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Dental Health

By: Michelle Balint, PharmD, Integrative Health Practitioner – Ehardt’s Pharmacy and Medical Supply

Tooth health can be a sign of overall health. Poor teeth health can be linked to heart issues, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, etc. The basics of tooth health is to brush twice daily and floss at least once daily. Scraping your tongue morning and night can also be helpful as well as rinsing your mouth with water after eating or drinking anything. Goldfish and other processed foods can actually inhibit your teeth from absorbing nutrients which can wreak havoc on tooth health.
Our mouths also have a microbiome like our gut which needs healthy bacteria. To protect that microbiome, alcohol based mouthwash should be avoided as this kills the bad and the good and leaves room for bad bacteria to grow. Try oil pulling with coconut oil instead first thing in the morning. Breathing through your nose is key for healthy teeth, for jaw formation, for straight teeth, and for proper sleep. Many people don’t even realize they are sleeping with their mouth open but taping the mouth while sleeping can help. Try taping your mouth first while awake to make sure you can handle it as some people have issues breathing. People with sleep apnea should also not try this.
Possibly the most important thing is vitamins and minerals. Some things that will really help is eating nutritious food, like organ meats, bone broth, raw dairy, etc. Supplements can also help like cod liver oil, vitamin K, and trace minerals. Vitamin K supplementation can be dangerous for people taking warfarin!
The contents of this article are meant for educational purposes only and not medical advice. Please talk to your doctor or local Ehardt’s pharmacist before making any changes to exercise, nutrition, supplements, or medication.

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