carried into the stomach as a gnawing agent that contributes to stomach ulcers. Also present with fungus, is the bacterium Helicobacter pylori that is connected to chronic condition of gastritis.
At Nair Charitable Hospital, in Bombay, India, a study was conducted to discover the place of origin of Helicobacter pylori. Twenty-four patients were given antibiotics for approximately two weeks to eradicate this bacterium. The only area that it survived was in the mouth.
This discovery leads to the deduction that since Helicobacter pylori survives in the mouth, the digestive tract is under constant attack by this tenacious bacterium.
Are There Other Foods Besides Sugar That Cause Oral and Dental Demise?
When dealing with digestive disorders, you must also consider eliminating or at least reducing foods that contribute to an increase of fungi. Keep in mind that bread contains yeast or sourdough (fungus/mold) and cheese contains mold.
Check food products that use yeast and never eat moldy, rancid foods. These types of food are all in the enemy line waiting to attack - boring holes not only in the teeth and oral tissue, but in other parts of your body by lowering immunity and leaving your body open to infection.
For help with a yeast free diet, try the yeast free bread recipe (loaf bread recipe) or the pancake / flatbread yeast free bread recipe, or other recipes found in the Yeast Free Recipes section of this site.
And don't forget that sugars feed upon the fungus. Sweets are how fungi thrive.
Sugars are known to lower immunity against disease. The more sugar ingested, the more immunity becomes lowered and the more tissues are gnawed at (e.g. mouth and gastrointestinal ulcers), leaving tissue open to infection.
An unbalanced diet of an overabundance of starch is converted into sugar as well. In addition to what's already been mentioned, beware that antibiotics used in meat, dairy and poultry are known to contribute to increased fungal levels in the body.
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© 1997 by Mary Louise Rodio, Ph.D.
Formulator of Dentizyme™ and other natural remedies, Dr. Rodio is an Ethnobotanical Research Scientist and the Director of Natura Health Services, Inc. in Scottsdale, Arizona. She researches how plants, foods, and customs influence the health of cultures around the world - socially, emotionally, and physically.