Did you know that of all the factors that determine the overall health of your body, a significant factor is the health of your mouth? Dental problems can be both symptoms or causes of serious health problems—some leading to disease or even early death.
That’s why it’s so incredibly important to practice good oral hygiene. There’s just one problem…
Even if you already have what’s considered stellar oral care habits (you know, the traditional brush and floss), if you use commercial toothpastes, mouthwashes, and fluoride rinses, you’re actually subjecting yourself to harsh chemicals that strip your mouth of beneficial bacteria and that can even potentially cause other harmful side effects.
So, what do you do?
You learn how to care for your oral health naturally. Here are a few tips that we’ve found invaluable.
1. Start from the Inside Out with a Healthy Diet
It’s a fact that before indigenous cultures incorporated the typical Western diet, they had very healthy teeth. The truth is, what you eat has a direct cause-and-effect relation to your oral health, and taking care with what you eat might even be the most important thing you do for your oral health.
Dr. Weston Price researched this and found that cultures exist with perfect teeth, even though they don’t brush or floss. To learn how to care for your teeth from the inside out, avoid artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, and pesticides as much as possible, along with GMOs and refined sugars. Another thing to limit is phytic acid, something found in unsoaked and unsprouted grains, nuts, and legumes. Phytic acid is the protection that plants use to help their seeds survive, but when ingested in the body, it can block the absorption of calcium and other nutrients.
The best diet for optimal oral health includes whole foods, lots of nutrient-rich vegetables, protein, bone broth, and healthy fats.
2. Amplify Your Nutrients with Supplements
It’s always best to get as much nutrition from your diet as possible, but supplements also have their place, especially if you want to help your teeth heal themselves and attain great oral health. For healthy teeth, it’s helpful to include fat-soluble vitamins, chiefly vitamin D, but vitamins A, E, and K are good, too. Other supplements to consider are fermented cod liver oil or even coconut oil.
3. Spend the First Few Minutes of Your Day Oil Pulling
Oil pulling is an Ayurvedic tradition where you swish oil (like coconut oil, sesame seed oil, or sunflower oils) for 5-20 minutes immediately after you wake up and then spit it out (always be sure NOT to swallow it as it contains the toxins it just “pulled” from your mouth). Swishing oil has been shown to help pull out the toxins and bad bacteria, essentially detoxifying your mouth and your body. Some of the oral health benefits of oil pulling are whiter gums, decreased sensitivity, stronger gums and jaw, lower instance of bad breathe, reduced inflammation, and less likelihood of cavities and gingivitis. Not bad for something you spend doing just 5-20 minutes day.
4. Practice Tongue Scraping
Some people swear by tongue scraping, including us, and with good reason. This often overlooked technique is essential to achieving stellar oral health. The tongue is the first line of defense for the immune system and when it’s covered with bacteria, not only are you likely to suffer from a less-effective immune system and poor health, but your taste buds will not be able to maximize your favorite flavors. Simply scrape your tongue every morning and see the difference for yourself.
5. Use a Natural Toothpaste That’s Actually Good for You!
Even when you’re eating well and doing everything else we’ve mentioned, it goes without saying that brushing your teeth is essential to good oral health. But, like we said above, most people use a commercial toothpaste that actually strips the teeth of beneficial bacteria and exposes the teeth to a number of harsh chemicals. The best way to counter this is to use a natural and effective toothpaste that treats your teeth to a purely positive cleaning experience.
Learn more about how our natural TruthPaste can help you truly achieve stellar oral health.