Bad Bacteria in the Mouth
The mouth provides a hospitable environment for many microorganisms. It is warm, nutrient-rich, continuously bathed with saliva, and has a pH of between 6.75 and 7.25. Hence the oral cavity is home to a rich microbiota, most of which are beneficial organisms and live in harmony with each other and the host.
The presence of microbes is in fact essential for maintaining the normal physiology of the oral cavity. While this symbiosis is usually stable and mutually beneficial, if some external force changes the balance, the result can be gingivitis, dental caries, or periodontal disease.
Not all bacteria in the mouth are harmful; there are more than 100 species of bacteria, along with hundred species of fungi, protozoa and viruses that can cause mouth related diseases.
Additionally there are more than 500 other living, breathing microorganisms inhabiting in our mouths, out of which only 50 have been identified and named.
The most harmful mouth bacteria inhabiting in our mouth is streptococcus mutant strain, which is a cavity causing bacteria. It was initially thought to be a harmless bacterium, but later it was found to be harmful for the mouth.
The source of this bacterium is sugar; it thrives upon refined sugar and as a part of its digestive process that converts sugar into acid.
In this article, Aaron Weinberg, DMD, PhD, agrees that trying to sterilize the mouth may lead the way for exogenous, deleterious organisms to colonize it instead.
Although it is one of the most common ailments on the planet, dental caries, more commonly known as cavities, remains a poorly understood disease. Caries are caused by a complex interplay of factors, especially patient diet and the presence of the bacteriaStreptococcus mutans on the teeth. In spite of the fact that poor dental health has been linked to multiple full-body conditions and diseases, such as Multiple Sclerosis and Heart Disease, and that eighty percent of all American adolescents will be diagnosed with caries, there are still few successful natural treatments you can try.
Streptococcus mutans (S. mutans) is a dental pathogen that is considered to be the leading cause of tooth decay worldwide, according to Thea Horaud’s “Streptococci and the Host.” It attaches itself to the surface of teeth and metabolizes energy sources, including sugar, to form aggressive acids. These acids break down teeth enamel and bring on a host of oral diseases. There are seven species of the S.mutans group: Streptococcus mutans, Streptococcus cricetus, Streptococcus rattus, Streptococcus ferus, Streptococcus sobrinus, Streptococcus macacae and Streptococcus downei.
As with all diseases this did not happen overnight. The very first thing you must do is see a licensed health professional. Find a list of practitioners in your local area here.
Try to avoid sugar or sugary products until your symptoms are under control.
Here are some things you can discuss with your practitioner:
- Eliminate Candida: Visit here for information on the Dr Jeff McCombs Candida Cleanse.
- Do the Hydrogen Peroxide Protocol to strengthen the immune system.
- Drink 3oz of Colloidal Silver, three or four times a day for 60 days www.colloidsforlife.com Silver has long been recognised as a powerful natural antibiotic. Colloidal silver is silver that has been removed electronically from its source and then suspended in water. It is used to treat a myriad of diseases.
- Go on a fast to clear your system of toxic waste www.wecarespa.com
- Try an Ennerhealth Botanicals cleanse: www.enerhealthbotanicals.com
- We recommend regular colonics to remove toxicity from the body.
- Most of the water that we drink is very acidic and in order to heal our bodies need a more alkaline state. During the programme drink alkalised water, which you can buy from Real Water www.realwater.com , or you can buy a Kangen Unit.
- Take a bath as often as possible up to once a day with two litres of 35% food grade Hydrogen Peroxide.
Your diet affects the amount of bacteria in your mouth. Avoid foods with high amounts of added sugar. Sugar is broken down by the bacteria in your mouth into acids. The acids have the ability to damage the enamel of your teeth and promote cavities. Foods to avoid include soda, fruit juice, caramels and candy. Drink plenty of water between meals instead of soda to rinse out any leftover food debris and remove bacteria.
It is important to not add further toxicity to your system so try to adhere to the following:
- Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
- Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
- Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
- Avoid all fast food restaurants.
- Avoid all canned food.
- Eliminate conventional dairy products. The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows. If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
- Avoid conventional beef. The best beef is organic grass fed beef. The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey. Check out www.grasslandbeef.com.
Not only do probiotics have various health benefits for your immune system and entire body, but they can also stop bad breath (halitosis). Extensive research has been done to look into the role of various probiotic strains; so far, positive results have been found.
- Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day for periods of 4 weeks at a time.
- Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met. The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product. You can find more details here.
- Take an Omega 3 supplement:
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually disease. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:
- Go to a Dr Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
- Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:
Stephen Lewis, founder of the Aim Program. Find out more by clicking here.
