Your gut health starts from your mouth and your mouth is the entrance of your gut. Your mouth contains over 700 different microbes. Some of these microbes make their way to your stomach and gut every time you swallow. The oral microbiome contains dense communities of microbes called biofilms.
oral-health According to some research, the bacteria that make up the majority of the microbes in the biofilms are also associated with chronic illnesses. When these bacteria in your mouth reach your gut, they can cause an imbalance of the microbiome in your gut and this can lead to small intestine bacterial overgrowth, a condition called SIBO, this can create weakening of the tight junctions between the endothelial cells in your intestine lining, which is called a ‘leaky gut’, this allows pathogens to enter your bloodstream and the rest of your body. Once this occurs, your immune system becomes activated to fight foreign invaders, but a hyperactive immune system can dramatically increase inflammation in the body. Therefore, you should take care of your oral health because it is the entrance to your gut where over 70% of immune cells are located.
Here are some new approaches to your gut health.
dentist-visit Do you feel hesitant to visit your dentist’s office? Not only the pain and anxiety during the treatment but also the shocking bills after the treatment, which makes your visit quite unforgettable, isn’t it? Let’s use a simple technique to reduce physical pain and financial cost. Oil pulling has been around for thousands of years and originated in ancient India in Ayurvedic medicine. The practice is to use oil to pull toxins out through the gums and mouth to purify the body. It is a simple oral care routine that can significantly benefit your oral health. Coconut oil and olive oil have been a popular medium for oil pulling because they have antimicrobial and antioxidant properties.

Here are some noticeable benefits of oil pulling.

  • Kills harmful bacteria in the mouth and prevents bad breath and cavities.
  • Improves gum health by reducing inflammation.
  • Reduces plaque and gingivitis and whitens the teeth.
  • Stimulate saliva production.

Here are the 4 simple steps to do oil pulling:

  • Put one tablespoon of oil, such as coconut or olive oil in your mouth.
  • Swish it around in your mouth for 5 or 10 minutes and slowly increase the duration.
  • Spit the oil into the trash bin and avoid spitting it into the sink or toilet, as this can lead to clogging.
  • Rinse your mouth well with water before eating or drinking anything.

Oil Pulling


Repeat these steps a few times per week or daily. You may also want to work your way up, starting with swishing for just 5 minutes and increasing the duration until you’re able to do it for a full 15–20 minutes.

Oil pulling is simple, inexpensive, and effective, which can save you costs in the dentist’s office, all you need is to add it to your daily routine. With persistence, you will see the benefits.

Many of us are aware of the danger of fluoride. When ingested, fluoride passes both the blood-brain barrier, which is designed to protect the brain and nervous system from the damage of foreign invaders, it also can pass through the placenta of a mother and reach a fetus. This is part of the reason why some babies suffer from weak immunity and gut health challenges at a very young age because the toxins and toxic heavy metals were passed down to them from the mother during the fetus stage. Did you know that fluoride can bio-accumulate in the body? fluoride toothpasteWhich means not all of it is metabolized and/or excreted by the body. About 50 percent of the fluoride you ingest through water or other food sources is excreted by the urine, while the other half tends to accumulate in the calcified areas of the body, such as bones and teeth, and your pineal gland, which is the temple of the wisdom and an important organ for your sleep cycles and anti-aging properties. The average American consumes about 14 pounds of toothpaste over a lifetime – imagine the impact of harmful chemicals from conventional toothpaste on your health. If you have been using fluoride-free toothpaste, you may be not aware of artificial flavors, colors, and toxic preservatives in your toothpaste. This is why you should consider making your own toothpaste, they are safe, effective, and cheap. Here are a few remedies to consider to make your own toothpaste.
Neem-leaf Neem leaf or neem bark has been used as a natural remedy for oral infections due to its strong antibacterial, anti-parasitic, and antiviral properties for centuries. Modern research suggests that neem reduces plaque, prevents cavities and gum disease, and cleanses the breath. You can add powdered neem to your homemade toothpaste. Remember, the bark is more potent than the leaf.
gum infections White oak bark powder soothes and reduces gum swelling. Historically, it was used for bleeding gums and to tighten gum tissue around loose teeth. It also relieves tooth infections. If you suffer from gum infection, you can make a paste of white oak bark powder and water and place it on the affected area for healing.
Bentonite clay is a soft clay composed of aged volcanic ash. It has been used since ancient times to protect the body from disease and injury. The impressive power of bentonite clay comes from its negatively charged molecules. Those molecules attract positively charged toxins and heavy metals. Bentonite clay can bind with toxins and push them out of the body. Bentonite-clay Your teeth are composed of hard dentin and enamel and both are sustained by minerals. Unfortunately, due to our unhealthy modern lifestyle and environmental toxins, we are losing minerals from our teeth. When your teeth lose minerals faster than they gain minerals, you start to notice unpleasant symptoms like sensitivity and decay. Brushing with bentonite clay accelerates remineralization because natural clays are rich in minerals such as silica, calcium, zinc, potassium, and magnesium. This helps strengthen your teeth, reduce and prevent sensitivity, and protect gums from decay and infections. Bentonite clay gently scrubs and polishes the teeth. It works like an astringent by removing tartar and cleaning the gums. As soon as bentonite clay comes in contact with the bacteria and toxins in your mouth, it absorbs them and replaces them with minerals. According to the International Association of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, brushing with bentonite clay three times per day can even relieve oral infections by removing dangerous bacteria and supporting the teeth and gums with restorative minerals. Peppermint oil reduces bad breath and may help whiten teeth too. You can also add a few drops of clove oil and myrrh oil to enhance its potency.

