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By Roni DeLuz ND, RN, PH. D

Going to the dentist can provide valuable insight to your body’s health, including your heart, lungs, brain, cells, tissues, liver, kidneys, and more. Dental health goes beyond just the basic care of your teeth. Your mouth is a treasure trove of information when it comes to your overall health, indicating disease or imbalances.

Mouth bacteria travels to organs even the brain

Flossing, brushing, tongue scraping and cleanings, help fend off removal and build-up of harmful bacteria called pernicious bacteria. Oral microbiome is comprised of more than 6 billion bacteria and nearly 700 species of bacteria in the mouth. Twenty four of these species of bacteria are known to be directly harmful to one’s health.

Bacteria grows in the cheeks, tonsils, gums and tongue of the mouth, which then travels to the bloodstream, organs, brain and gut, to start. As a result, this bacterium interferes with good bacteria and accumulates, becoming a hard plaque, not just on your teeth or in and around your mouth, but wherever the bacteria go in the system. Studies have shown a direct link to heart disease, rectal cancer, gut related illness and Alzheimer’s, finding the same plaque in postmortem patients’ brains, gut, organs and heart.

Bacteria also increases risk of strokes, and cancer by 24%, including lung, colorectal cancers and breast cancer.

Harmful bacterium transforms good bacteria to bad bacteria, as a result, it’s been known to cause disease such as esophageal cancer, hepatitis and pneumonia, etc.

Holistic Dentists

Holistic dentistry is on the rise and patients are asking their dentists for alternatives as part of their regular dental care protocol or seeking bio-dentistry. Holistic dentists use non-invasive, non-toxic methods to clean teeth, assess, diagnose and treat sick gums and teeth.

For example, a holistic bio-dentist will use lasers to clean teeth and gums, remove toxic fillings like amalgam fillings, which contain toxic mercury and metals. This harmful metal seeps into the blood stream and makes teeth brittle over time. Mercury is a known poison that remains trapped in the body, over time making people very sick. Toxic amalgam fillings can be removed and/or replaced with porcelain or composite resins. Safer fillings are made from ceramic or zirconium oxide. Beware that some resin composites, contain BPA, be mindful to request that your filling does not contain BPA or ask that a rubber barrier be placed to protect you from exposure.

Holistic dentists collaborate with holistic practitioners to understand more closely the causes behind oral disease, any notable increase in acidity, tooth decay and gum disease. These causes can be related to diet, hormonal changes, sleep disorders and stress among other possible factors. Holistic dentists use diagnostic testing to include blood work analysis and computerized digital x-rays rather than traditional x-rays. Traditional x-rays are shown by studies at Yale University, to increase non-cancerous tumors in the brain.

Typically, unless there is a medical reason, antibiotics are not used on dental infections. Some alternatives include natural mouth rinses, homeopathy and topical essential oils, like organic clove oil. Root canals are discouraged, in their place holistic dentists use herbal remedies, removal of teeth, and laser care.

Taking care of your mouth

Prevention is the first defense to good oral health; you can easily implement these steps to support your oral health and prevent disease. Should you discover decay or have pain or bleeding in the gums, ask your dentist about holistic dental options available or seek out a bio dentist in your area for consultation and treatment.

4 Solutions to a healthy mouth!

1. Pick Natural Toothpaste. Choose pastes with ingredients like baking soda (sodium bicarbonate), tea tree oil, eucalyptus oil, green tea, peppermint and menthol and veer away from ingredients like fluoride, triclosan, and sodium hydroxide.

2. Use uncoated nylon Floss! Some smooth flosses contain harmful toxins like flourinated polymers linked to kidney disease, ulcer colitis, testicular cancer and hormonal imbalance. Use flosses that are made of uncoated nylon, treated with tea tree oil, or made of bamboo. Water flosses are also shown to be more effective than string flossing, removing plaque more effectively overall. Brush and floss for two full minutes, at least.

3. Avoid Mouthwash containing alcohol! Mouthwash containing alcohol is linked to throat cancer. Rinsing one’s mouth with one cup of warm water with ½ teaspoon of salt is an effective mouthwash. Green tea not only tastes good but is anti-bacterial and protects teeth enamel and gums from further erosion.

4. Oil Pulling 3-4 times per week. It has been done for thousands of years in ancient Ayurvedic medicine. This is a simple method of rinsing the mouth by swishing around a teaspoon of organic coconut oil in the mouth for 20 minutes. Coconut oil contains lauric acid which is anti-bacterial, helps decrease plaque, fungi and bacteria. Pulling can help eliminate or improve bad breath.

For obtaining long term health advantages, you should incorporate long-term shifts in your lifestyle, which are very effective in cleansing the body, mind and spirit.

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