May: Oral Health

Photo: Mint from Dr. Kat’s garden

Photo: Mint from Dr. Kat’s garden

Each tooth is an individual organ with its own supply of nerves, blood vessels, and lymph. Read our tips below on how to support your teeth and gums to promote whole body health.

The mouth can be a source of hidden pathogens, increasing the infectious burden on the body. Studies have shown that pregnant women with gum disease are more likely to have children with asthma, eczema, or other inflammatory conditions. Periodontal disease in pregnancy has also been linked to preeclampsia, low birth weight, and preterm deliveries.

Oil Pulling

Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic dental hygiene practice that involves swishing oil in your mouth that decreases plaque and inflammation while improving breath and gum health.

  • Instructions:

    • Swish 1 tablespoon of organic, unrefined, cold-pressed coconut oil or sesame oil in mouth and between teeth for 15-20 minutes. Swishing activates enzymes that draw out toxins from the blood. Spit the oil out into the trash (not into the sink or toilet, as the oil can clog plumbing). Rinse your mouth afterwards. A great time to do this is while you shower.

  • Recipe: Oil Pulling Cubes

    • Ingredients:

      • Organic, unrefined, cold-pressed coconut oil

      • Food-grade peppermint essential oil

    • Directions:

      • Warm the coconut oil into a liquid state.

      • Add 20-30 drops of peppermint oil and stir.

      • Pour mixture into silicone ice cube tray or candy mold

      • Place tray in fridge or freezer to harden

      • Keep cubes in glass jar in a cool location (may need to store in the fridge in warmer months)

      • Use one oil cube per day

    • Coconut oil is a natural antimicrobial. Peppermint has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, plus leaves a nice clean-feeling in the mouth.

Mineral Support

For healthy teeth and bones, being replete in minerals is essential. Eating a whole-foods, anti-inflammatory diet rich in colorful vegetables will provide many of the minerals needed. To season your food, use a high-quality, mineral-rich salt like pink Himalayan or Celtic sea salt. Avoid using iodized or regular table salt. Talk with your provider about whether additional mineral supplementation is indicated for you.

Our Favorite Oral Care Products

  • Toothbrushes: Electric toothbrushes allow for gentle yet more thorough cleaning compared to a regular toothbrush.

  • Toothpaste: Conventional toothpaste is quite toxic as it contains harsh chemicals such as fluoride and SLS. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)  has been labeled by the Environmental Working Group as a “moderate hazard” as it is a skin irritant and common allergen that has been linked to endocrine disruption, neurotoxicity, and cancer. Herbal toothpastes with antimicrobial herbs like neem, fennel, and clove

  • Floss: We recommend daily flossing! Food gets caught in between our teeth where a toothbrush can’t reach and becomes a feeding ground for bacteria.

  • Water Pik: Hate flossing? Water piks have been shown to be over 50% more effective in reducing gingivitis. We recommend this one.

  • Mouthwash: This brand contains hydrogen peroxide to fight anaerobic dental pathogens.

  • Xylitol: This sugar alcohol is an excellent biofilm breaker and can help reduce plaque buildup.

Biological Dentists

Biological dentists aim to use therapies that are the least toxic or harmful to a patient’s terrain. They are holistic providers and understand that oral health has a significant effect on the health of the body. If you are having mercury amalgams removed, make sure the provider is certified by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) and uses the SMART protocol for safe amalgam removal.

If you have any questions on how to optimize your oral health, please speak with your provider.

Kat Bodden