Today there is a lot of focus on oral care and for a good reason. Not only is a beautiful smile good for first impressions and appreciation for its beauty, but it is also very functional. A healthy smile is a good sign of good health since your mouth is the beginning of your digestion process. You literally are what you eat. Having a healthy smile is the start of a healthy body.
In the initial stages of the digestion process, your teeth work to break down large pieces of food into smaller pieces for the next phase of the process. While chewing food, your mouth produces two enzymes to help break down foods, salivary amylase, and lingual lipase. These two enzymes assist in breaking down carbohydrates and fats.
Diets high in sugar and carbohydrates make it harder for the enzymes to protect your teeth from the acids that may cause damage. There are many things you can do to help protect your mouth and teeth which include brushing, flossing and using a good mouth rinse or mouthwash. Your dentist may have other suggestions as well. Also, there maybe supplements beneficial in maintaining good oral care and aid in the initial stages of the digestion process.
Xylitol is a very popular ingredient in oral hygiene products. Xylitol is derived from trees and corn with the most common sources being Birchwood and corncobs. It is a non-sugar sweetener that cannot be metabolized by oral bacteria and be beneficial for oral health (1). It has been shown to be helpful for reducing the growth of bad bacteria in the mouth (2,3). It is also used in chewing gum and other products as a natural sweetener.
Colloidal silver is a purified water base that contains silver particles. Silver has been used for thousands of years and was used in Greek and Roman times. It has been studied for its immune supporting properties and its ability to fight harmful bacteria (4,5,6). Silver is also beneficial in oral care to help control bacteria in the mouth.
Aloe Vera also has a long history of being used for promoting overall health. Traditionally Aloe has been used for burns and stomach issues. Aloe is very soothing and can be beneficial for wound healing and skin maintenance (7,8,9). Aloe Vera has also been shown to be helpful for periodontal tissue.
Peppermint is a common herb that has long been used for stomach and digestive issues. Peppermint is also very popular in tea and is known for its pleasant cooling effect. Peppermint essential oil is very popular in oral care product due to its antibacterial properties.
Oral health and care for your mouth and teeth are essential for so many different functions. From the communication of emotions with a healthy smile to the initial stages of digestion, oral care is an excellent place to start for your overall health. Remember to take care of your mouth!
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