If you think about it a second, you realize your gut starts at your lips. So, why not take a probiotic for your mouth, in addition to a probiotic for your gut?
Digestion actually begins in your mouth as you chew food and salivary amylase converts starches into sugars that bad bacteria can use to destroy your teeth and gums. Therefore, your mouth is essentially your “upper gut” and your intestines are your “lower gut”, and your entire gut is chock full of billions of microbes.
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 mouth 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, think about what could possibly be happening in your mouth when you use so many antiseptics and chemicals. In fact it has been shown that mouthwashes with alcohol can actually dry your mouth out worse than other types of mouthwashes, because the alcohol actually extracts water from your oral epithelial cells. In other words, alcohol mouthwashes dehydrate your mouth tissues, which leads to a vicious cycle of more and more mouthwash — yet a drier and drier mouth, and more bad breath, which the mouthwash flavorings merely mask over, instead of actually getting rid of bad breath and dry mouth. Things like this are common in dentistry and don’t make any sense, but people are not aware.
So, how’s come everyone is so concerned about taking antibiotics and having (lower) gut problems, 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 chemically-induced oral analogues of antibiotic-induced intestinal problems? Could it be that overgrowth of bad microbes in the mouth are causing dental problems much like overgrowth of bad microbes in the lower gut? In fact, at least one microbe — Porphyromonas gingivalis — causes gum epithelial ulcerations in the mouth much like the gut epithelium ulcerations of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Recent research has shown many benefits for gut health by taking intestinal probiotics. 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 re-colonize 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!