Science has raised the alarm about how we have mistreated friends and allies, our oral bacteria. Now is the time for peace, love, and understanding.
Those of us who enjoy microbiology often, fondly, refer to the bacteria, spirochetes, and other denizens of the mouth as bugs. For those with an extra dose of geek in their genes, we love pronouncing their names—not Fred and Clarise, but Actinomyces, Arachnia, Bacteroides, Bifidobacterium, Eubacterium, Fusobacterium, Lactobacillus, Leptotrichia, Peptococcus, Peptostreptococcus, Propionibacterium, Selenomonas, Treponema, and Veillonella.
As science peels back another layer of the microbial onion—the incredible importance that bacteria play to support our health—it’s easy to become alarmed and much chagrined at how poorly we’ve been treating our dear microbial friends, and owe them profuse apologies. My formal apology is included here.
Seems, for our entire lifetimes, we’ve all been brainwashed to hate bacteria because of the behavior of the 3% that behave poorly—you know, the few that maim, kill, and cause epidemics—while the 97% are either commensally minding their own business, or actually trying to help us.
Many people are savvy about the gut-microbiome, but they’ve not yet applied those lessons to their oral microbiome. Like with the gut-microbiome, we need to do the one-eighty turn-around in our thinking and actions.
Here’s some piquant facts to get you salivating:
- Plaque is good for your teeth! – Good plaque that is. A healthy oral microbiome creates a beneficial plaque that protects your teeth. Healthy plaque is smooth, shiny, slick, clean, and even sweet smelling. It does not build ramparts of calculi – layers of cement – on the teeth and gums that cause inflammation. Instead, it prevents calculi and inflammation.
- Bacteria on your tongue manufacture beneficial Nitric Oxide from nitrates in leafy, dark-green vegetables and beets.
May I please specify ORGANIC leafy greens and ORGANIC beets, because your oral microbiome definitely does not approve of pesticides, herbicides, or suicides. Watch out for Genetically-Modified beets. Sadly, all commercial sugar beets grown in the USA are genetically modified, so they can be doused with the carcinogenic herbicide, glyphosate.
Nitric Oxide is what your arteries use to control proper blood pressure. It helps prevent sore muscles. It supports men’s normal, natural erection processes, and women’s reproductive processes as well. Simply put, practically every cell in our bodies uses nitric oxide for life processes and vital functions.
- Oral probiotic bacteria prevent bad breath. By rousting pathogenic, stinky bacteria; healthy, happy, probiotic species keep bad breath species away. Note, many people’s bad breath comes from the expulsion of gasses from the lungs, which may be due to leaky gut and poor liver performance. Bowel gasses can be expelled via the lungs, so the phrase “butt breath” can have a note of veracity in addition to the insult.
Quick Tips For Bad Breath (Without Killing Good Oral Bacteria)
If you are concerned with bad breath of oral causes, correct gingivitis, brush and floss, and scrape your tongue morning and night. Soon the foul odor will diminish and vanish as beneficial probiotic species reclaim their terrain.
- Oral probiotic bacteria help keep your teeth white, bright, and tight. Seems some bacterial species produce hydrogen peroxide – the primary whitening agent used in whitening toothpastes. The history of teeth-whitening goes back thousands of years with use of the following methods: vinegar, urine (yep, that was a Roman thing via the ammonia, “here, kitty, kitty”), and acid treatments. A healthy oral microbiome supports nicely-white teeth (but not the brilliant white of photoshop). White teeth may be offset some if you use coffee, red wine, apply fluoride (mottles teeth), or chew betel nuts. By reducing inflammation and supporting mineralization, probiotic species support strong, tight teeth.
- The oral microbiome supports your gut microbiome. Your mouth makes gad-zillions of bacteria all the live-long day. Down the hatch they go. Those that survive the stomach acid and duodenal alkali become a feeder system of do-gooder transient species that support your health as they pass through your G.I. tract.
