Something we all have learned while we were young: you have to brush your teeth at least twice a day. When younger, we might not give it the same attention as later on in life. I remember it has been a fight with Jonathan getting him to brush his teeth. Still now, the occasionally discussion comes up.

So today I would like to talk with you the importance of good dental health. To be honest, I never gave much thought about, that my oral health has a direct connection with my overall health. That it can even influence it.  But it is really important to take good care of you oral health. Here’s why:

“Like many areas of the body, your mouth is teeming with bacteria — most of them harmless. Normally the body’s natural defenses and good oral health care, such as daily brushing and flossing, can keep these bacteria under control. However, without proper oral hygiene, bacteria can reach levels that might lead to oral infections, such as tooth decay and gum disease.

In addition, certain medications — such as decongestants, antihistamines, painkillers, diuretics and antidepressants — can reduce saliva flow. Saliva washes away food and neutralizes acids produced by bacteria in the mouth, helping to protect you from microbial invasion or overgrowth that might lead to disease.

Studies also suggest that oral bacteria and the inflammation associated with periodontitis — a severe form of gum disease — might play a role in some diseases. In addition, certain diseases, such as diabetes and HIV/AIDS, can lower the body’s resistance to infection, making oral health problems more severe.”

I remember when I was pregnant with Jonathan, if you would even look at my gum’s, it would start to bleed. I had so much problems with my gum. I needed to go to the dentist a lot in that period of time. Since then, I must admit, it has been a bit of a challenge for me.

But then I tried a new toothpaste. It was the doTerra On Guard Natural Whitening Toothpaste. It felt like a little revelation to me. I liked the taste, which is maybe not what most people are used too. But most of all, I liked what it did. My teeth were cleaner, more polished and my mouth and breath felt really fresh and clean. The plaque and tartar were greatly reduced (almost to completely gone the later). Ans to top it off, my teeth got even whiter. Don’t think the fake Hollywood bleached white, but a nice natural white. I loved it!

My husband was always very precise about that toothpaste he wanted to have. One day he tried my On Guard toothpaste and he never heard him ask about his former toothpaste.

I shared some samples of it with friends, who had been suffering from periodontitis for a while, the tried the toothpaste and loved it. Even their dentist could see the great difference it made with them.

So what can you do to have a great oral health and with that a great overall health?

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day with doTerra On Guard Natural Whitening toothpaste.
  • Floss daily.
  • Eat a healthy diet and limit between-meal snacks, sugar and starchy foods.
  • Replace your toothbrush every three to four months or sooner if bristles are frayed.
  • Schedule regular dental checkups and cleanings.
  • Avoid alcohol and tobacco use. Also coffee and tea, because they can color your teeth brown.

As an addition I make my own mouthwash with water, baking soda and several essential oils, like On Guard, Peppermint, Lavender and Melaleuca, for an extra freshness and protection of my oral health. It is very simple to make, for the fraction of the price of products store bought and I know exactly where it is made of (no alcohol and fluoride).

Remember, your mouth is the portal to the rest of your body. Keep it clean and healthy, so the rest of your body can be clean and healthy. Wishing you a bright, healthy and white smile.

To your health,

Marie-Christine

PS I only use the doTerra oils in my home. I know these oils are safe and 100% pure. Since I don’t know the quality of any other oil company, everything I write only apply to doTerra oils.

PS2 I made a conscience decision to use products without fluoride. I think it is better for my overall health. I know that a lot of dentists advice otherwise, because it would be better for my teeth. I beg to differ. But that is not where my blog is about today, maybe another blog someday.

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Credit: my household experience and http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/dental/art-20047475?pg=1.

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