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Dental Care and Your Heart : Natural Toothpaste?

This post is going to be a about a few things actually.  First, I want to talk a little about the curious relationship between your dental health and your heart health.  If you haven’t happened to hear or read about this curious correlation, then you should know that keeping your mouth healthy and free of dental plaque and bacteria is absolutely important if you are to help prevent heart disease.

In fact, studies have shown that heart disease is often correlated to poor oral hygiene and health.  Why?  Because the dental plaques that gather when the mouth is not properly cared for spawn a type of bacteria that actually causes heart disease.  It’s kind of hard to wrap your head around the fact that what you do with your mouth can have something to do with an organ that is the life-giver essentially, and that isn’t really in the same immediate area of the mouth, but it is true, and the relationship has been proven and studied.

It’s especially important to floss and keep you teeth brushed twice a day.  Flossing can be done once, at night, as long as you get any of the leftover flecks of food out from between the teeth so that they don’t rot and cause the bacteria we’re speaking of.  You can use a natural toothpaste, but if it’s natural I would highly suggest that it have baking soda in it, so that it can effectively get the bacteria out of the mouth, and this is about one of the only natural ingredients that is effective against bacteria and also happens to kill bacteria.  It’s a great whitener as well, naturally.

You can of course also use non-natural toothpaste, but if you’re really stuck on not using one with the sodium lauryl sulfate, which most have, then make sure you at least use one with baking soda.  Sodium lauryl sulfate is a good sudsing agent, which helps the mouth feel cleaner, but I’m not sure that it actually makes the mouth cleaner, plus it may add to the causes of dry mouth for all we know, since it is a chemical.

I believe that Tom’s of Maine has a natural toothpaste with baking soda, and there are probably also some other good natural brands that would work well.  You may also want to make sure there is flouride in it too, especially if you have children that are using it too.  Bushing gently is very important, so you don’t erode the protective enamel that coats your teeth, and it’s especially important on the gums, as you can cause harm to the gums if you scrub too zealously as well.

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