- A probiotic oral microbiome fights tooth decay. Even better than killer toothpastes and mouthwashes. Healthy, probiotic species keep the dental-carries species in check and protect teeth.
Mouthwash. Not good.
If you desire to use a mouthwash, there are natural brands that do not cause as much harm as brands with Alcohol, Chlorine dioxide, Chlorhexidine, Cocamidopropyl betaine, Parabens, Poloxamer 407, Formaldehyde, and Saccharin. Or save a bundle and make your own with baking soda and natural salt. Baking soda eliminates odors and natural salt supports remineralization.
Floss. Good, but …
Flossing is a good practice, except when the floss has perfluorooctanesulfonic acids (PFAS) as does Oral B Glide. Oral B refutes the studies saying people probably got the PFAS somewhere else. Why would such a horrendous poison be used in floss? It’s for the same reason it’s used in non-stick skillets – for its slippery slope properties. It’s also used in fire-retardants, so if you use such floss, you can rest assured that your mouth won’t burst into flames from friction. Why are PFAS a concern? How about kidney cancer, testicular cancer, thyroid disease, fertility problems, and immune system disorders. What to do? Use other brands that do not have the easy-slide feature, or a water irrigation device.
So why have we been killing these friendly bugs?
One explanation is that as we increased our intake of refined carbohydrates (snack food) and refined sugar, we shifted our oral bacteria terrain to making a comfy home for unwanted pathogenic species. Those species, while munching on inflammatory sugar, create calculi (plaque) that inflames gums and causes gingivitis. They release unpleasant gasses.
The unpleasant gasses, aka bad breath, diminish sex appeal. So, Freud was right, eh?
Skeletal remains reveal that ancient people had very healthy teeth. In the book, Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, Dr. Weston Price found that people’s oral health declined as they abandoned their indigenous diets and used more processed foods.
Dear Health-Supportive Microbiome Bugs…
I’m so very sorry that I let TV advertising and well-meaning dentists mislead me. It’s true that y’all really do look creepy with all those hairy cilia and ferocious protuberances, wiggling around all the time, but please accept this apology and my commitment to do the right thing.
I hereby promise:
- To never, never use toothpaste with horrendous Triclosan antibiotic. It’s strong enough to kill all you beneficial oral bacteria, plus it can kill human children, and poison the earth’s water supply. I refute the faulty logic that says we must kill bacteria to have a fresh mouth.
- To use microbiome-supportive toothpaste – ones with prebiotics, and nutrients such as Vitamins C, E, D3/K2; zinc; silica; and co-enzyme Q10.
- To never use plaque-fighting, bacteria-killing mouthwash again. I now know it also kills beneficial species that I need for oral, G.I. tract, and whole-body health. And the alcohol in mouthwash dries out the mouth and encourages bad breath to return. There are natural products that can rinse the mouth and support your healthy presence.
- To include leafy greens and beets in my diet to provide nutrients for both your and my health.
- To avoid using tea tree oil toothpaste because it kills you in addition to pathogenic species. With regular use, it can cause bacterial species to mutate to become resistant. I love tea tree oil, but I’ll use it topically only when needed for addressing situations when pathogenic species get uppity.
- To never use Xylitol or Sorbitol (alcohol-sugars) because y’all choke on it. It may be better than sugar, but it’s not optimal and it’s risky to have around because it’s highly toxic to dogs. Processed from GMO corn (though a little does come from Birch), it creates an imbalance in the microbiome, and if swallowed can cause acid reflux and other G.I. disturbances such as enough gas to get a person banned from using elevators.
Please quorum sense (how bacteria communicate survival traits to its neighbors) and pass this apology forward. Thanks so much for protecting my teeth and gums, and for giving me sweet oral health.
Oral Bacteria Strategy
With this information you can design your own strategy to help shift your oral microbiome and oral bacteria health toward a more natural, supportive terrain and inhabitants. First, clean out the bad buys, then help the good guys proliferate, then maintain.
