Last week I wrapped up my first blog series, The Happiness Project, with a few suggestions I’ve found helpful in maintaining a, mostly, sunny disposition postpartum. Technically the twelfth tenet happy people tend to follow revolves around basic body care. This is an important topic in my opinion, so I would like to spend a little extra time expounding upon the various ways we can freshen up our daily hygiene routines, naturally.
A discussion with a dental hygienist, and seasoned mother, in my most recent anatomy & physiology course reminded me how vital it is to have a daily dental ritual. The moment that sticks with me most is her response to the question,
“How important is flossing?”
“You only need to floss the teeth you want to keep,” she recommended with a grin.
Zoiks! I want to keep all of my teeth. What’s more, I want my son to have beautiful teeth set in strong gums.
The 6 steps outlined by Daniel Vitalis in the video above are an excellent platform to launch your own, personalized, oral hygiene routine. Six steps sounds tedious, and would be if you did all six two-three times every day. The beauty of these suggestions is that you you only need to do a few daily, with the option of trying all six for an occasional deep cleansing routine. Plus steps 2 and 6 are essentially the same, swish your mouth with salt water.
I think when I try the full routine at home I might switch the second saltwater rinse with a diluted Dr. Bronner’s mouth wash. This is what I use now in place of alcohol-based mouthwashes, which can dry your gums out and subsequently lead to periodontal disease. The alkalizing property of Dr. Bronner’s. soap also supports the healthy bacteria population necessary for healthy digestion, while alcohol-based rinses kill all bacteria non-descriminitly. The easiest way to dilute the Bronner’s is to wash your hands after flossing and scoop some of the sudsy water from your hands into your mouth before rinsing them completely clean. I particularly like the tingly fresh feeling of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps Pure-Castile Soap, 18-in-1 Hemp Peppermint, 32 Ounce Bottle
Another factor to consider when vying for pearly whites is diet. Tooth decay occurs from the inside out as well as the more commonly combated superficial plaque and tarter. Strong, anecdotal, evidence supporting this theory is provided by Healthyfitmom on her YouTube channel.
I’m going to save the dairy rant for another day, but let’s suffice it to say that there are many sources of dietary calcium; dark leafy greens and almonds are a couple of my favorites. And building healthy bones relies on a specific balance of minerals in your body. So if you load up on calcium but are deficient in magnesium, potassium, or vitamins D & C (among other nutrients) your body isn’t able to utilize that calcium effectively. Food sources of calcium are more readily absorbed and utilized than supplemental pills and powders. WebMD has a great article outlining foods rich in calcium and some recommended daily allowances.
And may the Floss be with you:)