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How Can Hidden Dental Issues Affect Your Skin? (Part 1) – The Eczema Podcast (S4E11)

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I’m so excited to bring you today’s episode because we talk all about how dental issues (and hidden infections) in the mouth can affect your skin and also affect every other part of the body (research paper links are listed below). Dental issues are often overlooked.

In this 2-part series, we cover issues that can affect the body and eczema/dermatitis – such as hidden gum disease, root canals, implants, dental meridians, gum grafts, cavities, silver amalgam fillings, and much more! The American Academy of Periodontology also shares on their website that periodontal (gum) disease is associated with several other diseases, such as diabetes, alzheimer’s, and heart disease.

Today’s guest is Dr. Kelly Blodgett, a biological and naturopathic dentist. Dr. Kelly Blodgett graduated from the American College of Integrative Medicine and Dentistry and has a Board Certification in Naturopathic Dentistry and a Board Certification in Integrative Biological Dental Medicine. (You can find Dr. Kelly Blodgett’s website here. He also offers online consultations as well – which you can book through his website).

Dr. Kelly is so full of knowledge. He’s also a recognized leader in minimally-invasive dentistry, dental lasers, computerized dental technology, and holistic care.

He has been featured in numerous dental journals, on television, and in magazines for the innovative care he provides. He is a modern pioneer in progressive dental care.

In this 2-part series, we discuss a lot about the oral microbiome. The other microbiomes of the body (gut and skin), the oral microbiome is a collection of bacteria that affects the progression of health and disease.

A major 2019 study in the Journal of Oral Microbiology discovered that bacterial populations from the mouth make their way to the gut microbiota.

Just as there’s leaky gut, there can also be leaky mouth as well. This can alter immune responses and potentially lead to systemic diseases – scroll down for research links below.

Infants who have eczema are 3 times more likely to develop tooth decay when they are 2 and 3 years old, according to this study from the National University of Singapore (NUS) Faculty of Dentistry and the Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences.




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Cass Nelson-Dooley, MS, an ethnopharmacologist, also shared in her research that 45% of the bacteria in the mouth are also found in the gut.

Oral infection can cause major issues within the rest of the body in a variety of ways. These include the escape of bacteria through the gums to the bloodstream, system-wide inflammation, and bacterial toxins that make their way throughout the body.

Two of the major bacterial groups in the oral biome that can impact the rest of health most notably include Prevotella and Veillonella.

Research has also shown that dental infection has been linked to nummular eczema as well.

Below are case studies of how dental issues & infections can affect atopic dermatitis and eczema:



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Abby is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist who helps clients achieve optimal health. She is passionate about seeing people use health and nutrition to transform lives. She hopes that her experiences and knowledge can help educate others on natural remedies that will help eczema. Follow her on Twitter, FacebookPinterestInstagram, or YouTube for more updates!

Disclaimer: All the information found on this website should be used for informational purposes only and is not intended to replace proper medical advice. Always consult a qualified health care provider before embarking on a health or supplement plan.


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Lisa Cameron
I’m all about skin care tips and healthy living! I want to help others like me on how to live a better, happier & healthier lifestyle.

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