Role of Nitric Oxide in Oral and Overall Health

Nitric oxide rarely gets the attention it deserves. You want good cardiovascular health, improved immunity, and better capability to remember things? Think about the nitric oxide. One thing worth mentioning here is that good oral health is always imperative for the production of and release of nitric oxide in adequate amount.

If you think that good oral health is helpful only in sterilizing the mouth, you only know the half. Good oral health is also about maintaining the balance of bacteria in the mouth in order to provide the body with consistent supply of nitric oxide.

If you ask the dentist about most common culprits that can affect production nitric oxide in the mouth, you are more likely to hear about the use of antibacterial mouthwash, mouth breathing and use of some oils.

Role of nitric oxide in the body

The major role of nitric oxide in the body is to keep oral health in good state by helping in retaining the flexibility of blood vessels in the body. With enough flexibility, the blood vessels can withstand high blood pressure. This flexibility is extremely important for the gums present in gums and kidneys. In these areas and organs, the vessels are thin even at microscopic levels. If these vessels become unable to withstand the pressure, the functionality of entire organ can get affected.

Systems and processes in which nitric oxide is involved

There are certain functions in which nitric oxide has huge role to play, such as:

· Improving memory and behavior by working on nerve cells

· Providing protection against bacteria and cancer cells, thus improving immunity in general

· Helping in reducing inflammation

· Sleep quality

· Improving endurance and strength

· Gastric motility

· Insulin production and regulation

· Avoiding erectile dysfunction in men

Nitric oxide should not be confused with nitrates or nitrites, which get pretty bad reputation when it comes to maintaining health. These bad compounds are commonly used for preserving the processed foods, making them even more dangerous for foods. Nitric oxide shouldn’t also be confused with nitrous oxide which is the gas used in dentistry to reduce anxiety.

High blood pressure

High blood pressure can get worse when bacteria in the mouth get reduced in amount. Hence, you need to make sure that amount of these oral bacteria remains bigger. Nitric oxide’s role is instrumental in this regard.

Now, it is worth mentioning that high blood pressure is not something which can be overlooked. It is estimated that about 10 million deaths worldwide are caused by blood pressure.

The connection between oral health and the body’s ability to produce nitric oxide is mainly the part of a system which is known as enterosalivary circuit. If this circuit remains operational, it can help in maintaining cardiovascular health, systematic health and blood pressure.