Why is it important?
Gum disease can be called by poor dental hygiene generally, smoking, immune related illnesses, emotional stress, pure nutrition and too much sugar in your diet. In particular, sugar and processed foods can cause tooth decay gum disease.
However, with appropriate effort and proper hygiene, threats to the health of our gums can be eliminated or controlled.
Failure to maintain your oral health has a range of health consequences, including cavities, decay and even gum disease.
Simple habits for good oral health
Knowing that the oral cavity both reflects our bodies’ condition and impacts our physical health, it is imperative that we make a daily habit of a few simple measures to ensure good oral hygiene.
So what do we do?
First, you should seek to reduce or nearly eliminate processed sugar. When you eat food or drink beverages containing sugar or starch, your mouth becomes acidic for 20 minutes or more, creating a threat to gums and teeth. This is particularly bad if you eat sugary foods before going to bed, and fail to wash your teeth afterwards.
Second, you should eat healthy balanced meals, incorporating healthy fats, lean proteins, complex carbohydrates and low sugar fruits and vegetables. Some of the best foods are fish including salmon, mackerel and sardines, as well as raw vegetables and apples. Vitamin C and green tea can also help. This creates a healthier environment for the mouth and leads to improved oral hygiene.
What about brushing?
It is generally recommended that you brush your teeth twice a day.
One of those times should be at bedtime, because if certain foods and drinks sit in your mouth for an extended duration they will create a serious threat to gums and teeth.
Nowadays, it is more common for people to keep a toothbrush at work to brush after eating. This is a good idea, as it allows you to brush your teeth after lunch or other snacks.
And what about essential oils?
We always say that “there is an essential oil for that” and indeed there is an essential oil for good oral hygiene and fresh breath.
How about you place two drops of doTERRA On Guard on the bristles of your tooth brush, and massage them into the teeth and gums. To promote cleanliness, you could try adding 3–4 drops of Melaleuca (Tea Tree) essential oil on the toothbrush before adding your toothpaste.
Alternatively, you could brush your tongue while including Cinnamon, or Peppermint to promote clean and crisp breath.
The following essential oils are generally recommended for better oral hygiene and fresh breath:
Our favourite? It has got to be one drop of Peppermint oil on your toothpaste before you brush. The brushing allows the Peppermint to be spread throughout the brushing and gives you fresh and clean breath for hours!
It is also recommended that you floss at least once a day. Flossing removes food debris and plaque from between your teeth and in areas your toothbrush can’t reach. Try soaking your floss in a small cup with warm salt water and Melaleuca, then rinse with the mixture for increased cleanliness.
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