Heal Your Oral Microbiome: Balance and Repair your Mouth Microbes to Improve Gut Health, Reduce Inflammation and Fight Disease

Heal Your Oral Microbiome: Balance and Repair your Mouth Microbes to Improve Gut Health, Reduce Inflammation and Fight Disease

by Cass Nelson-Dooley


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Improve Your Health by Fixing Your Mouth-Gut Microbiome Connection

It’s a popular theory that good health starts in your gut. But think about it: your mouth is the gateway to your gut. The good and bad bacteria in your mouth are directly linked to the bacteria in your digestive system. The oral microbiome can also affect illnesses and diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, certain cancers, and more. That’s why maintaining a balanced oral microbiome is one of the most important things you can do to set a solid foundation for your overall health.

Heal Your Oral Microbiome is the first book out there to focus exclusively on the oral microbiome. In these pages, you’ll learn how your mouth paves the way for full-body health, as well as how to identify common habits and practices that could be negatively impacting your unique microbiome. You’ll also discover important steps you can take to heal and balance your mouth’s microbes to boost your immune system, fight a variety of illnesses and create a solid foundation for your overall well-being.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612439006
Publisher: Ulysses Press
Publication date: 06/04/2019
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 544,322
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Cass Nelson-Dooley, MS, studied medicinal plants in the rain forests of Panama, in 2003 as a Fulbright Scholar, and then launched a career in science and natural medicine. She researched the pharmacology of medicinal plants at the University of Georgia and AptoTec, Inc, and then joined the innovators at Metametrix Clinical Laboratory and Genova Diagnostics. She enjoys teaching, presenting, writing, and researching how to address the underlying causes of disease, not just the symptoms. She has over a decade of experience teaching doctors about integrative and functional laboratory results. In 2013, she started Health First Consulting, LLC, a medical communications company with the mission to improve human health using the written word. Ms. Nelson-Dooley has published case studies, book chapters, and journal articles about natural medicine, nutrition, laboratory testing, obesity, and osteoporosis.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Convergence of the Microbiome, Nature, and Health 1

Chapter 1 The Magnificent Microbiome 4

The Microbiome Breakdown 6

Your Good Bugs 8

The Ecosystems Inside Us 9

The Oral Microbiome 11

The Gut Microbiome 12

What to Expect in this Book 15

Chapter 2 Dysbiosis, Infection, and Protection 17

Infection or Protection? 18

Dysbiosis 20

What Is "Normal" 22

Antibiotics 23

Chapter 3 A Tour of the Mouth 26

Location, Location, Location 27

What's In a Mouth? 28

The Ecosystems Inside Us 33

A Sea of Saliva 34

There's No Place Like Home 35

Chapter 4 Hail to the Immune System 37

An Epic Game of "Where's Waldo?" 38

The Innate Immune System and the Barrier 39

The Adaptive Immune System 40

Inflammation 45

Leaky Mouth 46

Immunity and the Mouth 48

Chapter 5 The Oral Microbiome 51

Oral Microbiota 52

Unique as a Snowflake 56

The Origins of Your Microbiome 57

Plaque and Biofilms 59

Bacteria and the Diet 61

How the Bugs Got Their Names 62

Chapter 6 Dysbiosis of the Oral Microbiome 68

The Microbial Ecology of Cavities 71

Sugar Is the Pits 75

Gingivitis and Periodontal Disease 75

Bad Breath 78

Toxic By-products of Bad Bacteria 79

Oral-Systemic Connection 80

Commensal Bacteria or Pathogen? 82

Chapter 7 Kissing Cousins: The Gut and the Mouth 85

The Almighty Gut 86

Similarities Between the Gut and the Mouth 89

Location Is Everything 90

Helicobacter Pylori 92

Inflammatory Bowel Disease 93

My Journey to the Mouth Began with Poop 96

Chapter 8 The Oral-Systemic Connection 99

The Link Between Oral and Heart Health 100

Bacteremia and "Leaky Mouth" 102

How Oral Pathogens Might Cause Heart Disease 103

Heart Health Benefits of the Oral Microbiome 106

Rheumatoid Arthritis 107

Diabetes 113

So, Now What Do I Do? 114

Chapter 9 Oral Microbiome Solutions 117

Diet 119

Nutrition 124

Dental Hygiene 126

Balancing Your Microbes 131

Lowering Inflammation 137

Healing Mouth Tissue 138

Boosting Your Immune System 140

Other Things to Consider When Optimizing Your Oral Microbiome 142

Finding an Integrative and Functional Healthcare Practitioner 143

Testing 144

Oral Microbiome Solutions for Oral, Gut, and Whole-Body Health 148

Chapter 10 Blind Luck 150

The Interface of Microbes, Immune Function, and Environment 152

Appendix 156

Notes 163

Index 174

Acknowledgments 183

About the author 184

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From the Publisher

"This is a must read if you truly want to understand oral health and how it affects the health of your overall systemic well being. I'm a dentist of 34 years and think this should be required reading in dental schools. Easily read by both the layperson and professional, this book is a healthcare gem, and will, by reading it, greatly improve the quality of your life. An essential read for better health!"

-Dr. Mark Burhenne, DDS of Ask the Dentist

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