The way we live and the choices we make influence our state of being, health and vitality.
Making choices that support and care for your body everyday and making them part of your lifestyle will help you to have a healthy life and a healthy mouth.
Dental disease is a sign of systemic illness and imbalance and no amount of good oral hygiene will fix that. Yes a healthy mouth is crucial for having a healthy body but the two go hand in hand.
The basics of healthy living are not a mystery and are the same for virtually all of us:
No smoking or recreational drugs including alcohol
Unpolluted air, water, and environment
Strong, positive connections to family and community
Expression of spirituality (whatever that may be for each of us)
Excessive carbohydrate and sugar consumption along with stressful lifestyle = acidity and leaching of minerals = increased risk for tooth decay and gum disease. Fluoride is not the answer!
The answer is to rebalance the body, create an alkaline environment and increase mineral uptake and absorption to be able to remineralise and strengthen tooth enamel naturally and in return reduce the number of bacteria present in the mouth.
This can be achieved through diet and lifestyle.
The environment we live in and the way we live is more toxic and unsupportive to health and wellbeing than ever before and the only way to handle the pressure of modern life it to truly care for yourself.
Unfortunately more and more people living busy lifestyles are relying on caffeine and sugar to keep them going and then turning to food and alcohol to help them relax. With modern technology and the need to get more done people are staying up later, not getting enough sleep or quality sleep and feeling exceedingly stressed on a daily basis.
No amount of good oral hygiene practices can make up for the affects of poor lifestyle habits.
This would be like thinking that you can stay up really late every night then thinking you can make up the lost sleep hours by having a lie in on a Sunday morning. The damage is already being done.
The Keys to Dental Health
Balancing stress, diet/nutrition, sleep quality, hydration, tooth brushing and flossing are the keys to dental health. It has to be a total body package, aimed at achieving balance and harmony throughout the body as a whole.
Improving your health and in turn preventing dental problems may mean making some big changes to your lifestyle. It comes back to making a commitment to caring for yourself and sticking to it.
Make small manageable changes and take things step by step and in this way you will be on your way to a healthier life and have a healthier mouth before you know it.
Dr Rachel Hall is a general and holistic dentist with over 24 years experience in her field. She is a sought after presenter and writer on the topics of health, wellbeing, holistic dentistry and believes great dental health is the key to a healthier longer life.