The importance of oral health is well known. It goes beyond cavities, halitosis and even gum disease. During pregnancy, plaque build-up can threaten the health the baby. There appears to be a link between premature labor or low birth weight babies and gingivitis. Apparently, excessive amounts of bacteria entering the bloodstream can potentially travel to the uterus and cause a chemical train reaction centering around prostaglandins, a prime component in pre-term labor.
That brings us to today’s letter and topic of the day:
for Oral Health
I used to use toothpaste that proclaimed the ability to fight plaque and gingivitis up to 24 hours. I really did like the way it made my mouth feel. Then I learned it contained Polyethylene, a plastic used in products like grocery bags and other things you don’t want in your mouth! Supposedly, this ingredient has been removed; however, I don’t like the host of other chemicals still on the ingredient list of that or nearly any other toothpaste.
Yes, the cavity protection is tremendous and I abhor the idea of getting teeth pulled or cavities filled, but I’d rather use something safer for my overall health.
About a year ago, I decided to try activated charcoal. I had an amazing side benefit – a sore in my mouth, resulting from a blocked saliva gland, that I was told an oral surgeon would have to remove – began to disappear.
Over the course of two weeks, it completely vanished! I used:
I continue to happily use this powder. An added bonus is that the scouring ability is safer and better than polyethylene micro-beads and helps keep teeth whiter. Even if you don’t use this particular product, I really do suggest trying some type of an activated charcoal formulated for teeth and gums.
This post is Day 16 in a series called 31 Days of Methods In Madness. To read all the articles click here.
P.S. What’s Your Toothpaste Preference?