Our mouth is a gateway to the inside of our body. It is where our digestive system begins, and it is also connected to the endocrine, immune and respiratory systems. So everything we eat (and the chemicals used to produce the food), the air we breathe, the quality of the water, our oral hygiene (chemical or natural)... All of this leaves a trace on the oral microbiome which, when out of balance or completely redefined by a new bacterial pattern, can give signs through local problems such as gingivitis, tooth decay or bad breath, or immune problems, hormonal problems and inflammation in other areas of the body.
Unfortunately, conventional toothpastes and mouthwashes are full of chemical ingredients that interfere with our natural oral microbiome. We are used to using products that lather, that give us the feeling of being well washed, but this is usually done thanks to chemicals.
When we think of oral hygiene, toothpaste is the first thing that comes to mind. I always found it strange to read on the toothpaste tubes the warnings to ingestion. How do I control that in a child, for example? And why should I trust a product that supposedly cleans my mouth and inside my body is bad for me? Also, the inside of our mouth is composed of highly absorbent tissues, with direct connection to our blood vessels. So by putting chemicals in our mouths, we are giving them a shortcut to be easily and highly absorbed.
So I set out to create all-natural oral care products, which are now available individually, but also in the Tooth Kit.
1 x Tongue Scraper
According to Ayurvedic Medicine, the tongue is a diagnostic organ, a mirror of our body's interior. During sleep, our body does its cleansing and detoxification work, and toxins accumulate on the tongue. It is very important to remove them with the scraper as soon as we wake up, before we swallow anything.
Why do oil pulling?
It is a ancient practice of Ayurvedic Medicinewhich consists of cleaning toxins and bacteria from the mouth with oil. Originally with sunflower and sesame oils, but coconut oil is also used a lot. Just put a tablespoon in your mouth, after using the scraper, and rinse for at least 3 minutes (originally, it's 20!). It is normal for the oil to come out yellowish, which means that it has retained all the impurities in your mouth. This practice can also help to relieve TMJ tension, for people with bruxism, for example, to heal damaged and bloody gums, and to soothe sore throats.
In the formula of our Whitening Elixir Shine we use coconut and sesame oils and essential oils, such as cardamom oil, with anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial benefits, very important for protecting the gums. Do oil pulling in the morning and evening and feel your mouth cleaner and fresher.
VERY IMPORTANT:After rinsing, do not pour the mouthwash directly into the sink, because it is oily and can clog the pipes. Put it on a piece of paper and throw it in the trash.
Why use a salty toothpaste?
It's one of those things we've heard since we were kids: sugar is bad for your teeth. And it's true. Of the many bacteria in our mouths, Streptococcus mutans stands out, and it's found in the oral cavity of people who eat a lot of sugar. This bacterium metabolizes sugar and synthesizes acids that act on the mineral structure of the tooth, creating the famous cavities. It therefore makes no sense for conventional toothpastes to be sweetened.
In the formula of our Cardamom Toothpaste we use salt, to balance the pH of the mouthIt prevents the proliferation of bacteria that feed on sugar. In fact, a common ancient practice was to rinse your mouth with water and salt, precisely because it is a oral disinfectant.
This is an object that we have to use every day and that degrades somewhat easily. Have you ever thought about the amount of plastic you regularly throw away? Bamboo toothbrushes are (thankfully) starting to be seen more and more and I'm really happy to have one in the store, just arrived! To complete your oral hygiene ritual and make it more sustainable.