If you recall, I have been attempting to add as many natural products to my regime as possible. For an update, see Wellness Break: Natural Products Part I, Part II, and Part III. As you can see, I am a huge proponent for oral health care. I had braces at the age of 5 and have not wavered in my personal oral hygiene ever since.
These two products have been staples in my day to day use for the past year. I found both at one of my favorite stores, Sprouts Farmers Market. (Side-note: there are a lots of new locations, sprouting up all over, so check to see if there is a Sprouts located near you.)
|l-r: Dr. Tung's Tongue Cleaner, MouthWatchers Toothbrush
- Dr. Tung's Tongue Cleaner: tongue scraping has been around for years and it is a commonly known Ayurvedic self-care ritual. Did you know that there are a ton of toxins and bacteria deposited on your tongue while you sleep? Brushing your tongue is helpful, but gently scraping it each day, allows for removal of the toxins, instead of reabsorption. Tongue scraping is great for the following reasons:
- Taste buds - remove those toxins so that you can taste your food flavors much better!
- Immunity - as mentioned above, remove the toxins first thing in the morning to avoid them being reentered into your body.
- Bad breath? Clean it up! Literally!! Ever smelled someone's breath and couldn't breathe? They perhaps may have suffered from Halitosis.
- Proper digestion. Tongue cleaning activates production of saliva, which aids in healthy digestion.
- You understand the importance of oral hygiene. :-)
- MouthWatchers Toothbrush: what can I say about an expensive toothbrush other than I love how it makes my teeth feel? Well, I can tell you that their website promotes it as one of a kind, providing an optimal cleaning experience. According to the site, "The revolutionary antimicrobial dual layer flossing bristles, reach into areas untouched by prior toothbrushes, leaving teeth and gums feeling just as clean as after a professional dental cleaning." I can truly attest to that - remember, I've been in the dentist/orthodontist chair since I was 3-4 years old! This brush also does not allow bacteria to build up as others, so you do not have to discard them as often as your traditional nylon bristles.
What are some of your go-to's as it relates to oral health care? I'd love to know!