news

Your Gut Starts At Your Lips

September 09, 2016 Steven Edwards

Digestion actually begins in your mouth as you chew food and salivary amylase converts starches into sugars.

Therefore, your mouth is essentially your “upper gut” and your intestines are your “lower gut”.

Now, most folks know that antibiotics can mess up the good and bad germs in your lower gut. And obviously, you have germs in your mouth, good and bad, just like in your lower gut.

But what about dental products with claims like: “Kills 99% of Germs”? Might such dental products mess up the good and bad germs in your mouth? Except that you don’t get mouth diarrhea, mouth bloating, leaky mouth syndrome, irritable mouth, and flatulence — or do you?

You probably don’t take antibiotics twice a day for most of your life. But you probably use broad-spectrum, germ-killing dental products nearly every day for most of your life. And I guarantee that eating and drinking toothpastes and mouthwashes would definitely do a number on your lower gut!

So, how’s come everyone is so concerned about (lower) gut problems and taking probiotics, but few, if any connect the dots to the upper gut (mouth)? Why, in medicine, does the mouth always seem separate from the body?

Could it be that dental decay, bleeding gums, and bad breath are the oral analogues of intestinal problems? In fact, a few oral microbes do cause gum epithelial ulcerations much like in the gut epithelium of irritable bowel syndrome.

Therefore, if intestinal probiotics can help with lower gut microbial problems, then dental probiotics should be able to help with upper gut microbial problems. And they do. Numerous studies done over the last few years show that dental probiotics can help achieve better oral health.

As a dentist, I cannot ethically tell you to stop using germ-killing dental products.

However, if you’re supposedly killing 99% of oral microbes every day or so, why not at least add a known quantity of some known “good microbes” so you can recolonize your mouth with good germs. This way, the good germs can help you fight the bad ones while lessening the use of potentially toxic dental products.

That’s why we made Orchestra™ Dental Probiotics — to orchestrate and harmonize your oral microbes so they play beautiful music together.

With its patent pending, Place and Forget™, time-release technology, you can sort-of “wear” an Orchestra™ probiotic lozenge much like you wear a teeth bleaching tray or a dental night guard. In fact, you can even safely sleep with it and not worry about choking because the lozenge dissolves into a spreadable film much like ordinary dental plaque — except it’s good plaque. And it lasts from three to eight hours. No other dental probiotic does this!