What do we say to our patients who seem to have a new area of decay at almost every checkup? They say that they`re brushing and flossing regularly, but their oral condition indicates otherwise. Why is it that one sibling may never brush and have no decay while another claims to be vigilant with his/her home care and has a mouth full of decay? The answer may have less to do with their home care routine and more to do with their GUT function.
Adequate stomach acid and healthy digestion are foundational to good oral health. The production of stomach acid is directly related to our body`s ability to balance oral pH and low stomach acid is associated with GERD, acidic oral pH, leaky gut, and dental caries. Poor digestion and absorption also rob the body of essential nutrients and minerals required to maintain periodontal health and remineralize enamel. The biochemical mechanisms that control these functions are well understood and simple lifestyle and nutritional interventions can bring these foundational systems back in balance. Many dental professionals don`t feel confident making recommendations to their patients regarding nutrition and lifestyle changes. This program will use the published literature to show the connection between gut health and dental decay, periodontal disease, and implant integration.
After this presentation, participants will:
- Be conversant in how the gut impacts the progression of periodontal disease, dental decay and bone healing/implant integration.
- Understand the process of stomach acid production, digestion, and absorption.
- Understand the role that the autonomic nervous system (ANS) plays in GUT function and what the dentist can do to eliminate stressors to the ANS.
- Feel confident in knowing what nutritional and lifestyle recommendations they can easily provide their patients which will provide the body with the necessary building blocks to reestablish healthy GUT function.