Posted by Debra MacIntyre, ND on July 23, 2016
Did You Know?
The bacteria in your mouth can contribute to chronic inflammation throughout your body. Medical science has shown that mouth bacteria is associated with cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus, bacterial pneumonia and even low birth weight! And if mouth bacteria has been scientifically proven to contribute to these health conditions, doesn't it make sense that it could play a role in ANY chronic inflammatory condition? I say, let's assume it could and take some simple steps to clean up our mouths.
Of course, seeing your dentist to handle tooth decay is critical to clearing your mouth of unhealthy bacteria. I'll leave it to him or her to lecture you about daily flossing, and I'll give you two additional techniques you can do at home to fight these harmful bacteria.
Effective, but not many are willing to do it...
Ever heard of oil pulling? This is a traditional oral cleansing therapy that comes from Ayurveda, which is India's ancient healing tradition. It involves taking a tablespoon of sesame oil into your mouth and then swishing and chewing it for 20 minutes. (Yes, you heard that right, a full 20 minutes... which is why many who try it don't stick with it.) When you're done swishing and chewing, you spit out the oil, which by this time has changed to a white color and is loaded with bacteria. Yuck, but as we say in naturopathic medicine, "Better out than in!" And be sure you brush your teeth right after you spit.
Quicker and easier
More power to you if you decide oil pulling is for you! If you need a simpler solution, use the following recipe to brush your teeth instead of traditional toothpaste. Not only will you fight bacteria, but you'll give yourself a good laugh when you watch in the mirror. :-)
Mix together in a cup:
1 Tbsp virgin coconut oil
2 capsules of turmeric, opened and sprinkled in (mixture is shocking yellow at this point)
This alone works very well, but if you want to take it to the max, add 1 capsule charcoal powder (now we're talking jet black!) And if you want it to taste more like toothpaste, you can add 3-5 drops peppermint essential oil (be sure it's an oral quality oil, as some are for topical use only) Stir this well and use a nice dollop on your brush. Brush really thoroughly, rinse and wipe down your basin, more for aesthetic than sanitary purposes. And don't worry, the color rinses off your teeth completely! As a side benefit, it whitens teeth, too.
In addition to helping to prevent oral bacteria-driven disease, having a mouth with less bacteria makes your breath better. Which helps to undo the image your loved-ones will see of your shocking yellow or black mouth while you brush. ;-)
Want to learn more about inflammation-driven illness?
Vitality Project is giving a free seminar that will go deeper into the causes of inflammation AND ways you can heal from it. This will be held on Thursday August 25th at 7pm and is open to everyone, regardless of if you are a patient of our clinic or not. All you have to do is register by clicking this link. I look forward to digging deeper into the subject with you! And, as always, you will leave with tips you can go home and put into use.
This should go without saying, but I'll say it anyway: I am not a medical doctor and nothing in this newsletter should be taken as medical advice. Discuss all medical issues with your own MD.