Throughout history, experts relied on windows into our health: the eyes to check on the soul, the
mouth to gauge strength and longevity. Animals were bought and sold based on this window
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Today, as in ancient times, the windows are more relevant than ever. There is mounting
research to show that the overall health of your mouth does in fact mirror or represent the condition
and health of your body. This research shows that maintaining a healthy oral cavity may be linked to
overall long-term health and quality of life.
The Heart and Mouth Connection
According to the American Dental Association and the American Medical Association, there is a
relationship between the condition of the gums and the condition of the cardiovascular system. Gum
health is primarily a result of oral care, personal habits, and, to an extent, genetics. With appropriate
effort and proper hygiene, threats to the health of our gums can be eliminated or controlled.
However, failure to maintain gum health has other health consequences. Sub-optimal conditions of
the heart can be traced to unhealthy gums, underscoring how important oral health care is.
Habits of Good Oral Health
Knowing that the oral cavity both reflects our bodies’ condition and impacts our physical health, it is
imperative that we make a daily habit of a few simple, proactive maintenance measures.
So what do we do? First, let’s assume that we have all made the decision to reduce or nearly
eliminate processed sugar. When you eat food or drink beverages containing sugar or starch, your
mouth becomes acidic for 20 minutes or more, creating a threat to gums and teeth. Second, we
have made the decision to eat healthy balanced meals, incorporating healthy fats, lean proteins,
complex carbohydrates, rough foliage, and low sugar fruits and vegetables, thus reducing food
sources that compromise our oral health, creating a more healthy environment for the mouth.
Is there a time that’s best to brush your teeth?
The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice a day. One of those times
should be at bedtime, because if certain foods and drinks sit in your mouth for an extended duration
they will create a serious threat to gums and teeth. Keep a toothbrush at work to brush after eating.
Place two drops of doTERRA On Guard on the bristles, and massage them into the teeth and
gums. Brush your tongue while including doTERRA On Guard, Cinnamon, or Peppermint to
promote clean and crisp breath. Toothpaste that is designed to neutralize low pH and freshen breath
is excellent. To promote cleanliness try adding 3–4 drops of Melaleuca (Tea Tree) essential oil, or
doTERRA On Guard and Spearmint on the toothbrush before adding your toothpaste.
Essential Oils Recommended for Oral Health