How to stay on top of mouth health, holis­ti­cally

Woman’s Day (Australia) - - Health - Dr Lewis Ehrlich

Drink more green tea

Dr Lewis Ehrlich from Syd­ney Holis­tic Den­tal Cen­tre says green tea is great for healthy gums and bet­ter breath be­cause it’s rich in flavonoids, in­clud­ing cat­e­chins, which in­hibit bac­te­ria in­volved in gum dis­ease.

Prac­tise high-in­ten­sity in­ter­val train­ing (HIIT)

We have mi­to­chon­dria in our cells that act like bat­ter­ies so cells can do their job ef­fec­tively. One of the best ways to make new mi­to­chon­dria is to do HIIT. Un­healthy mi­to­chon­dria can bring on gin­givi­tis and gum dis­ease.

Try nasal breath­ing

Place your tongue on the roof of your mouth and breathe through your nose. Mouth breath­ing at night leaves you sus­cep­ti­ble to snor­ing, sleep ap­noea, res­pi­ra­tory in­fec­tions, ton­sil­li­tis, tooth crowd­ing and de­cay.

Eat nu­tri­ent-rich, nat­u­ral foods

Look for foods high in vi­ta­mins A, D, E and K, vi­tal for strong teeth, and jaw de­vel­op­ment. The foods you eat can af­fect the shape and size of your jaw, par­tic­u­larly when it’s de­vel­op­ing.

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