Are bad health issues causing bad dental health, or is bad dental health causing bad health issues? It can go both ways!
It’s obvious that eating a diet full of processed foods, candy and sugary drinks can cause your dental health to plummet. Your teeth will yellow, cavities will develop and your gums will start to deteriorate. However…
Did you know that if you’re eating well but not taking care of your teeth, it can lead to bad health across the board? Sure, you’ll see the same signs of plummeting dental health. But other harmful things will start happening. First, bad bacteria will start to accumulate.
Having more bad than good bacteria in your mouth will wreak havoc: plaque will build up, teeth will start to decay, bad breath will develop, and your gums will become red and bleed. That’s when toxins and pathogens start sneaking into the body.
Unfortunately, the mouth is an excellent portal for an invasion of harmful bacteria and toxins. If you have an infection or open sore or wound in the mouth, the bacteria can sneak in that way. Or, if you let the bad bacteria build up, you can breathe it in or swallow it while eating. Then it will be absorbed into the bloodstream and travel to various organs where it causes damage and contributes to chronic inflammation.
What diseases and conditions can develop?
- Cardiovascular disease — Bacteria can cause inflammation and infection that lead to heart disease, clogged arteries and strokes. While chewing, bacteria sticks to your food and gets absorbed in the bloodstream when you swallow and digest it. While floating through your blood, the bacteria can get trapped in blood vessels and cause harmful blockages.
- Endocarditis — When bacteria gets into the bloodstream, it can attach itself to damaged areas of the heart. This can cause an infection of the endocardium, which is the inner lining of your heart.
- Diabetic complications — It can be harder to control your blood sugar when your gum tissue is inflamed from periodontitis (severe gum disease). Infections in your mouth can lead to low-grade inflammation throughout the body, which affects your ability to process sugar.
- Respiratory infections, such as pneumonia — Think about it… If you have bad bacteria sitting in your mouth, and you breathe in, where does it go? Right into your lungs! Now think about how many times a day you breathe! (Just so you know — it’s up to 30,000 times!) Over time, bad bacteria could cause some serious problems.
- Pregnancy complications — Premature birth and low birth weight can result from severe gum disease causing an increase of a chemical compound called prostaglandin. Prostaglandin can induce early labor.
- Dementia — There is a possibility for Alzheimer’s disease to develop when bacteria from gingivitis travels to the brain through nerves in the head or through the bloodstream.
These all feel like terrifying results of poor dental health. Could regular brushing be the key to preventing infection and disease?
How to Prevent Poor Health through Good Dental Health
Taking care of your teeth is SO important. It’s also important to eat real, nutritious food, but you have to have good dental health so you can properly chew and consume your food. If you didn’t develop good brushing habits as a child, it’s not too late to start.
First, are you still using the tube? “Toxipaste” can do more harm than good to your teeth. It can strip your mouth of its good bacteria, which allows the bad stuff to run rampant. Besides being full of harmful, toxic chemicals, toothpaste does nothing to remineralize your teeth. And that’s really important since most of the food we eat is grown in mineral-depleted soil. So what should you use instead?
Dirty Mouth™ Toothpowder is an amazing alternative made with a blend of three types of clay that help clean and detoxify your mouth and also whiten and remineralize your teeth. It also contains essential oils that make the toothpowder taste great and fight germs. The Black formula has charcoal added to it for extra detoxifying and whitening power.
Now let’s take a look at what you’re brushing with. An ordinary toothbrush from the drugstore will do just fine. But what if you could kick it up a notch? We recently launched a Charcoal Ion Toothbrush with a beautiful bamboo handle. The activated charcoal bristles have negative ions that bind to toxins and acids and pull them out of your mouth. This helps whiten your teeth and get rid of bad breath.
We suggest brushing for two minutes twice a day, every day. You should also replace your toothbrush every three months to keep it in tip top shape.
Do you brush your tongue? If you’re scrubbing with your toothbrush, you’re actually smashing the coating on the tongue further into the surface. A tongue scraper will gather all the gunk and bacteria and remove it in about five to 10 swipes. Debris can build up on your tongue from eating and brushing. If a coating develops, it can cause bad breath, and the harmful bacteria sitting there can creep back on to your teeth.
Finally, how are you taking care of your gums? Dirty Mouth Boost is a gum serum created from 11 essential oils to promote the health of your gums and mucous membranes. The essential oils improve your dental health, thanks to their numerous beneficial properties, including: antimicrobial, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antiviral and analgesic.
There’s always room for improvement in your brushing routine. Add one or all of our dental products to start seeing positive changes not just in your dental health, but also possibly in your overall health.