Many people do not know yet that oral health is tightly related to overall health
While the Coronavirus is spreading around the globe, your best defense is to keep your immune system strong. It starts with your Oral Biome and only recently, has it been discovered there is a connection between your mouth and your gut health.
Unwelcome guests like nasty viruses enter your body through your mouth and will dive deep into your gut. We do possess trillions of good bacteria, fungi, and helpful viruses, which are on alert and will try to keep us healthy.
Your health starts in your mouth
How we treat our mouth is of utmost importance. Just think, alcohol-based mouthwashes kill the good bacteria, letting the nasty viruses in without resistance. Once they have access to your body, it is hard to catch them. Therefore, your best defense is to not let them in to start with.
Dr. Hyman tells his personal story of having a smoldering infection caused by a root canal treatment that went wrong. One should always try to avoid this type of dental procedure if you can.
When this infection was discovered, he got a strong antibiotic that wrecked his gut and caused an extra very dangerous infection called C.diff (Clostridium difficile) The reason one should try not to come in a situation where antibiotics are required.
It is quite amazing that still nowadays mercury, nickel, zinc, and lead are used in dental procedures. These are some of the most toxic substances on earth. Something else is that toothpaste with fluoride is still promoted when by now we know it to be harmful.
Have a look at this YouTube video where your microbiome is explained.
Unhealthy toxins in your toothpaste
The product you brush your teeth with is really important. Have a look at the toothpaste tube. It will contain ingredients toxic to humans, animals, and the environment in general. You will probably see titanium dioxide, limonene, and sodium lauryl sulfate on the label. These ingredients can also be in so-called “natural kinds of toothpaste” so read the label carefully.
Another nasty ingredient might be SLS and glycerin. It might derive this from palm oil and sneak in under multiple names. You will have heard how awful palm oil is and the consequences for wildlife. Have a look at the following link where the devastating effect of palm oil is explained.
To think that our toothpaste contributes to the suffering of animals and the destruction of their habitat made me think. Neither should one forget that those plastic tubes are also a problem as they are not recycled.
How and with what do you brush your teeth?
Some people think the harder their toothbrush, the stronger it is, and therefore will effectively get rid of plaque. If you use a toothbrush like that, you are doing more harm than good. You will remove the protective enamel with all that hard brushing and leave your teeth unprotected. The best way to brush your teeth is in a circular motion.
The idea to brush your teeth right after finishing a meal is not good as a lot of things we eat are acidic. Grains, sugar, certain dairy products, processed foods, sodas, and sweetened drinks weaken the tooth enamel. That is why one should better wait for some 30 to 45 minutes before brushing as then the enamel has recuperated.
You have the option to make your own toothpaste at home. It is cheap and easy to make. OK for the environment and good for your teeth. You only have to mix the following 2 ingredients and you are ready to go. Take a small spoon of coconut oil and mix it with some baking soda. They say this mixture to be more effective in reducing plaque than normal toothpaste.
Especially nowadays, we have to keep our immune system strong. With common sense and some changes to our oral habits, we will be able to do just that. So the advice is, do not kill the good bacteria in your mouth as they are the first defense mechanism our body has.
I have come across this YouTube video of Dr. Bruce Lipton. I think it is very important, especially for now when the entire world is suffering from this crisis. I think we have been doing it wrong for a very long time. Please have a look, it is an eye-opener.
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Source: Sierra Club, Article by Jessian Choy on March 4, 2020. Dr. Tom O’Bryan, Dr. Mark Hyman, The Urban Monk.
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It is also very important to take care of what food you eat. Humans have invented quite a few terrible things. One of them is Franken Foods. Have a look at the following post.
Hello Taetske, I must say that this article is very helpful and informative. It is great that I stumbled upon your article because honestly, I did not know that our oral care is important to prevent this terrible virus. Thank you for sharing your knowledge, I will definitely follow your advice. May God help us!
Good afternoon Danijel,
Nice to see you again. Thank you for your visit and comment.
