Origin: a Latin derivative
meaning "Gift of the Earth."
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.
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.
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.
References and Supporting Data
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