In case you missed yesterday's blog...
Taking A Closer Look At 6 Toxic Products
You Very Likely Have In Your Home...
This week, I’m going to continue to write you short, powerful blogs exploring why I never bring any of these 6 items into my home - and why my clients don’t any more either - and I’ll give you my favourite healthy alternatives.
Some of these items might seem quite random and quite harmless to you, but many contain substances which have not been tested for safety, so we're going to dig deeper into the health consequences of having them in your home, and after this week you may think twice about buying them again too.
Listerine, one of the big brands that sells mouthwashes, was established over 140 years ago and positioned its mouthwash as an antiseptic for post surgery infection reduction, but...
...was also used as an antiseptic floor cleaner, (gulp).
Commercial mouthwash is a superficial ‘freshen up’ product without really dealing with the issues the user hopes for and worse than doing nothing, it can do a lot of harm. It may temporarily feel like it gives you fresh breath, but it won’t be very long lasting if your bad breath problem is coming from poor bacteria balance in either the gut or the mouth. Many people use it as a fall back for overall poor health habits and poor oral hygiene.
A more holistic approach recognises that the health of the mouth is intrinsically connected to the health of the endocrine system, heart and circulatory system and gut and digestive system.
4 Reasons To Reconsider Using Commercial Mouthwashes
- It Kills The Good Bacteria - A good balance of good versus bad bacteria within the body is vital for the health of the whole gastro intestinal tract, I’m talking mouth to exit. Mouthwash doesn’t discriminate; it wipes out the whole lot, which then allows the more dangerous strains of bacteria to take hold. Poor balance of micro flora is linked to all sorts of chronic illnesses. In fact higher usage of antibacterial mouthwash has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease.
- Increased Risk Of Tooth Discolouration - The alcohol and preservatives found in commercial mouthwashes strip away the protective outer coat of the teeth leaving them more susceptible to staining from strong coloured foods and drinks like red wine and coffee.
- Increased Risk Of Cavities & Bad Breath - Like with food I'm not keen on putting any chemical additives in my mouth. Many of the additives in the commericlal mouthwashes damage the enamel of the teeth making you far more prone to decay and cavities. Killing off the natural bacteria in the mouth will also leave you more susceptible to bad breath.
- Potentially Lowers IQ & Contributes To Autoimmune Diseases - Many mouthwashes contain fluoride. Though still touted by many dentists as the saviour of healthy teeth, fluoride is an industrial toxic waste and does untold damage to our bodies. It is a poisonous chemical that causes cancer, damages the nervous system and weakens the teeth and bones and has been proven time after time to lower children’s IQ and causes all sorts of autoimmune problems. Neither my kids nor I have any cavities and none of us use fluoride.
6 Tips That Can Make An Immediate Difference To Your Mouth Health
- Diet is key to overall mouth health & fresh breath - Tooth decay is the worst it has been in the last 100 years, a sure sign we’ve got something massively wrong when it comes to mouth health. Dentists admonish us with the same patter of brush more, floss more, but no amount of brushing or flossing is going to overcome poor tooth health that is affected by hormonal imbalances, mineral deficiencies and poor diets. Diets high in refined sugar, grains and simple carbohydrates are a major culprit. It might surprise you to know that teeth have a self-cleansing ability with the dental fluid within if a balanced diet is followed. The mouth is a prime location for bacteria and once again if the body is in balance, particularly the gut via a good diet, then this proves not to be a problem
- Warm water and real salt mouth rinse - This is a great way to speed up the healing of ulcers and sore throats. Be sure to use natural mineral rich sea salt or pink himalayan salt NOT table salt.
- Oil Pulling to rebalance bacteria and reduce risk of gum disease - This involves swishing the oil (usually coconut oil but any undamaged oil is good), all around your mouth for around 5 minutes, pulling and sucking it through the teeth and all around the mouth itself. The oil attracts all the bacteria, viruses and fungi that inhabit your mouth, enabling you to effectively get rid of them. This helps with oral hygiene, teeth cleaning and general immune system functioning. This makes your mouth feel cleaner, your teeth get whiter and it removes stains and plaque. It feels amazing afterwards when you run your tongue over you teeth. This technique has saved many a bad tooth that would otherwise have been sentenced by the dentist to extraction.
- Oral care products - Of course even with the best diet you still need to brush and clean between your teeth, whether that is using TePe interdental brushes, floss or a Waterpik. I absolutely love my Waterpik. It’s like a jet wash for your teeth and gets out the last remnants from between your teeth that you didn’t even know were there. A highly effective alternative to flossing around those tricky, hard to reach areas, especially as I have a brace at the moment.
- Baking soda and organic apple cider vinegar deep tooth clean - I do this around once per month for a deep clean. It’s like a volcano exploding in your mouth (and reminiscent of doing volcano experiments at school), and helps to get rid of plaque around the gum line. Your teeth will feel squeaky clean for hours afterwards. Start with packing around your teeth with baking soda and then take a mouthful of apple cider vinegar and feel the explosion in your mouth! The alkaline pH of the baking soda counteracts the acidity of the vinegar leaving a thoroughly clean mouth and teeth.
- Brilliant supplemental care for your teeth - Co Q10, as well as being a ‘must-have’ supplement for anyone on statins, its most researched benefits are shown to be great gum health. This includes inflamed bleeding gums, receding gums (which are also a sign of mineral deficiencies and bone loss in the jaw) and gingivitis.
Have fun trying one of these new healthy ways to care for your mouth and start looking at the health of your mouth as being intrinsically linked to the health of your whole body.