Top 6 Oral Hygiene Hacks that will Boost your Health and Happiness

Dear friend,

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Did you know that, if you take good care of your mouth and teeth you not only remove bad breath you also take care of the rest of your body as well as your mind?

There is a strong connection between oral hygiene and a happy life. Everything’s connected and if we take care of our physical body, our mind will reap the benefits.

I want to share 6 of the most beneficial routines I use to keep my mouth and body healthy. They’re all easy to implement in your morning and evening routine and they don’t take too much time to do or to get the hang of.

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#1_Oil pulling

Oil pulling is the act of swishing oil in your mouth for a certain length of time. It’s an ancient folk’s remedy that is proven to extract toxins and bacteria from your mouth and leave you with a clean and fresh mouth and a better health. Oil pulling has a long list of benefits and positive effects on the body.

“The whole purpose of oil pulling is to get rid of the oil-soluble toxins in the body,” said Puneet Nanda, creator of Guru Nanda Pulling Oil and founder of Dr. Fresh Oral Care Line.

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The benefits of oil pulling:

  • Cures tooth decay
  • Kills bad breath
  • Heals bleeding gums
  • Whitens teeth
  • Prevents cavities
  • Strengthens gums and jaw

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Other benefits:

  • Boosts Immune System
  • Improves acne
  • Prevents heart disease
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Heals cracked lips
  • Soothes throat dryness
  • Gives a clearer mind

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How to oil pull:

Oil pulling is not a difficult task and it’s an easy extra step to add to your daily routine.

  1. Take one heaping teaspoon of either coconut, sesame or olive oil (organic) and swirl it around your mouth for 5 to 15 minutes, or as long as possible. The longer the better.
  2. After about 5 to 15 minutes of concentrated swirling discard the oil and be careful not to swallow any of the oil. If you decide to use coconut oil, it’s a good idea to discard the used oil in the bin and not in the toilet/sink. Coconut oil hardens and can leave the drain clogged.
  3. Brush your teeth as you normally would, but it’s a good idea to have an extra toothbrush dedicated for this particular assignment.

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#2_Tongue scraping

As a natural next step after oil pulling use either a spoon or a dedicated tongue scraper to scrape off all leftover bacteria and oil.

Tongue scraping isn’t a pretty exercise but a necessary one. By using a tongue scraper, you drastically reduce the chance of bad breath by removing any old food debris or bacteria that may hang around on your tongue.

It’s an extremely easy process and takes no more than 5 seconds to perform and it leaves you feeling 100 percent more clean and fresh!

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How to scrape your tongue:

Step 1: After brushing your teeth, you stick out your tongue; place the tongue scraper tool on the back of your tongue, and scrape towards the tip of your tongue.

Step 2: Repeat this step as many times as needed until you feel that all the debris has been removed.

Step 3: Rinse the spoon/tool under cold water and leave it to dry.

You now have a clean and fresh mouth and nothing is holding you back from taking the world by storm!

Note: It’s a good idea to invest in a metallic tongue scraper. It’s easier to keep clean and bacteria free. You can buy one here!

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Benefits of tongue scraping:

  • Drastically improves your breath
  • Leaves your taste buds clean and allows for a higher enjoyment of food flavors.
  • A clean tongue improves your digestion.
  • Leaves you with a better immune system and stops bad toxins and bacteria from re-entering your system.
  • Increases your awareness about your state of health

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#3_“Whitening” teeth with activated charcoal

This is a messy and oddly fascinating practice. To some it might look like an unnecessary mess, but if done right, you will achieve a brighter and cleaner smile and hopefully a clean sink as well.

Activated charcoal is used as an all-natural tooth whitening substance. It will adhere to different leftover foods and drinks that stain your teeth such as tea, coffee, wine and plaque as well as toxins and remove them from your teeth. It also helps promote good oral health by changing the pH balance in the mouth, helping you prevent cavities, bad breath and gum disease.

If you naturally have darker or more yellowish teeth, this technique won’t work for you. To brighten your teeth more effectively you have to turn to harsher methods that provide bleaching properties. You can find Activated Charcoal here!

