Healthy Oral Care
Oral health is important! Dental issues can be symptoms of (and even cause) serious health problems that can lead to diseases and even early death.
If you’re starting to think about the source of personal care products you use every day, you aren’t alone. The organic personal care market will nearly double by 2020! A huge force driving growth is the oral care subset of the market. With an abundance of information available via the internet, consumers are more informed than ever about the potentially hazardous impacts of chemicals that were once viewed as ‘generally safe’.
Gone are the days when humans viewed all bacteria as bad little buggers that need to be eradicated. We know that in other parts of our body, killing all of the bacteria that lives inside us is a bad idea. However, the goal of standard toothpaste is twofold: kill all of the bacteria in your mouth and coat teeth in fluoride. Since we know that our bodies full of good bacteria, why would we want to kill everything that resides in our mouths?
A Healthy Lifestyle is a Must
The state of your oral health is a direct reflection of your health overall. As such, living a healthy lifestyle is the best thing you can do to positively impact the health of your mouth. Incorporating a variety of alkaline foods into your diet helps your body maintain a good pH balance. So, chow down on beans, fruits, and greens. You also should make sure you’re getting plenty of sleep and exercising daily. That way, you’ll safeguard your entire body from inflammation and infections.
Create Your Organic Oral Care Routine
Adopting an organic oral health regimen spare you from the adverse effects of things like fluoride, SLS, and glycerin. What’s even better, is that the use of natural ingredients in formulation of oral care products help protect against gum disease, periodontal disease, and bleeding gums.
Step 1: Rinse Your Mouth with Sea Salt Water
Salt is composed of sodium chloride, which restricts bacterial growth through absorbing water molecules. When you combine water with salt and use as a mouth rinse, the antibiotic effects of sodium chloride are nearly eliminated. So, what makes sea salt rinses beneficial? A study from the British Dental Journal affirms the benefits of salt water rinses, as they “temporarily alkalinize or increase pH in the mouth, which deters bacterial proliferation.”
Step 2: Scrape Your Tongue with a Copper Scraper
Scraping your tongue is an essential, and often overlooked, step in the optimal oral health routine. Tongue scraping helps stop tooth decay and bad breath. Veteran registered dental hygienist Kim Shamoun says, "I can't live without tongue scraping. Without a doubt, it should be a part of our daily oral hygiene regimen.” Soft plaque accumulates on the surface of the tongue, which not only inhibits taste buds, but also contributes to more hard plaque build up on the surface of the teeth.
Step 3: Brush with TruthPaste
The core of your optimal organic oral care routine is brushing with an all-natural toothpaste. When you brush with TruthPaste, you can rest assured that your teeth are safely getting a deep clean, among countless other beneficial outcomes.
Step 4: Oil Pulling
Swish a tablespoon of extra virgin organic cold pressed coconut oil around your mouth for 5 to 20 minutes. Make sure not to swallow! The oil is pulling out the toxins, so swallowing it would just put them back into your body. Oil pulling reduces tooth cavities, eliminates bad breath, and inhibits plaque-induced gingivitis by removing the Streptococcus mutans bacteria.