In honor of Shark Week, let’s talk teeth!
Last week, I visited the dentist for my 6-month cleaning appointment and received a glowing report: no cavities, no gum disease, not even a “you could be flossing or brushing better.” When is the last time you got a report like that? Well, for me, this was phenomenal news compared to my last dental visit…
See, earlier this year, I went in for my normal cleaning and the dentist gave me some grim news. Apparently I had a serious bacterial infection that was causing gum disease in my mouth. I was urged to spend $500 on a test that would pinpoint the exact bacteria attacking my mouth, which would direct them to prescribe the appropriate antibiotics, and maybe even steroids, to fight the bacteria. I was also told to implement a new routine into my dental care: schedule cleanings every 3 months and purchase a high-end water pick as well as a pricey prescription dental wash (which I was appalled to find contained sucralose!). To top it all off, the dentist mentioned that if this gum disease continued to ravage my mouth, it would likely cause heart disease and infertility problems. Way to put the fear into a patient!
Okay, so I am admittedly cynical when it comes to anyone in the health profession. Let’s be honest, this is their job… it’s how they support their families, and more problems with a patient certainly mean more money for them. This was certainly not the first time in my life to receive a terrible diagnosis from a medical professional, and I knew from experience that I needed to do a little research of my own before agreeing to any treatment.
I take great care in what I put in my body, whether it’s food and drink or the hygiene and beauty products that my skin absorbs. A few years ago, I learned about the dangers of fluoride and have since been filtering it out of my water at home as well as avoiding it in dental products. Fluoride is used to prevent cavities because it kills the bacteria in our mouth, but unfortunately, we are getting far too much of it and it’s causing lots of health problems in the general population. Just a few examples include cell death, brain damage, dementia, bone issues, lowered immune function and thyroid problems. (Read more here and here.) I take a daily iodine supplement to counteract the fluoride that I do consume through water outside my home and bathing since Austin’s water contains it. More and more people are beginning to hear about the dangers of the fluoride chemical being added to our water supply, and some places, like Portland and Israel, have even voted to prevent it. I have personally seen improvement in my hormone issues and memory since removing it. All that to say, I needed a dental care solution without toxic fluoride or other harmful chemicals, which meant the dentist’s solutions were not going to happen.
Having found natural healing for so many other health issues in my life, I began to seek out some trusted sources that have helped in the past. Thanks to a recommendation by my favorite Dr. Cate, I found a product called OraWellness. I purchased the OraWellness HealThy Mouth Blend to give it a try. It is a blend of organic essential oils with bacteria-fighting properties to fight against gum disease and the bacteria that causes cavities. Basically, you use a few drops of the blend on your toothbrush instead of toothpaste. It was hard to get used to not using toothpaste, but within a week I was sold. It tastes great and the small bottle travels easy. I also love that you can use it on your floss or as a mouthwash for a deeper clean. My mouth has never felt so fresh. Plus, since you are just using a few drops at a time, a bottle usually lasts me 2-3 months, which is totally affordable. Also, they have these great toothbrushes with less bristles that feel so much better on my sensitive gums (thank you, seasonal allergies). If you want to learn more about why the blend works, you can visit their website directly. Their blog also has some great insight into other dental care topics as well as how important a healthy mouth is to overall wellness.
Now, six months later, after using the product twice a day, I am free of gum disease, bacterial infection, cavities and have clean, fresh breath. Plus, I swear my teeth are whiter! The dentist was shocked by the transformation of my mouth, and hopefully slightly convinced that the natural way can indeed heal.
Had you heard about the dangers of fluoride? Would you ever try something new and natural to clean your teeth and gums?