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How to proceed:

Step 1: First thing you have to do is to make sure that you do not have anything around that has value to you such as clothes, towels, or anything that you don’t want to get stained. It’s a good idea to put on an old t-shirt on or something you can dedicate to this particular purpose.

Step 2: Pour 1 to 2 capsules of activated charcoal into a small container

Step 3: Add a few drops of water until the mixture becomes a paste

Step 4: Use a toothbrush (preferable one with soft bristles) to disperse the paste on the entire surface of your teeth. (use a toothbrush that you don’t feel closely attached to. It will end up looking nasty.)

Step 5: Brush your teeth like you normally would.

Step 6: Spit out the paste into the trash or a sink, but be careful not to make a mess. It is best not to swallow any of the charcoal because of the trapped toxins in the paste, but if you happen to swallow some by mistake, don’t sweat it. Just make sure that the activated charcoal you use is the fine, odorless and tasteless powder that you buy at your local health food store.

It’s recommended to repeat this process 2 times per week to keep your teeth clean and white!

Need to know! It’s possible that activated charcoal will stain your teeth, If you have crowns, caps or porcelain veneers. Also, if your teeth become sensitive at any time, quit using it.

If you want to read more about the magic of Activated Charcoal and its other incredible properties. Then head over to Dr. Axe – Food is medicine (http://draxe.com/activated-charcoal-uses/) to read more good stuff.

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#4_Flossing

We probably all know how to floss our teeth, so I won’t go into too much detail on how to do it. Our dentists always tell us how important it is to floss our teeth at least once a day, and it turns out it’s true…

There are some major benefits (mostly in the long run) to stuffing some string between your teeth now and again.

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Benefits of flossing:

  • Cleaner and healthier teeth
  • Avoiding tooth loss
  • Diminishes bad breath
  • Prevents cavities
  • Prevents gingivitis (inflammation of the gums)

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So, if you want to lower the risk of losing your teeth as you get older, floss!

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#5_Brush your teeth morning and night

We all brush our teeth, some once in a while and some 3 times a day. What’s important to do, if you want to keep your mouth clean and healthy, is to create a routine of brushing your teeth every morning after you wake up and before you go to bed at night.

In regards to the health benefit of brushing your teeth, it’s super important to brush your teeth before you go to bed at night. Otherwise all the bacteria and food residues you accumulate on your teeth during your day, will create a battle field in your mouth while you sleep.

What keeps your mouth healthy and functioning during the day is the natural production of saliva that you produce, but at night, when you sleep, the production of saliva drops dramatically, leaving your mouth a perfect place for bacteria to grow and spread.

Imagine your mouth, after you’ve fallen asleep without brushing your teeth first, and whatever bacteria and leftover food you have accumulated during the day is still there having a ball. Now imagine the havoc and destruction   that happens for an average of 7 hours. Nobody wants that! Right? That’s why brushing your teeth every night is the best idea ever.

We can never remove all bacteria from the mouth completely, that’s why it’s also super important to brush your teeth in the morning, plus you don’t want to walk around with a stinky mouth, do you?

Having a nice breath makes it so much easier to keep and create new friends!

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#6_Drink water when you wake up

Drinking water as the first thing in the morning is very important and the list of benefits is huge. There are a ton of benefits for your overall energy, health and focus, but for the sake of this article I’m going to stick to the benefits for the mouth.

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Benefits of drinking water:

  • Water hydrates your dehydrated mouth and body. By hydrating your mouth after a long night it kick-starts your saliva production and helps keep your mouth clean and healthy.
  • Water flushes out unwanted toxins. When you sleep your body repairs itself, balances your hormones and restores your energy. In the process your body releases toxins (body and mouth) that need to be flushed out of your system in the morning.

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Before you go to bed at night, put a glass of water on the night stand and drink it as soon as you wake up in the morning. It will keep your mouth healthy and you will experience much more energy the rest of the day.

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Let’s talk!

Do you have any interesting and healthy routines in regards to your mouth, that’s missing from this list? Please share! Maybe your routine/trick can help inspire even more oral health?

Was anything on this list news to you and would you consider implementing these habits in your routine? Leave a comment below! I would love to hear your thoughts. Let’s start a conversation!

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With Love and happiness,

Lise

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