I’m sure at this point in home life many of us have ours Skin care routines up to a science. I would bet many of you have one too to eat healthy food and Supplement plan. While all of this is certainly important, there is an equally important aspect of our health that many of us do not address. It is also one of the Root causes of skin problems, Gut health and disease. I’m talking about your oral health care.
Just like our intestines, there can be both good and bad bacteria in our mouth. The oral microbiome is equally, if not more important than the gut microbiome, as the health of your mouth can affect not only your oral health, but the rest of your health as well.
The oral microbiome is full of bacteria that can contribute to a variety of diseases including heart disease, diabetes, and even depression.
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Taylor DukesThe Functional Medicine Nurse and Elite Private Health Advisor at Restore + Revive notes that oral health is one of the most important things she considers in her patients. Dukes takes a holistic approach to her patient’s health care, not only diagnosing a problem, but also delving into the medical history to uncover it root of the problem and the growth of their general health awareness. For example, if a patient with recurring bowel problems like SIBO (overgrowth of small intestine bacteria)It is important to make sure that your oral health is not the underlying factor. When my sister was diagnosed with Lyme disease and autoimmune diseases, her doctors even found that the metal in her mouth holder and the bases of her wisdom teeth may be contributing to her disease.
The good news is that oral health care is one of the easiest things to deal with. Read on for Taylor’s tips and tricks to take your oral health care to the next level.
Oil pulling is a Ayurveda practice this “pulls” bacteria out of the mouth. It can also help with bad breath, gingivitis, and cavity prevention. Here’s how: Measure a tablespoon of organic oil (Dukes recommends sesame oil or coconut oil) and slide it into your mouth, running it through your teeth. If you can wipe it around for 10-15 minutes two to three days a week, you will see amazing benefits. Be careful not to swallow it and spit it into the trash can (not the sink / toilet!) As it can clog your pipes later.
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DO NOT USE TOXIC TOOTHPASTE AND MOUTHWASHING
Fluoride is linked to numerous health problems, and alcohol-based mouthwashes can remove good bacteria. Swap out non-toxic oral health products to protect the microbiome. Our favorite brand is RiseWell as Dukes finds that their products use hydroxyapatite instead of fluoride.
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I am definitely guilty of not flossing enough. I do it when I think about it or when something’s stuck in my teeth, but it’s really important to prevent tooth decay and gum disease, and even protect against heart disease. Floss daily and use Dr. Tungs‘Dukes’ floss, which is natural and has been shown to be more effective than regular floss because of its soft, stretchy design.
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USE A tongue scraper
Tongue scratching is the most effective tool for improving your oral health care after brushing and flossing. It scrapes away accumulated bacteria and dead cells, improves your taste buds, strengthens your immunity, eliminates bad breath, and supports digestive health.
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FIT YOUR DIET
There are several diet changes that can have positive effects on your oral health. This may seem self explanatory since everything you eat goes by your mouth first, but some of the changes might surprise you.
- Remove Processed Foods That Are Full of Artificial Ingredients and Preservatives: Bacteria in your mouth feed on sugar and starchy particles that remain in your mouth after consuming processed foods.
- Digging refined sugars: Refined sugar is directly linked to tooth decay, heart disease, and bad mouth bacteria.
- Chew your food and practice mindful eating: Digestion begins in the mouth.
- Eat a variety of vegetables: Many vegetables can cleanse plaque, freshen breath, and are full of antioxidant vitamins that help protect against bacteria.
- Dig out sugary juices: Not only does the sugar stimulate bacteria, but the acid can lead to cavities and / or erosion.
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Improving your oral health care routine is something you can begin today with just a few changes or product additions to your morning and night routine. If you want to go a step further, find a biological dentist who is IAOMT (International Academy of Oral Medicine and Technology) certified. Biological dentists are approaching oral health care in a holistic way using natural therapies.
What are your best oral health practices?