Giving Up Mouthwash to Save Your Gut Health
Good oral hygiene is very important. Not only does it help you remain healthy and keep your digestion in top shape, having good oral hygiene is considered to be very attractive.
Everyone wants perfect pearly whites for confidence and many people use mouthwash as part of their daily regime for white teeth and oral hygiene.
A very common belief is that using mouthwash can help you have great dental hygiene. However, is this true or is this something that commercials have led us to believe? There is an increasing opinion that mouthwash is not the poster child for good oral health!
Why is mouthwash not as good as it sounds?
Although marketing companies will claim that mouthwash helps your mouth remain fresh and healthy all day long, this may not be the best for you. Commercial mouthwashes are made from chemicals that can have negative effects on your body.
1. They can change your oral microbiome
In modern times, we know that not all microbes are bad, and in fact, some are essential to our health. Mouthwashes contain high amounts of chemicals that kill these microbes, thereby disrupting the balance of your mouth flora. This can increase the risk of cavities, swollen gums and bad breath.
2. They dry out your mouth
Saliva is essential to keep your oral hygiene at an optimal level as it helps your teeth regain lost minerals and speeds up the process of cavity reversal.
Mouthwashes contain compounds that dry out your mouth. You may have experienced this as your cheeks rubbing against your teeth. Some people are more sensitive to this and their skin can slough off.
3. They may cause the problems they are meant to solve
A very common reason people use mouthwash is to solve bad breath. However, what mouthwashes do is dry your mouth out and kill the natural microbes that your body needs to manage bad breath. Using mouthwash might actually be contributing to your gut issues?
Additionally, mouthwashes can lead to increased cavities, higher cancer risk, more mouth ulcers and burning sensations.
Coconut Oil Pulling: The Alternative
If mouthwash is so bad, what can you do to keep your oral hygiene in top shape? A great option is oil pulling, a traditional practice often associated with Ayurveda.
Oil pulling is swishing oil around in your mouth to remove bacteria and improve dental health. The name comes from the idea that the oil “pulls” the bacteria out from your mouth. All you need to do is put a tablespoon of oil in your mouth, swish it around for 10 minutes and then spit it out and brush your teeth.
Oil pulling is known to reduce the number of bacteria in the mouth and help prevent tooth decay, bad odour and gum problems. It can help prevent cavities and stop plaque formation. Additionally, it can reduce occurrences of gingivitis and has been reported to help whiten teeth.
While oil pulling can be done with different kinds of oil, coconut oil is a popular choice. Most studies that evaluate the scientific benefits of oil pulling are carried out using coconut oil, and you can be sure of the benefits. Moreover, it is a natural product and completely safe, as it is also edible.
Commercial mouthwashes might be compromising your oral health, and could even contribute to the problems that they are expected to solve. Oil pulling with coconut oil is a great natural alternative that provides you with all the benefits minus the risks.