Compared to heart disease, diabetes, or cancer… your oral health might seem pretty low on the list.
You might almost feel vain, worrying about your teeth and your gums.
But good oral health isn’t just about fresh breath and a winning smile.
It’s about the health of your entire body.
It might seem strange, but poor oral health is linked to higher rates of heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and stroke.
Kind of makes you want to go brush your teeth right now!
Most important are your gums.
Do a quick self-test. Look at your gums in the mirror. Are they pink or red? Are they firm… or puffy and swollen looking?
Now, 90% of adults have inflammation in their gums… so don’t be surprised if you see some problem spots.
The real question is what to do about it.
Not to sound like your dentist, but the first thing is getting in the habit of regular flossing. Flossing once a day takes under two minutes, and it’s one of the surest paths to better gum health.
But you don’t have to stop there. There’s plenty more that can get your gums in tip-top shape… all of them natural, dentist-free, and inexpensive…
That’s my kind of treatment.
Gingivitis is caused, in part, by the wrong kinds of bacteria in your mouth.
You can fight bad bacteria by eating more foods that are rich in vitamin C, vitamin D, and omega-3 fatty acids. Fiber’s good too.
In fact, in one study, people who upped their consumption of these nutrients reduced swelling in their gums by 50%.
So, what to eat? Not surprisingly, things that are good for you in a bunch of ways:
- Wild-caught salmon
- Oranges and other citrus fruits
Another quick way to help your gums is to swish with coconut oil once a day.
Now I have to admit… this isn’t exactly what I would call fun. The idea is you take about a table spoon of oil in your mouth and swish it between your teeth for ten minutes. Ten minutes!
Don’t feel bad if you don’t make it the whole ten minutes the first time. But keep at it each day, and it gets easier.
And your gums will get noticeably healthier. So much so, that I bet your dentist is surprised at your next check-up.
A third easy way to give your gums some TLC is to drink green tea every day.
Green tea has antioxidants that specifically go after the bacteria that causes gingivitis. And the tea is anti-inflammatory, so it will help to heal your gums — and the rest of your body — in the process.
Do one or more of these things on a regular basis… and you can’t help but smile.
And you can look forward to a “good report” at your next dentist visit.
I don’t know about you, but there’s few things worse than getting a scolding in the dentist’s chair.
If it takes some coconut oil swishing to avoid it the next time… I’m going to try it.
Editor, Patriot Health Alliance