You may recall there was a commercial in the 1970s for Ultra Brite toothpaste featuring the beautiful late actress Farrah Fawcett flashing her pearly whites at the camera.
Of course, the makers of Ultra Brite wanted you to buy their toothpaste, thinking you’d have a gorgeous smile like Farrah.
But there’s a lot more to healthy teeth and gums than just toothpaste!
Here are some common mouth-related problems you might be facing, and ways you can truly have a beautifully healthy smile.
The most common (and feared) mouth-related problem is halitosis (bad breath).
Although halitosis can be caused by poor dental hygiene, tooth infection, sinus problems, gum problems or tonsillitis, bad breath can also start in your gut!
That’s right—bad breath can also be caused by:
- H. Pylori infection in the stomach
- Low stomach acid production
- Imbalanced intestinal flora
- Pancreatic insufficiency
- Even constipation! (I’ll let you form your own visual on that)
Other mouth challenges include gingivitis (gum inflammation) and periodontal disease (inflammation of the bone around your teeth).
Poor tooth health is frequently the result of nutrient deficiencies. Your teeth are bones just like the rest of your skeleton—and since your bones need 19 specific nutrients to remineralize, the same applies to your choppers.
Mouth sores also affect a fair number of people, including mouth ulcers, canker sores, and cold sores. These can be the result of imbalanced intestinal flora, food sensitivities, and nutrient deficiencies.
Smart measures for a healthy smile & mouth
If you want a healthy smile and mouth, you need to look at what may be causing whatever challenges you may have, and help turn it around!
In addition to brushing and flossing daily and seeing your dentist once a year, here are some smart measures to consider:
Eat real foods and supplement with a good multi
The health of ALL of your body parts (including your teeth!) depends on you getting a consistent supply of vitamins and minerals.
There’s no way around it—you cannot exist on processed junk, fast food, and soda and expect to have any measure of health (or a normal bodyweight for that matter).
The best way to ensure that your body has what it needs is to eat real food—stay away from the crap in boxes, packages, and cans and drive by the drive-thru.
Also take a top-shelf multi-vitamin and mineral formula to fill in the blanks where you may be running short with your diet.
Food sensitivities, H. pylori infection, low stomach acid and pancreatic insufficiency can cause bad breath and other mouth problems.
If you suspect any of these may be an issue for you, see your doctor and get the appropriate tests.
And if you are running short on stomach acid or pancreatic enzymes digestive enzyme supplements may be a big help to pinch hit where your body may be lacking.
Help balance your intestinal flora
An unhealthy gut flora balance is a common culprit behind mouth problems…and a good number of digestive problems too!
Plus your friendly flora helps keep your gut wall healthy—which is essential for proper nutrient absorption.
In addition to eating nourishing real foods, it’s important to help maintain a healthy population of beneficial bacteria through probiotic supplementation.
Consider replacing amalgam fillings
Contrary to what people believe, “silver” amalgam fillings are only silver in color—they actually contain 50 percent mercury.
Mercury is a deadly neurotoxin which not only can cause brain damage but also make you more susceptible to periodontal disease.
One study showed that when amalgam fillings were removed, 86 percent of the 125 oral cavity symptoms being examined in the study subjects were eliminated or vastly improved!
Five fun tooth facts
To wrap up this article on teeth, here are five fun tooth facts:
1. Some babies are born with teeth
About one in every 2,000 babies is born with teeth! But they usually have weak roots and are often removed to prevent problems with breastfeeding.
2. Not everyone loses all their baby teeth
Children start losing teeth around age five or six and finish in their teens. But if a tooth does not have a replacement permanent tooth, that baby tooth will stay put.
3. Some people have extras
Some people have extra (supernumerary) teeth. They usually remain below the gumline, but sometimes they’ll erupt and crowd the other teeth. If extra teeth cause a problem, a dentist can remove them, or an orthodontist can attempt to straighten them all out.
4. Humans are evolving beyond wisdom teeth
A third set of molars helped our larger-jawed ancestors grind up their food. But now we have smaller jaws and if those extra molars do emerge, they frequently cause major problems. But we’re evolving–currently, 35 percent of us are born without wisdom teeth, and scientists have predicted that this will continue and future generations will have none.
5. A sweet tooth
Not all candies are equally bad for your teeth. If you want to indulge occasionally, avoid sweets that stick to your teeth (such as fruit snacks, gummy bears, and taffy) and opt for those that dissolve quickly (like chocolate and jelly beans).