How are your mouth and teeth doing? Besides it not being sexy having hot breath, there are also billions of bacteria that live in your mouth, and these bacteria tend to form in your mouth as a sticky build called plaque that hardens into tartar. Tartar is the stuff that causes inflammation in your gums and can cause them to bleed, particularly when you brush your teeth.
When this buildup occurs in your mouth, it can lead to tooth decay, but it could also cause inflammation in other parts of the body, like your heart, brain, and joints. In fact, just a few weeks ago a study was published where they found out that people who had moderate to severe gum disease had more than twice the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis1. As if losing your teeth wasn’t bad enough. So besides brushing my teeth regularly, I recommend something I do called “oil pulling”.
Oil pulling is an ancient detox practice that pulls toxins out of your teeth and gums. It can reduce both plaque and gum disease in just 7 days2. Here’s how I do it: In the morning when I wake up or just before bed. (3-7 days a week)
1) Take 1 teaspoon of organic unrefined virgin coconut oil, put it in your mouth, let it melt. Swish the oil in your mouth for 10-20 minutes. Do not swallow! Those are not words you’d like to randomly scream out loud in public but it’s very important that you get this. When you’re done, spit the contents in a trash bin nearby, not down the sink, because the contents will eventually clog your drain.
2) Brush your teeth as usual.
3) Rinse with Aloe. I mix 1 cup of Aloe Juice (make sure it’s 85% or more pure Aloe without any sugars or additives) with 1-2 drops of peppermint oil, shake, and keep in in the fridge. I use it twice a day as a mouth wash to keep my mouth and breath fresh. Aloe Vera also has elements in it that stimulate the immune system and fight infections. In a study done in India, Aloe scraped plaque and gingivitis in 345 healthy people. It also lowered bleeding and inflammation3.
4) Chew on CoQ10 (in “Ubiquinol” form). If you have any gum issues you may be CoQ10 deficient. Replacing your CoQ10 can reverse gum issues. I get my CoQ10 Ubiquinol at Trader Joe’s. Simply chew on one or two capsules and let it coat your gums for a few minutes. It's also used to repair visibly damaged gum tissue.
Juan Ascencio | Life Energy Consultant
1- McHugh J, "New model linking periodontitis and RA." Nature Reviews Rheumatology 2017 doi:10.1038/nrrheum.2016.221
2- Peedikayil FC, Sreenivasan P, Narayanan A. "Effect of coconut oil in plaque related gingivitis — A preliminary report." Nigerian Medical Journal : Journal of the Nigeria Medical Association. 2015;56(2):143-147
3- Gupta RK, Gupta D, Bhaskar DJ, et al. "Preliminary Antiplaque Efficacy of Aloe Vera Mouthwash on 4 Day Plaque Re-Growth Model: Randomized Control Trial." Ethiopian Journal of Health Sciences. 2014;24(2):139-144