Discover your unique oral microbiome with a simple saliva test
Our bodies are hosts to trillions of microorganisms, some of which are beneficial for our health while others are detrimental to it. In recent years, you have likely read about the importance of gut health and how the diversity of your gut microbiome can affect your overall health and wellness. But did you know that there is a similar connection between your oral microbiome and overall health? Dr. Titania Tong, a dentist in Central, Hong Kong, explains how a simple saliva test can help you discover important information about your unique oral microbiome and how it might be affecting your well-being.
Oral bacteria explainedA human mouth is home to over 6 billion bacteria. In addition to residing in dental plaque, bacteria live inside our cheeks and on our tongue, roof of our mouth, gums, and tonsils. While we typically think of bacteria as negative players in cavity formation and gum disease, many microbes actually provide protection against tooth decay and other oral health problems. However, when there is an imbalance, harmful bacteria can cause problems with your teeth and gums and in other areas of the body. Because the mouth is the beginning of the digestive system, harmful bacteria can travel through the gut and bloodstream, where they have been linked to several health problems, such as:
- Autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis
- Heart disease
- Pre-term labor
- Reproductive problems
Understanding your unique oral microbiome with the qPCR testUsing a simple saliva sample, you can discover important information about your unique oral microbiome. Dr. Titania Tong offers a qPCR (quantitative polymerase chain reaction) test that precisely and accurately measures the abundance of several different microorganisms in your mouth. Based on this information, you and your dentist can then discuss ways to optimize the balance of microbes in your mouth. For example, patients with an overabundance of harmful bacteria may be able to boost their helpful bacteria levels by consuming certain foods, taking specific probiotics, and practicing excellent oral hygiene by brushing and flossing daily and visiting the dentist regularly. If you want to know more about the link between your oral microbiome and overall health, reach out to Dr. Titania Tong today. Call 852-2810-1801 to schedule an appointment.
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