May is National Dental Care month!
And for those of you like me who are old enough to remember, there was a commercial in the early 70s for Ultra Brite toothpaste featuring the beautiful late actress, Farrah Fawcett.
The camera zooms in as she flashes her famous pearly whites and says, “Mother never told me about Ultra Brite!”
Of course, what the makers of Ultra Brite wanted you to think was that if you used their toothpaste, you’d have a gorgeous healthy smile like Farrah.
But it’s not quite that easy.
While daily brushing is important, most people don’t realize that the health of your mouth goes way beyond what brand of toothpaste you use, and it can affect you from head to toe.
Here’s what I mean.
Look out below!
In addition to merely having a nice smile, healthy teeth and gums are crucial to the proper functioning of your digestive tract!
Digestion actually begins in your mouth—alkaline enzymes in your saliva begin breaking down carbohydrates well before your food reaches your stomach.
The process of chewing sends signals to your brain, which in turn tells your stomach that food is on the way down so it can prepare its secretions.
And how well you chew your food makes a big difference in whether or not the rest of its journey through your GI tract is smooth and comfortable or whether you will experience heartburn, gas, bloating and/or constipation.
Something wrong in there?
There are several mouth-related problems that people experience, and here are four of the most common:
1- BAD BREATH (aka halitosis)
Although halitosis can be caused by poor dental hygiene, tooth infection, sinus problems, gum problems or tonsillitis, one of the common culprits behind bad breath lies in an area about 24 inches south of your mouth.
Your lower GI tract.
That’s right—bad breath can be a sign of any of the following:
- H. Pylori infection in the stomach
- Low stomach acid production
- Imbalanced gut microbiome
- Pancreatic insufficiency
- Constipation (please don’t ask me to elaborate)
2- Gingivitis and periodontal disease
Gingivitis is an inflammation of your gums that if left unchecked, can progress to periodontal disease—an inflammation of the bone around your teeth which can result in tooth loss.
According to the CDC, nearly 50 percent of adults aged 30 years and older have some form of periodontal disease.
And the risk continues to increase with age—70 percent of adults 65 and older have periodontal disease.
3- Poor tooth health
Poor tooth health is frequently the result of nutrient deficiencies.
Remember your teeth are bones just like the rest of your skeleton—and since your other bones need 19 specific nutrients to remineralize, the same applies to your choppers.
4- Imbalanced oral microbiome
Your mouth has a microbiome just like your gut, and when harmful bacteria, viruses and fungi have the “upper hand,” that can lead to a whole slew of problems including the following:
- Plaque on the teeth
- Bleeding and receding gums
- Mouth ulcers and sores
- Oral candidiasis/thrush
- Cavities and tooth decay (caries)
- Respiratory infections
- Even heart disease and cancer!
Smart steps to a healthy smile & mouth
If you want a healthy mouth and smile, you need to look beyond toothpaste and support proper oral health.
Here are some smart steps to take:
Brush and floss daily
I know most people are OK with the brushing part, but many find flossing a nuisance or they “don’t have the time.”
Get over that already. Flossing is crucial to tooth and gum health, and it doesn’t take that long. I have timed myself and it takes me about a minute and 11 seconds to do my entire mouth.
No more excuses.
See your dentist once a year
This should be obvious, but many people avoid the dentist like the plague.
Not only is the thorough cleaning you get at the dentist’s office great for your teeth and gums, but your dentist can also detect potential issues long before they become major problems and take corrective action.
Help correct nutritional deficiencies
Concentrate on nutrient-rich real foods like meats, poultry, wild-caught fish, fresh vegetables, eggs, nuts, butter, dairy and olive oil. These are the foods that will help nourish your body from head to toe.
At the same time, avoid fast food, processed foods, sweets and soda like the plague.
And to help ensure that you have health-supporting levels of essential nutrients, our Super Core multi-vitamin and mineral formula is as good as it gets.
Super Core has been carefully designed to give you an optimized amount and ratio of all the vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients your body needs to function and flourish. This comprehensive formula delivers:
- Fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K), all B vitamins plus over 3x the RDA requirement of Vitamin C
- Critical minerals including iodine, calcium, magnesium, zinc, selenium, copper, manganese, chromium, molybdenum, boron and vanadium
- High antioxidant blend, which includes the antioxidant vitamins C and E plus zinc and selenium, as well as lutein, lycopene, and zeaxanthin, resveratrol and the “cream of the antioxidant crop”—alpha lipoic acid.
- Natural herbal anti-inflammatories including turmeric, Boswellia, and ginger.
As I mentioned above, food sensitivities, H. pylori infection, low stomach acid and pancreatic insufficiency can cause bad breath and other problems.
If you suspect any of these may be an issue for you, see your doctor and get the appropriate tests.
Help balance both microbiomes
When it comes to rebuilding and maintaining a healthy microbiome balance, supplementation with a potent, full-spectrum probiotic formula is a must! And our Super Shield PLUS multi-strain probiotic formula is up to this very important task.
Super Shield PLUS’s 15 potent strains of probiotic bacteria and generous 20 billion CFUs can give your microbiomes the support they desperately need.
Consider replacing amalgam fillings
Contrary to what people believe, “silver” amalgam fillings are only silver in color—and they contain 50 percent mercury!
Mercury is a deadly neurotoxin which not only can damage your brain but also make you more susceptible to periodontal disease.
One study in particular showed that when amalgam fillings were removed, nearly 90 percent of the oral cavity symptoms being examined in the study subjects were eliminated or vastly improved.
Talk to your dentist about removing your amalgams and replacing them with composite fillings.
Rethink whitening strips
The initial concern with hydrogen peroxide-based tooth whitening strips was damage to the tooth’s outer layer—the enamel.
But recent research suggests that tooth whitening dangers also include damaging the tooth layer known as the dentin (a protein-rich area that binds the roots to the gum).
This can eventually decrease collagen levels in the teeth.
You can naturally help whiten your teeth by staying well-hydrated and breathing through your nose, as dry mouth is a common cause of discolored teeth.
Also limit coffee, tea, cola and red wine, quit smoking, avoid antibiotics as much as possible and use toothpaste with activated charcoal.
Do all you can to help encourage healthy teeth and gums, and you’ll have many great reasons to “say cheese!”
To your health,