No matter who you are or where you come from, you have to admit, there’s nothing like a beautiful smile. When someone flashes their pearly ivory teeth your way, you can’t help but feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Over time, I’ve noticed that even the most healthy people in the world have experienced a dental issue or two and as a result, their smile is not so bright. As a person who loves smiles, I see this as a tragedy. It’s not just about the great smile. Instead, it’s about the connection between your dental and digestive system health.
The current dental care paradigm prescribes the following regimen.
- Brush your teeth upon rising, after each meal, and before going to bed.
- Floss the spaces between your teeth to remove trapped food and plaque.
- Rinse with mouthwash
- Avoid candy, sweets, and other sugary snacks.
- Visit the dentist bi-annually for a professional cleaning and check-up.
It seems that there’s nothing we should worry about as long as we follow the steps prescribed to us by the American Dental Association. While this may ring true for some, for most of us, this regimen will result in a big fail. Here’s some food for thought.
- The enamel is in a vulnerable state after a meal and you should wait at least 3o minutes to brush.
- Most commercial toothpaste is laden with chemicals and fluoride. Consider making your own toothpaste using Queen Tae’s recipe.
- Improper flossing can result in gum cuts and infections.
- The American Dental Association does not suggest this practice, however, this board of dentists have agreed that rinsing with mouthwash kills bacteria in the mouth that can contribute to cavities and gum disease. This is unfortunate because many of the ingredients in mouthwash contribute to tooth decay. Instead of rinsing with mouthwash, consider an oil pull with either organic extra virgin coconut oil or organic sesame seed oil.
- Not only should you avoid candy, sweets, and other sugary snacks, it’s believed that grains, especially the glutenous ones, contribute to tooth decay. Also, nutritional deficiency is one of the major contributors to tooth decay. This could be a result of not eating enough nutrient dense food or having digestive system issues like candida or heavy metal poisoning that prevent you from absorbing the nutrients from food properly.
- When visiting the dentist, set some boundaries. No fluoride treatments and insist that utensils are sterilized.
Following these tips will help you get started on an amazing dental care regimen. If you’d like additional guidance in this space or help overcoming a chronic dental health issue, I encourage you to visit my online store to set up a consultation with me.
Peace and blessings