Poor dietary choices deplete the body of vitamins and minerals, which are the foundation of overall well-being. Proper nutrition makes it possible for the body to create new tissue and heal wounds. Without these building blocks, the body breaks down healthy tissue and muscle in order to heal. In addition, good nutrition is imperative for the immune system to function properly and fight off infection. The mineral most likely to be deficient in the average diet is calcium, which is key to the health of bones and teeth. Without adequate calcium, the body will take it from non-vital areas such as the jawbone1. Once the bones that are responsible for supporting teeth begin to weaken, the risk of developing periodontal disease increases substantially. Consequently, protecting one’s oral health begins with improving one’s diet.
It is a common misconception that all oral bacteria are unhealthy. Between 500 to 1000 species of bacteria have been identified in the human mouth and there are between 100 and 200 varieties present in the mouth at all times. While some are harmful, most oral bacteria actually help to prevent disease2. Gum disease is not caused by the mere presence of bacteria; it is caused by inflammation that accompanies rapidly breeding bacteria. While proper oral care and regular visits to the dentist are key steps in controlling bacterial growth, maintaining a healthy lifestyle is just as important in boosting your body’s ability to fight off all types of infection. Choosing organic foods over processed foods and choosing natural ingredients over chemical alternatives are healthy lifestyle choices. Likewise, choosing herbal toothpastes and mouth rinses with all natural ingredients rather than chemically based products with sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and other additives, is the healthiest choice you can make for your teeth and gums.
Improving Your Diet And Lifestyle Is Much Simpler Than You Might Think
If more people made lifestyle choices based on the philosophy of “you are what you eat”, it is likely that the number of people living with heart disease, Type-2 diabetes, obesity and cancer would be significantly lower. We live in a fast-paced society that chooses convenience over quality. We eat fast food and frozen meals because it is quicker than taking the time to make meals from scratch. The problem with these convenient and cheap foods is that they are cheating us out of our health by offering us next-to-nothing when it comes to the nutrients that our bodies need to remain strong. A diet that is dominated by foods containing white flour, saturated fat, preservatives, additives, high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners and residual pesticides could have a negative impact on our current and future health.
The human body is not designed to efficiently process chemically treated foods. Furthermore, our bodies absorb the chemicals found in many personal hygiene products, and after years of exposure to these toxins there can be adverse cumulative effects. Improving your health is easy with just a few simple steps:
- Choose organic and locally-grown foods because these are grown without the use of pesticides or herbicides, and buying organic helps to support local farmers and economies.
- Limit the amount of prepackaged and processed foods that you consume.
- Exercise. Regular exercise lowers blood pressure, reduces cholesterol, reduces the amount of triglycerides in the bloodstream, reduces the risk of heart disease, stroke and Type-2 diabetes, and boosts immune function.
- Choose natural health and beauty products, such as SLS free toothpaste and botanical shampoo and lotions to minimize the amount of chemicals that are absorbed into the body through the mouth and skin.
A good place to start when it comes to taking control over your health is to use the Tooth & Gums System from Dental Herb Company. These products contain no synthetic chemicals – just high quality pure essential oils and herbs such as red thyme, cinnamon bark, peppermint, lavender, eucalyptus, echinacea, gotu kola and green tea.
SLS Free Toothpaste: Another Holistic Choice for Better Oral Health
Dental Herb Company offers 100% all natural mouth care products, including a natural toothpaste made from the highest quality pure essential oils and herbal extracts. Because all Dental Herb Company products contain precisely calculated proportions of these botanicals, they provide maximum therapeutic efficacy. We strongly believe in using holistic alternatives when it comes to oral care, not only because scientific studies have proven them to be efficacious in minimizing the presence of harmful bacteria and fighting bad breath, but because limiting one’s exposure to toxins is critical in ensuring good health. Dental Herb Company products, including our SLS-free toothpaste, are proven effective. Once you try them for yourself and experience the refreshing taste and clean feeling in your mouth, you won’t want to brush your teeth with anything else.
- “How Calcium Works.” Calciumtherapy.com. Calcium Therapy Institute, n.d. Web. <http://www.calciumtherapy.com/how-calcium-works/>.
- Zimmer, Carl. “How Microbes Defend and Define Us.” The New York Times. The New York Times, 13 July 2010. Web. <http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/13/science/13micro.html?pagewanted=all>.