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Oral health is a good indicator of general health. The mouth is dark and moist, a perfect place for bacteria, but there are also enzymes present in the saliva which are anti-bacterial.
The state of the mouth is actually a reflection of the state of your stomach and intestinal tract. The GI tract contains 80% of your immune system and houses more bacteria than there are cells in the body. There needs to be a balance of these bacteria. Often that balance is thrown off due to poor diet, excercise, and sleep habits. Also anti-biotics will kill off many beneficial bacteria along with the bad guys giving other bad guys an opportunity to take up residence and multiply.
It's very important to brush and floss regularly. My dentist says that flossing is even more important than brushing! It's also very important to get your GI tract in better shape. If you have bloating, gas, distended belly, constipation or diarrhea, or bad reactions to certain foods then you need to consult a functional nutritionist and get these issues sorted out.
Take care of yourself from top to bottom and from bottom to top. That was a trip to the dentist for a cleaning or extraction does not need to put your life at risk!