Carol HeckmanAsk Carol: Why does Carol always ask about having dental work done? How can that impact my health?

Those are great questions! You’re right… I always explain to clients the nuances behind the connection between a healthy mouth and a healthy body.

Newer research on gut microbiome is revealing how important the oral microbiome is to our health. And, if you know me, then you know one of the key areas (of nutritional health and function) I focus on is the health of your microbiome: the garden within your gut.

Research findings are also connecting poor oral health with cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, systemic illnesses, and other health concerns.

Why? The mouth is the initial intersection between the outer world and our inner world. We swallow 1 trillion bacteria every day! Bacteria, viruses, molds, and toxins from the air, food, and water are introduced to our internal systems through our mouth.

If your oral microbiome and structures (tongue, teeth, gums, and oral mucus membranes) are not healthy, or have lingering bad bugs, these will be introduced into your body via your gut and blood stream at the time of dental care.

A healthy mouth environment is your first line of defense from these intruders. Signs of an unhealthy oral microbiome are often: bad breath, dry mouth, altered taste, gingivitis, receding gums, and cavities.

A healthy mouth = a healthy life!


Carol Heckman, RN, CNHP, MH, CNC
Carol is a Registered Nurse, as well as a Certified Natural Health Practitioner, a Master Herbalist, and a Certified Nutritional Consultant.