1. Pathogen Purge
Many people need to undo a dysbiotic oral microbiome. They have created a terrain that supports bad bacteria, either by constantly offending the oral microbiome with bacteria-fighting/plaque-fighting practices (the bad guys simply return with the next bite of candy); and/or by dietary indiscretions such as snacking on sweets and refined carbohydrates (chips, cookies, sodas.)
Side note on drinking sodas. Artificial sugar “diet sodas” are actually worse for your cellular health than sugar sodas, and both should be considered as poisons because of the phosphoric acid that can erode your teeth like a penny in Coca Cola overnight.
Starting to shift your oral microbiome toward colonizing beneficial species, it can be helpful to knock off a few billion pathogens with practices such as oil-pulling—the East Indian practice of swishing oil (sesame, olive, coconut) through your teeth for 20 minutes to remove embedded bacteria between the teeth and under the gums. This means do a few sessions of oil pulling but don’t make it a frequent habit after you establish a beneficial, probiotic terrain. No need to wash out the good guys, but it can help remove embedded bad guys.
Build your beneficial oral bacteria. This is done primarily with prebiotics, and some probiotics can be supportive as well. First support the terrain with a prebiotic toothpaste. Chew raw sauerkraut and swish the juice. Include raw vegetables and fresh lettuce. The beneficial soil-based organisms are inside the leaves.
While not as important as prebiotics (fibers), it can be beneficial to use an oral microbiome product. Generally, because the oral microbiome changes with every food, beverage and even with your mood; it’s too capricious and variable to assume that oral probiotics can really do much. New science points to some benefit for oral microbiome products such as probiotic mouthwashes and supplements. Now is the time to use probiotics to flood and re-inoculate your mouth with lots of good guys. They won’t necessarily stay around, but they can help with the shift to a more natural, oral microbiome. And they can help displace unwanted species.
Use a prebiotic toothpaste and occasional use of oral probiotics to establish a terrain conducive for your immune system. Establish new relations with species that your genetics support. Use fermented foods—small amounts daily are great. Use organic foods. Avoid GMO glyphosate herbicide—it directly attacks your probiotic species shikimate pathway causing destruction and mutation.
Now your renewed oral microbiome is ready to speak truly, when necessary, and kindly. ☺
ORAL BACTERIA: QUIRKYHEALTHTIPS
You can start today. Apply the strategy shared above. Toss toothpastes and mouthwashes that disturb your oral microbiome. Replace them with prebiotic, nutritionally supportive toothpaste. Brush after every meal. This might mean putting a travel toothbrush in your pocket or purse.
Happy Bugs! — WellnessWiz Jack
Quick Guide To Toothpaste Ingredient Avoidance:
Artificial flavors — known to cause: depression, dizziness, chest pain, headaches, fatigue, allergies, brain damage, seizures, genetic defects, tumors, bladder cancer, nausea, etc.
Carageenan – a derivative of sea weed which sounds good, but in this case it’s linked to colon ulceration, ulcerative colitis, and fetal toxicity.
Neem Oil – an antimicrobial agent that disturbs the beneficial oral microbiome. Not for daily use.
Red, Blue, Yellow Food Dyes – contain compounds including benzidine and 4-aminobiphenyl, that research has linked with cancer.
Detergents – Sodium Lauryl and Laureth Sulfate are detergents that strip all bacteria (including the good guys) from the teeth and gums.
Artificial Sugar – Sodium Saccharin – formerly suspected of causing cancer, now considered a glucose metabolic disrupter that causes weight gain.
Sodium Fluoride has been banned in many countries. This is a thyroid disruptor, and linked with low intelligence.
Sorbitol — an alcohol sugar. Disturbs the oral and gut microbiomes; disrupts biodiversity, aggravates beneficial species. Often fatal for dogs. Causes gas.
Tea Tree Oil – an antimicrobial agent that disturbs the beneficial oral microbiome. Not for daily use.