I was also surprised at the beginning when I found out about it. But it does make sense. Good and bad enters through our mouth but when we kill our good bacteria which function as a protective barrier we are open to all kinds of pathogens.
By just changing the habit of rinsing our mouth with alcohol-based liquids we keep those good bacteria alive.
How are things in your country? Here in Spain, everything is closed only food shops, pharmacies, and where you buy your newspaper are still open. People who are walking on the promenade are being sent home by the police. We are taking it easy, go shopping once a week and for the rest, we stay home enjoying spring in the garden and eating loads of oranges. Stay safe.
Thank you for this useful article. I learned a lot in just 5 minutes of reading.
I didn’t know that we can make our own toothpaste with only coconuts oil and baking soda. Although, I am a bit confused here because I’ve read somewhere that baking soda is a real poison for the heath. What do you think about this?
I do have a question, though. You’ve mentioned that it’s better to wait 30 to 40 minutes before brushing the teeth after a meal. Why is that?
However, my father used to tell me that unhealthy teeth can lead to sickness and he was right:)
Thank you again, and I am looking forward to reading more of your posts!
Good afternoon Daniella,
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To make toothpaste with coconut oil and a little baking soda does not present a health risk. You are after all not swallowing it. The first thing I do in the morning is to take the juice of an ecological lemon, I have them here on my farm. I put a third of a teaspoon of baking soda, a little Himalayan salt and pour some warm water. It forms an alkaline solution and this I drink on an empty stomach.
You are right I should have explained why one should wait a while with brushing teeth after a meal. A lot of foods we eat are acidic and weaken our tooth enamel. When we wait like 30 minutes the tooth enamel has recuperated again. I have added this to my post.
This was an extremely useful post packed full of actionable advice and information. Maintaining a healthy biome on our oral cavity (mouth) makes so much sense. I had heard how the heart could be directly affected if there are oral issues but did not know about the links to other diseases.
I brush my teeth at least two to three times a day now, but I will be switching to home-made toothpaste. The commercial stuff out there has too many toxins.
Do you think that this is an issue that we should be getting out to all countries? I know that as you mention, there are some countries where the people do not have toothbrushes (another racket as some are so expensive these days).
Great article and thanks for educating us all on things like this, we are all better for stopping by to learn from you!
Good afternoon Dave,
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Especially nowadays the health of our Oral Biome is of utmost importance. Changing this one harmful habit of using alcohol-based mouthwashes can have a positive result. Your immune system will be optimum and can battle the enemy.
In countries where people cannot afford toothbrushes they normally are eating healthier things, less processed foods. But Coca Cola and Mc Donald are nearly known everywhere with disastrous results. In general, we all have a decent set of teeth but our bad habits ruin it.
Take care and stay healthy.
There are 2 things I learned from my last visit to the dentist. That was 5 months ago. Brushing too hard and after meals. You got these two points absolutely correct. The damage was USD120. I fell off my chair. I hope all your readers take note of all the information here.
Good afternoon Sharon,
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I can imagine you fell from your chair with a bill of $ 120 to be told you brushed your teeth too hard. I suppose you have changed your oral habits and your teeth have recuperated. All the best and stay safe.
This is a very insightful post. I remember going to India back in the late seventies to visit my grandparents. They lived very simple lives in basically what would be called mud hut villages. Toothpaste was not used. Instead, we used ‘chew sticks.’
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Thank you for sharing this information.
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That Wikipedia link is really interesting. Amazing how Mother Nature provides for our needs. There is actually no need for plastic toothbrushes or man-made toothpaste. Back to nature, not a bad idea. Stay safe.
And the beauty is, Taetske, that it really does keep your teeth clean, healthy and bacteria-free. Sometimes you get a stalk that doesn’t taste so great. We are trying to stay safe. I send the same sentiment back to you.
Spain seems to be getting hit hard. Canada has taken some austerity measures. I still think that this whole epidemic is a “Scam Or Dare.” Your site is saying that I am submitting too quickly.
