Good Oral Health = 6.4 More Years Alive
Oral health has been proven to directly affect our overall health, and proper mouth care can add years to your life. Studies have shown that oral health affects almost every aspect of your overall health, especially cardiovascular disease and diabetes – two of the biggest killers in developed countries. Keeping your teeth and gums healthy can add 6.4 years to your life, according to Dr. Michael Roizen, Cleveland Internist.
Because it’s lined with mucus membranes and has a high concentration of capillaries near the surface, the mouth is one of the body’s most absorbent organs. The presence of oral bacteria in our circulatory system can trigger the immune response of inflammation. The swelling caused by inflammation restricts our cardiovascular flow and promotes aging and disease. This is one of the many ways that current research is connecting bad oral bacteria with a variety of health issues including heart disease, strokes, diabetes, respiratory problems, pregnancy complications, rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer’s, cancer, and even memory loss.
The Importance of Certified Organic Ingredients
So how can you ensure your oral health is adding and not detracting years to your life? Make sure to brush often, especially first thing in the morning when toxins have gathered in your mouth overnight. Even more importantly, don’t poison yourself with toxic toothpaste. Make sure yours is microbead- and toxin-free. Since your mouth is so absorbent, using certified organic oral care products ensures you aren’t adding harmful chemicals to your body.
Check the label to ensure that your toothpaste is certified organic, doesn’t contain GMOs, toxins or harmful chemicals like sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS), chlorine bleach, pesticides, fluoride, glycerin, triclosan, diethanaolamine (DEA), alcohol, or abrasives (besides being horrible for the environment, microbeads and other abrasives are bad for your health). Also, make sure the company doesn’t test on animals. So what’s wrong with some of those chemical ingredients you should avoid?
Triclosan, commonly found in soaps, deodorants, and toothpastes, is used for its antibacterial properties. When flushed down the drain, this chemical causes irreparable harm to aquatic wildlife and plants. There is increasing evidence that this chemical is harmful and disruptive to the system that regulates hormones in animals and can cause growth defects and possibly infertility according to Mayo Clinic.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is used to get rid of water-resistant items like grease and tar so it is commonly found in things like shampoos, soaps, and laundry detergents. SLS may also be listed as sodium dodecyl sulfate, sulfuric acid, monododecyl ester, sodium salt, sodium salt sulfuric acid, sodium dodecyl sulfate, aquarex me or aquarex methyl. Undiluted SLS can cause skin and eye irritation, as well as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea if ingested, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
Diethanaolamine (DEA) is used in shampoos, soaps, as well as toothpastes to create the foamy and creamy feeling. The EPA reports that direct exposure to this chemical irritates the skin and eyes. Tests on animals have shown many negative health effects ranging from reproductive organ damage to skin, liver, and thyroid cancer. This chemical is classified as hazardous under the Danish EPA because of its toxicity to aquatic wildlife and the California EPA classifies this chemical as carcinogenic towards human life.
Switching to products that are more natural would not only be more beneficial towards your health, especially your oral health – but also more helpful for the environment and its depleting wildlife. Help yourself to a longer and more radiant life by taking care of your teeth, and do it organically to benefit both you and the environment!