Oral Therapy: 3 Strategies for Mouth-Stardom
Did you know that our mouths are the first line of defense when it comes to protecting our immune system? We often think of cavities (tooth decay) as a surface issue, but unwanted bacteria can enter our blood stream through our mouth and potentially impact other parts of our body. We know that brushing our teeth at least twice a day, flossing and routine dental visits are imperative for oral health. But there are other amazing supplemental therapies that can help our teeth become stronger and whiter without the aches and pains of teeth whitening products or expensive price tags. One of my current favorites? Oil pulling! But I’m getting ahead of myself. First…
Tooth Decay 101
Did you know that tooth decay is largely preventable? Even so, it remains the most prevalent chronic disease in both children and adults. Dental caries (or tooth decay) is an infection, bacterial in origin, that leads to the gradual demineralization of enamel, which in turn destroys the structure of the tooth. So, what can you do?
3 Strategies for Mouth-Stardom
Strategy #1: Oil Pulling
Oil pulling has been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine. It involves swishing or “pulling” oil in your mouth for a period of time. Because plaque is fat soluble, the oil is able to grab hold of it and remove those unwanted bacteria and toxins. Oil acts as the perfect mouthwash! Oil pulling also naturally whitens teeth, improves gums and decreases bad breath! Some people have even seen an improvement in their skin conditions, asthma, headaches and hormone imbalances, although research is limited.