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What Would Happen If You Didn’t Brush Your Teeth for a Year?

Unimaginable as it sounds, the idea of not brushing your teeth for a year has some serious implications beyond developing cavities and having a not-so-clean mouth. According to USA Today, the health of your teeth and gums can affect your entire body, including your heart.

Thousands of studies have linked oral disease to systemic disease, including Alzheimer’s, stroke, heart disease and diabetes, so the natural inclination for those who want to optimize oral health may be to brush with fluoride-laden toothpastes and rinse with chemical-laden mouth rinses. The thing is, this is NOT the best way to care for your teeth.

To optimize your oral microbiome, begin by NOT using antibacterial mouth rinses or fluoride-containing toothpaste and fluoridated water. Instead, use a natural toothpaste such as one containing the naturally occurring cacao extract theobromine or coconut oil. Dr. Bronner's All-One Toothpaste, Green People Toothpaste, Happy Teeth Organic Toothpaste and Miessence Toothpaste are also good choices.

Next, consider oil-pulling, something I do myself, every night. Oil pulling is an effective mechanical method of cleansing your teeth and the smallest crevices along your molars that the bristles of your brush cannot reach. Oil pulling with coconut oil reduces bacterial growth in your mouth, strengthens your teeth and reduces inflammation in your gums — and it’s easy to do.

Simply measure out about a tablespoon of coconut oil to pull. Swish the oil around your mouth for about 20 minutes, using your tongue and cheeks to pull the oil through your teeth. Although you'll want to use it as if it were mouthwash, you don't want to gargle it or swallow it — spit it out into your wastebasket when you’re done.
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