My university roommates, my siblings and certainly my husband can all tell you that I spend a good chunk of my life in the bathroom taking care of my teeth.
My dental routine has been important to me as far back as I can remember. I was that seventh grade kid with braces, a retainer and the ultra sexy headgear. I wasn’t born with a great set of chicklets so a lot of money went into perfecting my smile. My end of that deal was learning to take really great care of my teeth. I brushed, I flossed and for a long time had superb visits at the dentist with little to no concern about cavities or any other issues. I was even fortunate enough to be exempt from having my wisdom teeth out because I had such straight teeth with lots of room to accommodate them. This was a huge win to me.
I had a beautiful smile. It had all paid off.
I got the bad news this summer.
Due to a broken tooth left untreated I had developed a serious issue. Unbeknownst to me my entire mouth had been affected by the broken tooth and likely my entire body was being impacted. A bacterial infection had caused significant damage to my teeth and while I cannot say with 100% confidence many of the noticeable changes in my gut health and symptoms such as headaches are associated with this bacteria. Our gums are vascular and create the perfect place for bacteria to invade our bodies and circulate throughout our entire system.
You’ve likely heard about our overall health being directly connected to our oral health. I’ve never taken this so seriously in my life!
After the initial shock of this dental news settled in I knew it was time to create a plan of action. I knew I needed an excellent dentist and I knew I needed to go ALL IN on the recommendations. The silver lining in all of this came when I asked if I could recover from this health setback. The answer was a confident, YES. On the flip side of that question I learned that leaving the situation untreated could lead to diabetes, stroke and heart disease. Seems like an obvious choice so I put the plan into action.
Choosing a dentist- I will never look back from my decision to opt into Holistic Dentistry. I believe passionately in patients being treated as a complete person and offered options to empower choices. If you haven’t experienced a dental appointment where you were given a full one hour exploratory appointment with your dental professional including discussions on lifestyle I would highly recommend locating one and seeing for yourself how powerful it is. Google “holistic dentistry” or “biological dentistry” in your area to locate someone near you. Here is a link to get you started: Google “holistic dentistry” or “biological dentistry” in your area to locate someone near you. Here is a link to get you started: Find a Holistic Dentist
Invest in the tools! Being an appliance lover I found this part to be quite fun. It was highly recommended that I switch my brushing routine to include an electric toothbrush versus the manual I’ve used my entire life. The Phillips Sonicare came with the most votes. Check it out here: Philips Electric Toothbrush
In addition to the electric toothbrush (which cleans 7x better) I was instructed to add a Waterpik into my routine. Areas in the mouth that are hard to reach, teeth that are tight together or pockets caused by gum erosion can be cleaned well with this easy to use gadget. (Easy once you get the hang of it I should add. You’re not alone if you spray the mirror or yourself in the face the first few times). I went with the cordless model since I will be travelling with it in the future. Waterpik
Keep using the good stuff- I LOVE my doTerra Oral Care products and the first time I met my dentist and saw the same products on his shelf it confirmed that I was using the best products. On Guard Toothpaste and On Guard Mouthwash have been part of my daily routine for years now and the remarkable benefits of these natural health products have been profound. I wish everyone would try it once, to see for themselves how great their mouth will feel after a single brushing.
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5. Tongue Scraping- Before the day begins, literally before anything else SCRAPE YOUR TONGUE! Remove the undigested food mass known in Ayurveda as Ama, remove the built up bacteria, debris and toxins that accumulate overnight through normal processes while we sleep. Swallowing that with your morning glass of water only allows the toxins access back into your body. Gross! Find a great tongue scraper here: The Best Scraper!
These are the daily hygiene practices that will support my full recovery in approximately one years time. This excites me! It motivates me to know I have some control over this and the end goal can be met with unrelenting commitment to taking great care of myself (something we could all practice a little better).
In addition to my daily habits I’ll have some problematic wisdom teeth removed and have some specific teeth treated where the bacteria has taken the greatest toll. The most interesting part of the plan for recovery includes a bacteria test and subsequent individualized mouth rinse regimen to safely destroy the bacteria and it’s circulation in my body. I’ll be journaling the experience to see where I notice shifts in my overall health such as digestive discomfort and headaches.
I had no idea that I had an issue until that day. I think of it often and sometimes allow stress to take a hold of me. I keep my oils on hand to temper the emotions that come along with all of this and to date they’ve done an epic job at supporting balanced feelings. Hooray for sense of smell and hooray for a doctor who understands the connection.