A vital part of your digestive system- your bright smile can last a lifetime. Healthy teeth allow us to eat the wide variety of foods found in our diets; however cavities, ill fitting dentures and other oral problems can make chewing painful. Be sure to make regular dental visits and brushing and flossing a priority to keep your smile- teeth and gums healthy. When any cavities and holes appear in your teeth, it is these small holes that allow larger food particles into the blood stream. You see- what most people don’t understand is that as soon as a tooth shifts or the gum recedes, a hole or a cavity can and usually does appear – that hole is a direct passage way into the blood stream. It is here from where the food particles you are eating get into the blood stream causing an inflammatory response throughout the body- including the arteries of your body. Particles of food are foreign to the body when they are not digested and broken down into their smaller parts through regular abdominal / gastro intestinal absorption. Hence, the body see’s the food as a foreign invasion, inducing a cascade of chemical responses that are released with the auto immune system. The body believes it is saving itself from bacterial invasion- which it is to a certain extent, however the downside to this protective mechanism and cascade of chemicals known as the “inflammatory process” is that over time- the arteries can become full of plaque – atherosclerosis, it is this build up of plaque that causes the channels of blood flow through your arteries to become smaller, which over time can be the cause of heart attack. There are things you can do to increase your dental health, and reduce the risk of heart disease and periodontal disease.

Heard of Oil pulling?

An ancient Ayurvedic ritual, oil pulling has been used in India for century’s. Using organic or cold pressed oil- Coconut oil is the best choice; Best done first thing in the morning on an empty stomach- simply place a tablespoon or so of oil in your mouth and swoosh it around your teeth, pulling the oil back and forth through and around all your teeth and gums with as much pressure your cheeks can muster for approximately 20 minutes then spit it out. You must spit it out as the pulling effect of the oil will pull the bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites and their toxins from your teeth and surrounding gums- yes, there is a world of life living right there in amongst those pearly whites- Candida and Streptococcus are also common residents. It is these types of germs and their toxic waste products that cause gum disease and tooth decay and contribute to many other health problems including arthritis, heart disease and ultimately inflammation- So make sure you spit that oil out!


Kylie McCarthy -Nutritionist
For appointments with Kylie please phone 02 4655 4666 or email kyliem@cabothealth.com.au