Oral health is about so much more than appearance and kissable breath,
it’s the gateway to our health – yet, when it comes to oral healthcare, we’re
taught to outsource! Thankfully, unlike the complicated insides of a car
engine, our oral health is fairly simple. With a few tips you’ll be well on your
way to feeling confident and empowered in caring for your mouth!
The first and most important thing to keep in mind is that our teeth are
alive! Like any internal organ, they respond to the environment of the body.
In stress and disease our teeth become vulnerable to decay. In vibrant
health, they grow back.
To improve overall health, polish your grin and save a few coins at your
next dentist visit, it helps to get familiar with your mouth. Here’s some
things you can start right away to improve and better understand your
Start with a toothpaste (or gel, or powder) made from food ingredients like
bentonite clay, calcium carbonate, xylitol, natural salts and essential oils.
Anything that goes into your mouth is absorbed through the epithelial layers
in your mouth and circulates through your entire body. Check out your local
health food store for these or find a great recipe online to play with.
Use a dental mirror (available at most drugstores) to look around at the
back of your mouth, make notes of discolored or black spots so you can
keep track of weather they’re growing, remaining the same or are healing.
Also, take note of sensitive spots, plaque build-up and breath. All of these
things are alive and responsive to environment, so they can improve with
After brushing to refresh and support healthy PH, use a simple salt and oil
based mouth rinse. Essential oils like Frankincense, Clove, Myrrh,
Cinnamon and peppermint help to block quorum sensing. Quorum sensing
is one of the ways the bacteria that form plaque communicate. To make a
rinse, drop 1-2 drops of oil directly into your choice of unrefined salt, then add salt to a large jar of filtered water. Use this rinse after acidic beverages
(like lemon water, coffee or alcohol) if you have sensitive teeth.
Adding the extra minerals helps to feed healthy bacteria and create an
environment that is inhospitable to pathogenic bacteria. It also super
charges saliva to protect the teeth throughout the day.
Floss gently between teeth, avoid digging into gums – aggressive flossing
can cause inflammation in the gums. If there are areas that aren’t being
reached by floss or brushing, like the gum pockets or the very back molars,
use a soft plastic dental probe to wipe away build up.
Ayurveda teaches tongue scraping first thing in the morning as a way of
stimulating the gastrointestinal tract to “wake up!” and getting rid of halitosis
(bad breath) causing bacteria. Using a copper tongue scrapper is
antibacterial for many types of bad bacteria, but provides enzymes that
feed probiotics in the mouth!
Feeding a healthy mouth is feeding a healthy body. Our teeth are
especially hungry for fat soluble vitamins like Vitamin E, D3, A and K2.
These are most commonly found in pasture raised animal fats, organ
meats, eggs. Quality fish and fish oils are another rich source of these
Although teeth can be slower to grow back, you can be sure that caring for
them with the same respect you treat your stomach or heart health will
create significant change over time. This holistic approach to oral
healthcare will give your mouth something to smile about!
Maddie Elise, RHN became obsessed with oral healthcare when she was
in school studying nutrition, the standard of oral care available on shelves
just didn’t cut when it came to her smile. After years of study and home
experiments, Maddie developed her own toothpaste alternative, Gaia
Smiles Tooth Powder (available for order at MaddieElise.com). Maddie
believes we should each be in the driver’s seat of our health experience,
She has since been teaching oral healthcare workshops in her hometown Kelowna, B.C.