We all know that oral health is important to maintain. We are told all the time: brush and floss everyday to prevent cavities!
But what lots of people do not know: Brushing and flossing is only a fraction of what you can be doing for your oral health. Our mouths are more complex than just a set of pearly whites and a tongue. It is the main portal to our internal organs. It is the largest opening to our bodies.
With all that being said, wouldn’t it be important to prevent as much unwanted bacteria from entering as possible? Continue reading to find out what you can add to your oral care routine for a healthy mouth and body.
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Tongue Scraping uses a metal U-shaped tool to remove the buildup on your tongue.
When done each morning before ingesting anything, tongue scraping can prevent lots of bacteria that have been accumulating in your mouth from entering into your system.
Tongue scraping can also help your breath, prevent cavities and gingivitis, and improve your internal health.
This is the tongue scraper I use! It is made with surgical grade metal and comes in a two pack.
Use Fluoride-Free Toothpaste
Did you know that Fluoride can actually be harmful to your teeth and internal health over time?
Recent studies have shown that the ingestion of fluoride is linked to cardiovascular problems, acne and skin impurities, reproductive health and infertility, and neurological problems.
Ever wonder what the white spots are on your teeth? It is actually caused by Fluoride! Dental Fluorosis is caused by the ingestion of fluoride, especially in childhood.
Risewell is a well known non-toxic and fluoride-free brand, but Boka is a little cheaper!
Drink Lots of Water
Drinking water frequently can help prevent bacteria from accumulating on your teeth, gums and tongue.
Bacteria is what causes gingivitis and other dental disease. It is also the biggest cause of bad breath.
If you typically drink a bunch of water every now and then, try switching to sipping water every couple of minutes.
Use this water bottle to help you keep track of how often and how much you are drinking throughout the day.
This is something I had never heard of before until I started following Bridgette at halfway-hippie.com.
Oil pulling draws the toxins out of your mouth. When done in the morning after tongue scraping and before ingesting anything, it can prevent those toxins and bacteria from entering your digestive tract.
How to: Simply get one tablespoon of edible oil such as coconut, sesame, or olive oil. Swish the oil around in your mouth for 10-15 minutes and spit into the trash.
You can get oil pulling kits on Amazon, or use this oil pulling mix.
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