Here are a few examples of DIY homemade toothpaste recipes. Your toothbrushes also matter. You can opt for natural toothbrushes.

Recipe One


  • 3 tbsp. of baking soda (Red Mill Brand)
  • 1 tbsp. of bentonite clay
  • 2-3 drops of peppermint essential oil, or clove oil based on your preferences
  • Virgin coconut oil (The amount is based on the consistency you desire)
  • 1 tbsp. of White Oak Bark powder
  • Sprinkle some neem bark powder (Bitter taste, only a very small amount)
  • A few drops of stevia (Balance the bitter taste)


  • Mix all ingredients except the coconut oil to taste.
  • Mix in a teaspoon of coconut oil at a time until you find the right consistency for your paste.
  • Put into a small, sealable glass jar or squeezable container and keep in a cool place.
  • It can last about 3 weeks.

Recipe Two



  • 2 tbsp. of Virgin coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp. of baking soda (Red Mill Brand)
  • 1 tsp. of Himalayan sea salt (Optional)
  • 2 tbsp. of bentonite clay
  • 5 -6 drops of essential oil (Such as thieves, clove, peppermint, lemon, etc.)
  • 5 – 10 drops of trace minerals (Colloidal Silver)
  • A few drops of stevia (optional)

When you brush your teeth with your homemade toothpaste, you should spit it into a garbage bin not in your sink because it can plug the sink in a short period.This toothpaste is a great follow-up to your oil pulling. Taking care of your oral health is crucial because your health starts from your mouth. These homemade recipes are cheap and effective; you just need to give it a try.

Spilanthes – A Toothache Plant

Spilanthes is a member of the Asteraceae plant family, which also includes asters, daisies, and sunflowers. It has flowers similar to that of Echinacea. Now it grows in various tropical and sub-tropical areas of the world, including America, Africa, India, Australia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Sri Lanka. Spilanthes is a genus comprised of around 60 species of plant. Both Spilanthesacmella and Spilanthesoleracea were referred to as the ‘toothache plant’.Spilanthes
The major bioactive compounds in Spilanthes are spilanthol and alkylamides.There are other bioactive compounds, such as N-isobutylamides, phenolic compounds, coumarins, and triterpenoids. The active ingredient in spilanthes is found in its leaves and blooms, spilanthol is one of the most potent natural analgesics and numbing agents. If you chew the blooms or leaves, you will experience not only numbness but also increased saliva production, you should experiment with only a small amount to experience how you react. The saliva production can help enhance your digestion and cleanse the mouth. Traditionally, spilanthes has been used for the treatment of toothache, digestive discomfort, and gum care. Spilanthes also fight against pathogens that contribute to coughs and sore throats. Topical application tincture of Spilanthes can quickly relieve the pain of inflamed gums. Its pain-numbing (analgesic) properties can be used on other areas of the body as well.

Spilanthes extract is perhaps the quickest and most effective remedy to relieve tooth pain, you can mix several drops of the Spilanthes extract with water and use it as a mouth rinse. Splicanthes acmellahas traditionally been used to boost digestive health. Research suggests that the plant can be used as a natural remedy for scurvy and a natural digestive aid due to its potent anti-inflammatory and anesthetic properties that can help treat both internal and external inflammation. It also has excellent pain-relieving properties for various health conditions. The antioxidants in the plant can help reduce wrinkles and improve skin appearance. It can also help boost the production of collagen in the skin and is used extensively in commercial skin care products. You can chew the flower heads to relieve the pain from tooth and gum infections and sore throat. Spilanthol can be used as an ingredient in mouthwashes and toothpaste. Not only does it help relieve the pain but it can also provide fresh breath from the mouth and increase the production of saliva, which increases digestion.

Here are some amazing health benefits of Spilanthes:Spilanthes – A Safeguard for the Oral Care
  • Enhances oral care and reduces toothache and gum infections.
  • A digestive aid that reduces ulcers in the digestive tract.
  • Relieves rheumatism and arthritic pain.
  • Increases collagen production and reduces skin aging.
  • Has natural diuretic properties and helps reduce water retention in the body.
For toothache or gum infections,you can make a tincture with flowers and leaves to help relieve tooth and gumpain. You can use the tincture as a mouthwash and rinse your mouth a few times a day for pain relief. You can also chew on the flower heads or roots to get a similar pain-killing effect.For throat pain,you can mix the tincture with water or make tea withthe flowers. To make tea, you can add the flowers to boiling water and let the mixture steep for about ten minutes, then strain, cool, and use the tea to gargle your mouth for fast pain relief. Spilanthesflower is widely usedin cooking. The leaves are used in salads and other dishes. The fresh or boiled leaves can be used in soups and stew dishes to add flavor and nutrients to your diet. Due to its mild and peppery flavor, it combines well with other herbs such as chamomile, ginger, and mint. You could add several dried spilanthes blooms to your herbal tea to add additional health benefits to it.

There are other ways to boost your gut health too.

All these remedies and methods are natural and effective. When you develop a healthy daily routine for your oral care, you will notice your health starts to improve in many ways. What do you think?

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About the author: Lucy Liu
Lucy Liu

As a Holistic Health Practitioner, Registered Dietitian, TCM Practitioner, Energy Healer, Master Hypnotist, Reiki Master, Advanced Theta Healing Practitioner, Author and Speaker, Lucy Liu, the founder of, has gained a good reputation in holistic health after many years of serving patients and clients as a holistic health practitioner. Lucy has developed a unique and comprehensive approach, which combines Western Medicine, Chinese Medicine, Energy Medicine, and Alternative Medicine together, to help others achieve optimal health by creating harmony between the body, mind, and spirit, and maintain long-term success for healthy lifestyle changes.
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