Triclosan – a powerful, non-biodegrading antibiotic, adapting bacteria become more virulent thus increasing inflammation. Being found in municipal water due to Colgate’s triclosan toothpaste.
Xylitol – an alcohol sugar. Disturbs the oral and gut microbiomes; disrupts biodiversity, aggravates beneficial species. Often fatal for dogs. Causes gas.
Thank you for this enlightening article. Could you please share specific toothpastes or brands that you would recommend?
Hi Adia: Revitin is a “designer” toothpaste for supporting the oral microbiome. Also Dr. Bronners (in 3 flavors) is good support and avoids ingredients that disrupt the biome. Happy brushing!
What about Tooth Soap? She puts out a quality product, many of them actually. I’ve been using her products for years and I highly recommend them.
Howdy Carole: I’m thinking that Tooth Soap is using a product like Dr. Bronner’s Castile soap, or other soap brands and making a recipe for toothpaste. So, in a pinch, soaps like that can work and avoid abrasives. HOWEVER, soap is highly ALKALINE (alkali + fat) in most cases and can form a breeding ground for bacteria and pathogenic bacteria. I’m thinking that Bronner’s uses peppermint, etc. which offsets the bacterial tendency to grow in soaps. One of the issues with commercial bars of soap is that they leave a “soap scum” on the skin that serves bacteria as a growth medium. Thus commercial soaps, and even worse, anti-microbial soaps, disturb the microbiome, alter it, and set up the need to bathe-off the bacteria a day later thus fostering frequent use of the product in the name of cleanliness and sex-appeal capitalized on by marketeers. If you use commercial soap in the bath, it’s best to rinse off after it with Apple Cider Vinegar to restore an acidic pH to the skin which has a natural pH of 5.5. (You might smell like a pickle for a few minutes after, but your skin will love the extra removal of soap scum and the skin’s microbiota seem to prefer that acidic mantle for proliferation of beneficial species. I cite the skin information because there are likely principles that apply to mouth and oral microbiome. Or maybe I have an emotionally-disturbed remnant of having my mouth washed out with soap as a child for uttering an expletive? Fiddlesticks! Anyway, not a fan of frequent soaping of the mouth. Thanks to Ron’s comment below, I’m using a finely powdered charcoal gently and scaring family members with temporarily blackened teeth–seems the teeth and the mouth are liking that approach. Many options. Thanks so much for the chat.
Hello and thank you for such a great article. Unfortunately
I can’t get those toothpastes in Central America; need to be shipped and is expensive. Do you have any suggestion regarding activated charcoal, would it have similar approach and results?
It’s easier to find that one here.
Hola or Olá Vania. Charcoal and baking soda have a long history of supporting oral health. There is some research suggesting that they are “coarse” and can scratch tooth enamel. But this is nothing compared to things like glass and plastic balls in toothpaste, deadly Triclosan (thanks to Colgate), or toxic fluoride to sell-off the aluminum industry’s dangerous waste and run it though people’s bodies. One way to minimize scratching would be to use a SOFT bristle brush and scrub the teeth gently. With good nutrition that supports healthy teeth, you should be fine with activated charcoal and can add a little baking soda, too. Inexpensive, and doesn’t pack the land-fill with lead and plastic toothpaste tubes. So good to hear from you.
Awesome article and information
Toothpaste is so hard to get right, I believe even when choosing healthy ones we benefit from swapping them around.
Thank you! 😊
Thank you, Lynne. You are so right. Variety is the spice of life. You could even have three toothpastes and rotate. Often, the variety principle (see the Nutrition article Variety, The Spice of Life: Virtues of a Full and Varied Diet) we maximize the benefits and minimize the potential detriments of habits and daily routines. I’m going to go brush my teeth right now and open that waiting tube of licorice flavor. Also, Weleda has some good toothpastes. Take care!
Do you recommend oil pulling with coconut oil since coconut oil is an antimicrobial?