“Scamordare” LOL. Talk soon.
We that can create from home are blessed.
Good Morning Paul,
I must confess that I have never tried a stick for my teeth but reading how many trees provide good ones world wide it shows how Mother Nature cares.
I think Spain is handling it quite well. The government announced that 20% of the GDP will be used to help all sectors/people so we all make it through this crisis. Like not having to pay your mortgage for 6 months, have your electricity, water, and gas guaranteed and getting money when the company sends you on holiday.
Sorry, my site sad that. I have seen it on other people’s sites sometimes, it can be annoying. Happy you could summit.
Yes, we are blessed as we work from home. Here spring has started so I can make a tour in the garden and get some fresh air and sunshine. Stay safe.
Hi Taetske, I was aware of the fact that mouth hygiene is important, I do mention that, not with so many words as you, in my latest post. Thank you for this insightful information, it really makes sense.
Good afternoon Loes,
Thank you for your visit and for your comment. Always nice to see you again.
When you think that we kill the good bacteria in our mouth thinking we are cleaner it really needs some reeducating.
Let us hope this crisis will soon be over and we get on our feet again.
Thanks for sharing this helpful information about keeping a healthy oral biome in order to achieve the best possible health. I have tried using coconut oil for oil pulling a while back but did not find it to be effective for me.
However, I am interested in testing out a paste made with coconut oil and baking soda. That sounds like it could be the perfect solution!
Good Morning Aly,
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We are all different, so not every treatment works well. At least with these natural treatments, you will not harm yourself. I have used coconut oil pulling for some years now and find it very beneficial.
The homemade toothpaste is good and I would say try it to see the results.
Wow, this article has really opened my eyes, as I never really thought about the toothpaste that I use as being bad for me, as I just spit it out after brushing, but forgetting that it can still be absorbed through the tissue in the mouth.
I will definitely start reading my toothpaste labels more carefully or maybe try the homemade one you recommend. I remember my dad used to make us brush our teeth with soap when we were young. I wonder how good this is for one, but I suppose once again it depends on the ingredients in the soap?
Good Morning Michel,
Good old times, but dear me, brushing your teeth with soap sounds a tic harsh to me. I suppose in those times the soap was different, more natural.
For this website, I wrote a post about the soap of Cleopatra. It is still being made nowadays. They make it of olive oil and laurel leaf so that could be even beneficial for your teeth.
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I have heard that alcohol-based mouthwashes was bad for your teeth. But I didn’t know that it killed the good bacteria in your mouth. Usually, you learn at school that the bacteria in your mouth start the digestion process. But you do not learn this place is the first defense line against nasty viruses. I will for sure keep in mind your advice about brushing your teeth after finishing your meal.
One thing is for sure. I will try to make my toothpaste with coconuts oil and baking soda. I love the idea. Thanks for your article.
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In the past, I would use chemical mouthwashes but I stopped doing that when I found out, it is not good. One always learns new things, that is what life is about. A good idea you will try brushing your teeth with coconut oil and baking soda. The fewer chemicals in our lives, the better.
This article was very helpful. I learned a lot from the videos. Such great and important information you spread here. Really glad I passed thru this. I did just share it with more people.
We all need to be aware of the world we live in and always know what’s good for our health.
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I also think that the information in the 2 videos is unusual and helpful. It is a good idea you shared it with more people. The more information we have on our health, the better.
I know for a fact that a person’s dental health affects their overall health. A friend of mine had her heart valve infected because of a bad tooth and was hospitalized for weeks. It’s no surprise, then, that your body’s immune system can’t be at its best when your mouth is sending poison throughout your body. Thanks for posting!
Good afternoon Cynthia,
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Everything is related and therefore we have to take care of our whole body. It is not good to only take a pill when something aches. One should find the underlying reason first.
With the Coronavirus, one sees how important it is to take care of your immune system. Sunshine, vitamin C and D3, wholesome food, and fresh air. I hope you are staying safe.