About 90% of the women I have supported in the last 40+ years have had one common issue: dental toxicities causing adverse effects on their health. This is because “Compared with healthy individuals, patients diagnosed with cancer had higher transmission rates of bacteria from the oral cavity to the gut.” You can learn more about the link between disease and oral-gut (AKA your immune system) transmission via this study.
Your mouth is the gatekeeper to many of life’s diseases and illnesses. What you put in it (what you eat and drink), the words you say (how you speak about yourself and others), and how you clean it either invites or stops diseases from entering your body. This is why Let Food Be Thy Medicine, Heal Your Emotional Wounds, Reduce Your Toxic Exposure, and Embrace Biological Dentistry are all pillars of my 7 Essentials System®. Education and solutions are worth smiling about, so buckle up as we take a trek toward bringing oral health therapies into your healing journey.
Oil Pulling For Oral Health
The act of oil pulling to clean your mouth and detox your body goes back to ancient Ayurvedic medical texts from over 2,000 years ago. The procedure then was called “oil gargling.” The name was changed to “oil pulling” by Dr. F. Karach, an Ayurvedic practitioner who first introduced it to the West in the early 1990s.
It involves the simple process of swishing approximately one teaspoon of oil in your mouth. I use organic coconut or sesame oils because of their antibacterial properties. The name accurately describes what is going on: the movement of the oil allows this natural substance to “pull” harmful microorganisms out of deep pockets between teeth and gums. Oil’s chemical makeup binds toxins to it without harming teeth or gums, and many people notice improvements right away. Gums heal, loose teeth tighten, and teeth naturally whiten. To learn more about how oil pulling benefits oral maintenance, please check out this study.
My routine: I swish the oil for 10-15 minutes, 3-4 days a week. After swishing, pushing, and pulling the oil around my teeth, I rinse my mouth with warm water and brush my teeth. Please remember: NEVER swallow the oil!! Since it just pulled out your toxins, swallowing will send them throughout your body; always spit the oil out into a trash can.
But that is not all. Oil pulling helps your whole body. Studies are finding that oil pulling is, “believed to cure or control 30 different types of systemic diseases including headaches, migraine, and chronic diseases such as asthma and diabetes mellitus.”
According to the Cleveland Clinic, “Bacteria can find its way through the teeth and gums into the bloodstream. Once in the bloodstream, this bacteria can cause infection and inflammation in other areas of the body.” If your mouth is healthy, your whole body is more likely to thrive.
Sodium Sorbate For Oral Health
Sodium sorbate is the sodium salt of ascorbic acid or Vitamin C. It’s naturally derived from the berries of the mountain ash tree (Sorbus aucuparia). While it’s widely used as a food preservative on cheese, meat ketchup, marmalade, etc.—it’s a hidden secret for oral health issues.
If you are having problems with inflammation or an infection in your gums, add sodium ascorbate to an oral rinse. You can also dissolve it in water and drop it into your water pic. For example, a few months ago, I had a massive infection in the bottom left area of my gums from a chronic cavitation that would not heal properly. It was oozing pus from my gum and it was very painful. After learning about the powerful effects of sodium ascorbate and dental healing, I got creative, and I tried the sodium sorbate. I applied the powder directly on my gum several times during the day. To my delight, it worked beautifully. Within a day, the infection was almost gone!
( I have since then addressed the issue with oral surgery and extraction of the tooth that was problematic. The lab analysis of the tooth revealed 19 pathogenic bacteria in my bone, which were causing bone decay. My biological dentist cleaned out the socket, used ozone liquid and gas and then stiched me up. The use of a red laser, homeopathic remedies and essential oil rinses, allowed the gum to heal beautifully. YAY!)
Essential Oils For Oral Health
Essential oils have been used for thousands of years as home remedies for aromatherapy, ingestion, and personal care. Click here to listen to a podcast episode about effectively using essential oils with Jodi Sternoff
Cohen, a bestselling author, award-winning journalist, functional practitioner, and founder of Vibrant Blue Oils. You can also review this blog post on oils that support breast health.
They are also an age-old secret for oral hygiene and health; below are a few options. I suggest working with a Breast Cancer Conqueror Coach to create your most effective formula.
Its minty, fresh scent is well known for fighting bad breath, but peppermint’s power goes beyond that. Peppermint oil can eliminate bacteria that cause cavities and other oral health issues. Thanks to its natural antiseptic, antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, antioxidant, and antispasmodic effects. Learn more via this study.
Cinnamon is another antibacterial, antifungal, and antiseptic option that makes for an effective cleanser for many oral health care needs. It also has powerful antimicrobial properties that protect against bacteria accountable for tooth decay and halitosis. Please learn more about how you can use cinnamon in your oral health routine via this study.
Clove oil contains the active ingredient eugenol, a natural anesthetic. Putting it directly on your tooth can reduce toothaches because it kills off inflammation and decreases bacterial growth. Click here to review a study that found people using clove oil had similar outcomes to those using Benzocaine.
Oregano’s anti-inflammatory properties help reduce bacterial and fungal infections and boost your immune system. You can also add oregano oil to your coconut oil-pulling practice for the ultimate detoxification of your mouth.
Something Else To Smile About!
You do have endless options for living a vibrantly healthy life. For example, you can whiten your teeth without using toxic chemicals. Several natural teeth whitening options also strengthen the health of your mouth and body. Learn all about them via this blog post. You can also avoid harmful everyday dental care products and swap them out with fresh, innovative solutions—please review a few HERE.
I deeply care about you and your family’s well-being. Sharing everything I have learned in my 40+ year career in the health and wellness field is my way of showing it! This is why I spend hours each week writing blogs, sharing recipes, and recording podcast episodes— so you never have to fear cancer again!!
Author: Dr. Veronique Desaulniers, better known as Dr. V, is a Doctor of Chiropractic & has 44 years of experience in the wellness industry. For personalized support, please partner with a trained Breast Cancer Conqueror Coach.