Howdy Lore: Such a great question! Like so many natural health practices–there’s a time, and a place; there’s not enough, and there’s too much. Oil pulling is a viable, effective, time-honored practice to get in between the teeth, remove pathogenic bacteria, and help overall oral health. But after a few oil pulls, it’s time to stop [provided the person is supporting their dietary health with natural principles such as low sugar, frequent brushing with non-killer dentifrices, etc.] because we don’t want to disrupt the beneficial species from setting up shop, building beneficial biofilms, and protecting the gums and teeth. One thought is to do an annual round of three oil pulling sessions for general maintenance. Oil pulling, when needed, is most excellent. But once the oral microbiome is consistently populated with ever-changing BENEFICIAL species, the policy is to leave well-enough alone, except for periodic updates.
Thanks for the great tips on oral health that few know about! I’m appalled to learn that Oral B GLIDE has harmful PFAS. I use those every evening after I got a sample one from my dentist!
I usually rinse the length of floss before using because they have such a strong minty flavor that it “burns” the corners of my mouth.
Would the rinsing help reduce PFAS content? I really like the smooth glide but prefer not to put more poison in my body. Also, I have recently started doing infrared bodywrap saunas. Does that help cleanse out the bad stuff I’ve already unknowingly put in my body?
Howdy Evelyn: Good to hear from you. While floss seems a small thing, the Science points to not needing any more PFAS … we’re all getting some in our water and food thanks to DuPont. Baby’s are being born with it so it’s getting across the placenta barrier. I understand the issue with the floss … my wife’s teeth are tight and overlap a little and if floss isn’t extra-slick, it just doesn’t work for her. I”m able to use non-easy-glide floss and also use the water irrigation and support a healthy oral microbiome. But here’s the thing, close examination reveals a lot of that gloss-coating scrapes off between your teeth. Read further down for my reply to Cecilia. You’ll have to weigh the pros and cons for yourself. It follows that infrared saunas can help detox most everything. Generally, as a rule of life, we never “break even” doing something that’s harmful and then mitigating it with something helpful. But it’s worth the try. Our lives are immersed in plastic and convenience. If it’s not one thing, then it’s another. As they say, “Choose wisely.” And do the best you can. One philosophy is to do more good things for your health than detrimental things. The body is resilient. Best wishes!
Great article! Thank you for sharing!
I am wondering what floss you would recommend? I have teeth that are tight and I normally use the easy glide floss. Thanks
Thank you Lori. See the reply to Lisa on this subject … I’m pasting it in here: Have the same issue here at home. My wife’s teeth are tight. We tried floss from the health-food store, but it was more difficult and breakable. So we opted for a “water pic” device called “Via Jet.” Nothing’s perfect and it has plastic parts, so we only fill the reservoir when using it to avoid the water lingering in a plastic container. Maybe further searching for oral irrigation devices that employ glass and stainless steel will provide an upgrade to this concept. There are also “sticks” such as peelu which would be a throw back to the old days when people used twigs, etc. Or perhaps a horsetail seton (if you have a handy horse). Thread’s not so good because cotton is now genetically modified for glyphosate herbicide. There’s sonic air floss which jets both air and water. The virtues of flossing, with non-toxic floss, if able, outweigh not flossing, but it seems wise to avoid “teflon”-type dental flosses in the mouth and in the environment. See if something works well for you and let us know!
Could you name specific dental flosses to use? Any good one to use for tight (floss shredding) contacts between teeth? I understand from the article that Glide and Oral B should be avoided.
