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Your Vagus nerve is the anti inflammatory pathway to the brain. Calming the Vagus calms the brain; you can activate the Vagus by Yoga, breathing, meditation, ice cold drinks, laughter, singing, probiotics, healthy diet, exercise. A suppressed vagus can result in dry mouth, depressive state, compromised immune system.
Calming through the Vagus nerve: The Yoga pose above could also be called the Vagus activation pose
A healthy life starts with your mouth.
Germs are THE Primary Instigator of Gum and Teeth Diseases.
A Bad Bite & Smoking & Diet & poor oral hygiene are secondary problems which make the gum disease worse.
They get into your mouth and reek havoc on gums and teeth. It does not stop there. After the germs have established an outpost in your mouth they spread death and destruction through out the mouth in a low key below the surface war between your immune system and the Axis powers: bacteria and your life style to control your body.
The teeth and gums reflect the internal organs and the lining of the GI system. Gums and teeth are not isolated organs. They interact with your body. And interestingly, what leaves your mouth affects the health of those around you. For example: bad breath, germs, and communication style.
Bacteria in the gut can control your brain's mood. There is good and bad bacteria. The bacteria in your gut that is bad often comes from the gum disease in your mouth.
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The vagus nerve, also known as the wondering nerve innervates all of these organs. It controls the saliva in your mouth. Dry mouth is not only uncomfortable it makes the mouth more prone to cavities and gum disease and bad breath. Usually the vagus nerve sends signals to the brain that all is calm. It can be and is shut down by the sympathetic neurotic nervous system that you control directly. As for example when you are frightened you get dry mouth. You can control the vagus however through yoga, meditation etc.
Gum disease is an inflammatory disease and for some it is out right an auto immune disease. Where the body works at destroying itself. Bacteria & the toxins germs create cause the body to over react to the assault going on in the mouth. The result is the body destroys itself while trying to eliminate the foreign bodies. Meticulous home care is the main way to prevent your immune system from over reacting. The body's inflammatory response varies from one individual to the next.