6 Tips for Oral Health - Dental Health Week 2018

This week is Dental Health Week and there is more to good dental health than brushing and flossing your teeth. If you add these 6 simple tips into your lifestyle, you can be sure that your oral health will improve. Give these a go, its not only good for your teeth but your overall health too. 

1. A nutrient-dense diet is the key - avoiding sugar and excessive carbohydrates which quickly get broken down to sugars; lots of vegetables of various colours (high in fibre, vitamins, mineral and antioxidants); healthy fats (olive oil, butter, fat from pasture fed animals, macadamia nut oil, coconut oil) which you need to absorb minerals for health bones and teeth: moderate amount of protein from pasture fed animals; good quality salt (Himalayan rock salt).

2. Water is by far the best drink. There are a few things to consider when picking a drink: avoid sugar or artificial sweeteners; avoid acidic drinks; minimise caffeine, alcohol and teeth staining drinks.

3. Good oral hygiene – brushing carefully twice a day and flossing once a day.

4. Regular check-ups – 95% of all oral disease (decay, gum disease or oral cancer) have NO PAIN ASSOCIATED WITH IT. Don’t wait for pain. Let’s try and avoid problems, or at least keep them to a minimum.

6. Focus on nasal breathing – breathing through your mouth dries out the saliva and makes you more susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease. Breathing through your nose helps balance out body chemistry, filters and humidifies the air, improves circulation throughout the body and is better for your posture. Breathe slowly and from your diaphragm.

6. Boost your immune system – a consistently good night’s sleep is the most important part of your day. It is a function of quantity, (getting 7-9 hours per night) and quality (breathing well while you are asleep) so that you wake up refreshed.

Lewis Ehrlich