Howdy Lisa: Have the same issue here at home. My wife’s teeth are tight. We tried floss from the health-food store, but it was more difficult and breakable. So we opted for a “water pic” device called “Via Jet.” Nothing’s perfect and it has plastic parts, so we only fill the reservoir when using it to avoid the water lingering in a plastic container. Maybe further searching for oral irrigation devices that employ glass and stainless steel will provide an upgrade to this concept. There are also “sticks” such as peelu which would be a throw back to the old days when people used twigs, etc. Or perhaps a horsetail seton (if you have a handy horse). Thread’s not so good because cotton is now genetically modified for glyphosate herbicide. There’s sonic air floss which jets both air and water. The virtues of flossing, with non-toxic floss, if able, outweigh not flossing, but it seems wise to avoid “teflon”-type dental flosses in the mouth and in the environment. See if something works well for you and let us know!
Hi Lisa: I don’t know brands and have only tried a few. Here’s a pasted in reply on some options … Have the same issue here at home. My wife’s teeth are tight. We tried floss from the health-food store, but it was more difficult and breakable. So we opted for a “water pic” device called “Via Jet.” Nothing’s perfect and it has plastic parts, so we only fill the reservoir when using it to avoid the water lingering in a plastic container. Maybe further searching for oral irrigation devices that employ glass and stainless steel will provide an upgrade to this concept. There are also “sticks” such as peelu which would be a throw back to the old days when people used twigs, etc. Or perhaps a horsetail seton (if you have a handy horse). Thread’s not so good because cotton is now genetically modified for glyphosate herbicide. There’s sonic air floss which jets both air and water. The virtues of flossing, with non-toxic floss, if able, outweigh not flossing, but it seems wise to avoid “teflon”-type dental flosses in the mouth and in the environment. See if something works well for you and let us know!
Slightly off topic, but I’m curious if your partner can contribute to poor oral hygiene? If you are passionately kissing your partner, can you take on their bad oral health?
Howdy Drew: Great question. When you think about it, when entering into a relationship, we are also combining various microbiomes. Your microbiome can accept or reject species of bacteria depending on your innate make up. And vice versa. And it depends upon the species–how aggressive or cooperative they are. The oral microbiome changes all the time. It changes with exposure like you are citing, and it changes with all the different food and beverages we consume. So now … to answer your question. in Natural Health we think of personal susceptibility. If your partner provides an undesirable species, then your microbiome and your immune system should be strong to maintain its own integrity. We find that candida can be a venereal disease. For example, candida in the prostate can infect the partner, but rather than blame the partner for the repeated candidiasis episodes, it’s best to build and support your own optimal microbiome, and efficient immune control. And important for the partner to do likewise. Thus two healthy, personal microbiomes will learn to live in harmony and not challenge the other partner will illness or infections. Humans share microbiomes all the time … sneezes into the air, hands on the doorknob, oral contact, skin contact, so it’s really about maintaining your personal immune strength and adaptability. If you partner does likewise, there should be compatibility. Check out the blog “Your Match Made in Heaven: Free-Choice or Arranged?”for how your microbiome helps choose partners. Finally, everyone should maintain healthy microbiomes, e.g. good personal hygiene. Doing so supports the immune system’s job to resolve inflammation (finger and toe nail-beds, oral gum health, and nether regions.) Happy Bugs!
My wife and I switched to a homemade toothpowder, when it was explained that glycerin, found in many or most commercial toothpastes coat teeth in order to desensitize them. The coating prevents the bacteria and saliva from remineralizing the tooth enamel. Our teeth have gotten whiter from brushing with this powder containing clay, charcoal, and a couple of other ingredients.
Excellent! Thank you, Ron. I love it that “mud” and “black charcoal” help whiten teeth. This may be the action of bacteria that release hydrogen peroxide to help control other species. That and the fact that activated charcoal absorbs toxins that support teeth staining. Keep in mind that clay and charcoal can be more abrasive than toothpastes, and call for gentle brushing. I love the concept of a homemade dentifrice! No lead or plastic toothpaste tube going into the land fill or combusting into the air. And maybe even a cost savings. I’m going to join you and make my own too.
When I check on the shopping list and find that Revitin toothpaste is out of stock. Will there be more to come, soon?
