A Holistic Approach to Dental Hygiene
Posted on: Sunday, October 15th, 2017
Dental hygiene is about more than just brushing and flossing. From a holistic perspective, you mouth is truly a window into your overall health and wellness. If your teeth are in the midst of decay and your gums are inflamed, then you are most likely plagued by other health problems as well. This is because the toxins and bacteria in your mouth travel to other parts of your body and trigger or exacerbate diseases. Fortunately, taking a holistic approach to dental hygiene can help you reverse oral problems, strengthen the health of your teeth and gums, and improve your overall wellness as a result.
Remove Mercury Fillings
Mercury is a powerful neurotoxin, and all amalgam fillings consist of 50 percent mercury with a blend of silver, tin, and copper. Health professionals have long warned of the dangers of excessive mercury exposure. According to the World Health Organization, even a small amount of mercury exposure can cause serious health problems due to its toxic effects on the nervous, digestive, and immune systems of the body. This means that mercury can lead to autoimmune disease, chronic illness, mental disorders, and more.
Dr. Carlson and Dr. Gilton follow the IAOMT protocol for removing amalgam fillings by taking specific precautions that prevent mercury exposure, including a strong dry suction to eliminate any vapors. In addition, Dr. Carlson and Dr. Gilton replace amalgam fillings with safe biocompatible materials and then support patients as they detoxify from mercury by taking specific supplements and eating foods high in sulphur after removal.
Clean Your Tongue
Cleaning your tongue with a toothbrush doesn’t cut it. Invest in a true tongue scraper, which is a U-shaped wire with rubber grips that scrapes the surface of the tongue to remove residue and bacteria. This supports brushing and flossing be ensuring that toxins don’t linger or build up in the mouth.
Try Oil Pulling
Holistic dentistry utilizes the most natural methods possible to attain optimal oral health, and oil pulling is one such strategy that has been used for thousands of years to rid the mouth of harmful bacteria. This technique simply involves swishing coconut oil around in the mouth for about 15 minutes. The oil’s antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties actually pull dangerous microbes out of the teeth and gums. Be sure to spit all oil out of your mouth when you’re done. You will notice that your teeth look whiter and feel cleaner, while your gums become less inflamed.
For more help utilizing holistic dental hygiene practices to safeguard your own teeth and gums, call (727) 888-6523 today to make an appointment at Natural and Cosmetic Dentistry in Clearwater, Florida. Dr. Carlson and her team will use the most natural, non-invasive, and gentle options available to help you achieve lasting oral health.