Everything you need to know about dental health
Date Posted:14 January 2022
Maintaining good oral health is not just about aesthetics and white teeth. Poor oral health can affect your digestive system and even your immunity. As always, prevention is best. Below are the key points in preventing disease and tooth decay.
Oral hygiene and gut health
The mouth is the start of the digestive system. This is where the first digestive enzymes are produced during the process of chewing and production of saliva. Chewing not only exercises the jaw muscle, which plays a role in the development of facial structure but is also the first step in breaking down food into pieces that are small enough to be digested properly in the stomach. When food is not broken down into small enough pieces, indigestion can occur and strain is put on the digestive system which can lead to bloating, wind and constipation as well as damage to the gut wall. Eating slowly and ensuring you keep your teeth healthy and strong are essential to maintaining your gut health. Too much sugar, especially the processed kind can be bad for your teeth and your gut. Too much sugar hanging around in the mouth will promote tooth decay, but it will also affect your gut microbiome and increase the number of bad bacteria living in your mouth and your gut. Bacterial overgrowth is the cause of bad breath and can lead to thrush, which can occur both in the mouth and at the other end.
How can I strengthen my teeth and gums naturally?
There are a few lifestyle changes that are important in naturally strengthening your gums and teeth. Eating mineral-rich foods like dark leafy greens and mushrooms can help to keep your teeth strong. Limiting sugary foods in your diet is another way to keep your teeth healthy without using chemicals. Refined sugar is the main food source for the bacteria that produce harmful acid and tooth decay. Staying hydrated is also important as it can help flush away food debris and bacteria from your teeth and gums – helping them stay clean and protected. Always aim to drink at least 2 litres of water every day to keep your body and teeth strong.
You can also strengthen and protect your teeth using a natural dental routine. Most people who opt for a natural dental routine will choose a fluoride free toothpaste – we’ll get into the reasons why shortly. A fluoride free toothpaste can be just as effective, as long as it’s formulated to be antibacterial, which most good natural toothpaste is. Fluoride free toothpaste is generally more natural, chemical-free and organic, which means there’s no chance of pesticides or herbicides ending up in your toothpaste. No good dental routine is complete without dental floss. Flossing keeps food out of the gaps in your teeth, preventing plaque build-up and decay. You don’t have to use plastic and chemical-coated dental floss for it to be effective. All-natural dental floss uses antibacterial plant ingredients like coconut oil to be as safe as its chemical counterparts. If you struggle to floss, you might like to try biodegradable floss picks. Biodegradable floss picks work just like floss to remove food from the teeth but are easier to handle than string floss. The PearlBar Charcoal Infused biodegradable floss picks are great because they’re coating in whitening charcoal and are much better for the environment. The last tip for removing bacteria naturally is to use a tongue cleaner. The Dr Tungs Tongue Cleaner is made from stainless steel – you essentially run it over the tongue to remove bacteria and stop bad breath. Using a tongue cleaner is comfortable, quick and effective and a great way to ensure your mouth is free from harmful bacteria.
Is fluoride in toothpaste bad for you?
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral, which is toxic in high doses in humans. It has been shown to improve the strength and enamel of teeth, which is why it is promoted for dental health. In Australia, as long with Europe and USA, fluoride is added to the drinking water to reduce dental cavities in the population. Many people believe this is increasing the chances of them being exposed to excessive amounts of fluoride. What are the effects of excess fluoride? Aside from it being toxic in high doses, which can ultimately result in death, fluoride accumulation in the body can have effects on the endocrine system, induce lipid peroxidation as well as oxidative stress and cell apoptosis. For this reason, many people opt for fluoride free toothpaste. You might feel that toothpaste with fluoride is safe as you don’t swallow the fluoride. Ultimately, the choice is yours. You can still clean your teeth and gums effectively with natural toothpaste and you can learn more about fluoride in toothpaste here.
What is the best natural toothpaste?
There are many great natural kinds of toothpaste out there. One option is the My Magic Mud cinnamon toothpaste. This cinnamon toothpaste uses bentonite clay and charcoal to whiten the teeth and kill bacteria without using fluoride. Plus, it’s a cinnamon toothpaste, which means it tastes better (and is way safer to use) than its chemical counterpart. If you’re looking to whiten your teeth naturally, you’ll want to choose charcoal toothpaste. Activated charcoal is a black powder made from burned material that’s able to soak up toxins. Charcoal toothpaste is a great tooth whitening option as the charcoal lifts and, because of the gritty texture, scrubs stains from the teeth.
Is mouthwash necessary?
No, but it can be a good idea (if your mouthwash is natural). Mouthwash should be used about 30 minutes after brushing. The best time to use mouthwash is after you floss – to rinse away any food that was removed by flossing. A natural mouthwash will be safer for your internal health as it won’t contain nasty chemicals that you’ll easily swallow in the gargling process. If you want to boost your tooth whitening routine, you might like to try a whitening mouthwash. Again, there are lots of natural teeth whitening mouthwash options so you can keep your health in mind as you improve your teeth’s appearance. A natural whitening mouthwash will often contain charcoal to achieve that alcohol-free and fluoride-free whitening.
How often should you floss?
You should floss at least once a day – twice if you can remember. Most dental floss is made with chemical-coated plastic. A natural dental floss will use biodegradable, natural fibre with plant-based antibacterial ingredients. If you struggle to floss with regular dental floss then we recommend biodegradable floss picks. Floss picks or sticks are much easier to handle, which makes it more likely you’ll floss – win, win!