Howdy Cecilia: Amazon says that they have it in stock. Happy brushing!
Hi. Is it safe to use food grade hydrogen peroxide as a mouthwash on a regular basis?
Howdy Ginger. So glad you asked. The answer is NO. I assume you are diluting Food Grade H2O2 to a lower concentration … BUT H2O2 is an oxidizing agent and can damage the gums, DNA, as well as kill your beneficial oral microbiome. There’s an old therapy for people with oral pathogen proliferation where the teeth are scrubbed with baking soda and then 3% H2O2 is swished for 30 seconds. Like oil pulling or any anti-pathogenic treatment, there’s a time and place for its purpose — to kill off unwanted species, lower infection, etc. But don’t use H2O2 regularly. It can damage the probiotic balance, and runaway oxidation can cause DNA damage and set the stage for cancer.
Oral Bacteria: Bugs in Your Mouth! –
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Hallo Calator. Good to hear from you all the way from Germany. I’m not aware of blogs that are exclusive to microbiome, but will reply back if/when I find such. There’s much scientific research about microbes at http://www.academia.org You can get research news feeds from then and so far, they are not censoring the research studies about the issues that Google is suppressing from public access — vaccinations and autism, pesticides and cancer, fluoride in municipal water, 5G technology. It’s a good resource to read the scientific studies.
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I’ve heard that dr. Tung’s Smart Floss is safe. Any comments? It’s what I’ve been using and I prefer it to Glide (that I used to use). Available at Tooth Soap.com and elsewhere.
Hello Carole: I’d not heard of Dr. Tung’s floss. On looking at it, I think you are on to something. It specifies that it’s free of Teflon and has a biodegradable container. And it says it stretches to fit in tight spaces — and that may solve the reason some snaggletooth people need the “glide” action which was errantly address with toxic Teflon. I’m ordering some and will put it to the test. There’s a new research study that links poor oral hygiene, e.g. gingivitis to increased risk of ALZHEIMER’S, so improving and maintaining the oral microbiome just became more important than ever — something we’re solving here because modern dentistry has been lax in addressing this, even to the point of doing more harm than good with fluoride treatments, toothpastes and mouthwashes that injure the probiotic species in the mouth. I’m excited and thank you for sharing this. Next, to see if it works for my wife, Janine (who has a snaggletooth that cuts coarse floss like a hot knife through butter.) Thanks so much for contributing to this cause.
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Very informative article! I am a patient with a severely compromised immune system from Lupus, RA, Sjogren’s and Fibromyalgia. I strongly suspect that a flare that I am experiencing that is seriously attacking my skin is related to the bacterial gum disease that I have suffered from throughout my life.
I am thinking of trying the oil pulling but I was wondering if there are any specific probiotics that might be useful to help me address any systemic bacteria that might have originated from my mouth.
My doctors keep putting me on various rounds of antibiotics, but they prevent me from being able to have my biologic infusions while I take them. Then I end up in a cycle where my Lupus and my RA are flaring. I am seeking a natural way to break the cycle.
Howdy EMO. Good to hear from you. Oil pulling is terrific, but be careful not to do it too much. It also removes beneficial species of the oral microbiome. So do it three times and then support your oral microbiome. You can get some raw, organic sauerkraut and crunch it around in your mouth. This will flood your mouth with beneficial species. The species that decide to hang around are actually strongly-determined by what you eat and what your immune system accommodates. The oil pulling will know down pesky colonies that may be causing tooth decay and “seeding” the G.I. tract with pathogenic species. So oil pulling is a good house cleaning. Then move forward with healthy oral microbiome support — healthy toothpaste such as Revitin or Dr. Bronners or Weleda or charcoal. Use a water irrigation device. Crunch the sauerkraut and avoid sugar. You are suffering from some concerning autoimmune conditions. If your doctors have not helped your body reverse these things, keep in mind that epigenetics tells us that they can be improved. A great place to start is with your oral microbiome. Best wishes.