Just like we brush our teeth to refresh our mouth, we could all use a refresher course on good oral care. It is important to have a daily practice of cleaning and caring for our teeth, gums, and mouth as a prevention for disease, both orally, as well as throughout our whole body. Poor dental hygiene can lead to cardiovascular disease when bacteria enters our bloodstream. Each tooth rests on a meridian line, an important energy channel for the body. Regular dental checkups and cleaning are essential for prevention of disease and maintenance of healthy teeth and gums.
A Daily Routine is Key
In between checkups, a good daily oral care practice is our responsibility. How are you doing? When I was younger, I wish I had known the importance of flossing everyday, that may have prevented the gum disease that developed over the years. In the spirit of the old adage, “I wish I knew then what I know now”, here are some practical guidelines for an optimal everyday routine; the 1-2-3 oral care of brushing, flossing, and waterpik.
- Good Toothbrushing – an electric toothbrush cleans more effectively than an ordinary toothbrush. Popular models are Philips Sonicare or Oralcare that come with replacement brush heads. They provide a gentle brushing technique for removing the bacteria from our teeth and gums. Clean your brush regularly with hydrogen peroxide or apply a few drops of tea tree oil on top of your toothpaste, which helps to prevent gum disease. We recommend using a non-fluoride toothpaste, such as Spry, with xylitol and herbs that have clinically proven oral health benefits. Brush once or twice a day, in the morning and bedtime, or use Spry Mouthwash in the morning and brush with Spry toothpaste at night.
- Dental Flossing – cleaning between your teeth is necessary to remove the food particles that often get stuck there, causing bacteria to harm our teeth and gums. It is best to floss after every meal, but definitely once a day. Toothpicks, like Stimudents are helpful to use after eating, to remove the food and plaque, and prevent gum disease. Interdental brushes are also recommended to clean between our teeth, in addition to flossing.
- Waterpik – after flossing, a waterpik is the next best way to remove particles from the gumline and between teeth. The new models are small, and easy to keep on your bathroom counter, with rechargeable batteries. Just add tap water to the waterpik, with the addition of a little hydrogen peroxide or Schweitzer Formula.
Amp Up Your Oral Care
Schweitzer Formula is a great addition to your oral care regimen because of its multipurpose healing and disinfecting benefits, including;
- Improved gum tissue health, including potential tissue regeneration.
- Thorough cleaning of the mouth and gums from bacteria and other pathogens.
- As a gargle and for sore throat relief, as it is an anti-inflammatory.
- Supports the healing of canker sores and other types of mouth ulcers.
- A clean and stimulated feeling in your entire mouth, as it absorbs odors.
You may use Schweitzer Formula by dispensing 1 teaspoon to 2 tablespoons into your mouth, or as directed by your health care professional. Swish Schweitzer Formula around in your mouth for about one minute in the morning and at bedtime. It may be used as both a mouth rinse or it is safe to be swallowed. Schweitzer Formula can have additional benefits to the digestive system and other internal tissues. This procedure can be done prior to or after brushing, flossing, or using your water pik.
This daily routine is well worth your time and effort because your good health is true wealth. Taking good care of your teeth, gums, and mouth will really give you something to smile about.