Many people still assume all stomach ulcers are linked to the overproduction of stomach acid. And, to that end, it was common for the treatment to be medication to control those acids. In recent years it has been discovered that there are certain bacterial within the mouth caused by poor hygiene that can also cause stomach ulcers.
Studies have shown that when there is too much of a certain bacteria, which is called Helicobacter Pylori. These bacteria accumulate in the stomach. This type of bacteria requires almost no oxygen to thrive and is what we know as a gram-negative bacteria type. Our stomachs don’t contain much oxygen, which means the Helicobacter Pylori can multiply quickly and causes lesions in the stomach lining.
We know our mouths contain many different types of bacteria; in fact, it is somewhere in the region of 700 different types. Most of the bacteria in our mouths are gram-positive, which means they need oxygen to grow and produce energy.
H. pylori, which incubates in the gum line and several other gram-negative types of bacteria, is responsible for gingivitis. Gingivitis causes inflammation and bleeding gums, and this can also lead to periodontists, which is the deterioration of the gum and underlying jawbone.
In order to minimize the likelihood of getting a stomach ulcer due to the bacteria in your mouth, good oral hygiene is a must.
What Is A Stomach Ulcer?
A stomach ulcer is also known as a gastric ulcer. They are sores that have developed on the lining of the stomach. The most common symptoms of a stomach ulcer are:
- A burning sensation in the stomach
- Gnawing pain sensation in the center of the tummy
- Feeling sick often
- Poor appetite
- Weight loss
Stomach ulcers aren’t always painful but can be uncomfortable.
How Serious Are Stomach Ulcers?
Many stomach ulcers will go away on their own. However, it is important that if you have any of the stomach ulcer symptoms, you do seek medical attention. Here are some of the complications that can happen from leaving a stomach ulcer unchecked.
Blockages in the opening that connects the stomach to the small intestine – this happens sue to a build-up of scar tissue and inflammation
Possible perforation, this is a hole in the stomach’s lining
How Does H.pylori Cause A Peptic Ulcer?
The H.pylori bacteria start to weaken the protective mucous lining we have in our stomach and duodenum. This weakening lets the acid get through. Both the bacteria and the acid will begin to irritate the lining and cause a sore or an ulcer.
The H.pylori acid can survive in the stomach not only because it is gram-negative but also because it also keeps secrets and enzymes that neutralize the acids. The H. pylori have a very specific shape that allows it to burrow in the stomach’s lining.
How Can I Reduce My Risk of A Dental Disease-Related Stomach Ulcer?
Brushing your teeth daily is essential, but there are more things that you can do to prevent dental disease and reduce the impact. Dental disease is also known as periodontal disease. This is when the bacteria in plaque build up between teeth and gums. When the bacteria grow, the gum that surrounds the tooth can get inflamed.
If it is left untreated, the inflammation can cause the bone structure and gums to deteriorate. This will lead to a recession on the gums and even cause tooth loss.
Brush your teeth
Brush your teeth after every meal, and at the very minimum, twice a day. This will help remove stains, food debris, and plaque. You should also brush your tongue, as bacteria build up there pretty quickly.
Our teeth naturally have many gaps between them, by flossing at least once a day, you can remove food debris and plaque. Our toothbrush can’t reach in those gaps. You can use dental floss, interdental brushes, water flossers (water picks), sonic air flossers, and dental picks.
Swilling your mouth with mouthwash will help remove and dislodge any leftover plaque and food debris. Choose a mouthwash that has extra benefits like fresh breath or gum support.
The biggest support in your dental health is your dentist. They will be able to give you a personalized oral hygiene routine. Regular hygiene appointments can also remove any built-up plaque and give you a deep clean. If you have misaligned teeth, they can be more difficult to maintain from home. It is a good idea to consider using clear aligners to minimize the pockets that plaque, tartar, and bacteria can build up.
Taking care of your oral hygiene is not only great for your teeth and gums, but for your overall health.