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- Consider using Mary Millers Iching System Products – ichingsystemsinstruments.com
- Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage. Find a local practitioner here.
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dissolving stress. Find a local practitioner here or go towww.thetappingsolution.com or www.tftrx.com
- Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a local practitioner here.
The traditional method of oil pulling can be beneficial for the following:
When done daily this practice is incredibly effective for:
- Brightening and whitening teeth
- Healthier gums
- Removal of mucus
- Preventing bad breath
- Increasing energy
- Having a clearer mind
- Decreasing headaches
- Clearing the sinuses
- Alleviating allergies
- Better sleep
How to oil pull:
- Drink 1 cup of water on an empty stomach.
- Melt 1-3 tsp. of organic, cold-pressed vegetable oil (I like coconut oil the best) in your mouth or over very low heat in a double boiler.
- Swish through your mouth for 20 minutes while you’re busy doing something else. The first few times my gag reflexes reared themselves and it was a little difficult keeping the oil in my mouth, but I persisted and by the third day it was fine. If you have this problem too, I recommend sticking with it.
- Spit into trash, compost or outside in the grass (just not in the sink – we don’t want to clog the pipes).
- Swish water through your mouth to rinse.
As always the fastest most effective way to receive tailored advice to your own situation, you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Ayurvedic practitioners here.
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
Traditional Chinese Medicine
A traditional Chinese medicine that comes from a dried prune – specifically from the Asian plum, or Japanese apricot – has been found to be effective at killing mouth bacteria.
To receive bespoke advice based upon your own situation you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners here.
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
Compounds from Clove (Syzygium aromaticum) essential oil inhibit growth of oral pathogens Streptococcus mutans, Actinomyces viscosus, P. gingivalis, and P. intermedia.
Use 4 drops of essential oil per 25ml of carrier oil.
To ensure positive results, always check that the essential oil is a 100% pure plant distillation and that it comes from a reputable source.
Owing to the principles behind homeopathy it is essential you see a licensed practitioner to receive your own personalised prescription. Find your closest Homeopath here.
Debris on the tongue can promote bad breath because of the presence of bacteria. Use your toothbrush to scrub off food particles before brushing your teeth. As an alternative, use a tongue scraper to get rid of bacteria on the tongue. Floss after meals to remove any food that lodges between your teeth.
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
Top 10 herbs which are highly effective in mouth care are as follows
(Syzygium aromaticum): They are rich in eugenol which acts as highly effective topical anesthetic. Clove oil is used for temporary relief against tooth or gum pain. You can apply clove oil directly on the affected area with the help of a cotton ball.
(Aloe vera): It is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and is beneficial in curing gum inflammation. Extract some fresh gel from the aloe leaf and apply it directly on the affected area.
(Azadirachta indica): Since centuries Neem is considered to be one of the highly regarded herbs. It is has high healing and anti-bacterial properties. It is one of the key ingredients of natural mouthwash and toothpastes. It is effective in controlling the plaque formation.
(Calendual officinalis): With its anti-inflammatory properties it is effective in treating tender and irritated gums. It also acts as mild antiseptic. For treating sore gums 1 cup of calendula tea daily is highly effective.
(Melaleuca alternifolia): It has strong antimicrobial properties and essential oil of tea tree is beneficial in combating bacteria which causes gum disease and tooth decay. To prepare homemade mouth rinse with tea tree oil mix 3 drops of tea tree oil to Â½ cup of tepi
(Comminphora spp.): To treat mouth ulcers and bleeding gums it is one of the efficient herbs. It also helps fighting against bacteria causing gum diseases and tooth decay. You can use this herb in powdered or liquid form for curing gum infection.
(Mentha xpiperita): It is one of the key ingredients of mouthwashes and toothpastes. Menthol is main flavoring agent in mint which acts as an excellent mouth freshener. To prepare homemade mouth rinse, to a glass of water add few drops of mint essential oil.
(Salvia officinalis): It has strong astringent properties hence it is beneficial in tightening the gums and curing sore mouth. To heal sore gums warm sage tea is highly beneficial.
(Echinacea spp.): It is a potential immune stimulating herb and is highly effective in fighting against infection. For curing oral infection, in Â½ glass of tepid water add Â½ teaspoon of liquid extract of the herb. Rinse your mouth with this solution 3 times in a day till the infection is totally cured. After rinsing you can swallow the solution.
(Quercus alba): White oak bark has strong astringent properties. When used as mouth wash it is beneficial in treating tender, swollen and bleeding gums.
Yoga – The physical postures and breathing exercises comprising the practice of yoga have long been proven by scientific research to promote feelings of relaxation while simultaneously strengthening the body. Research conducted since the 1970s has shown that regular yoga practice not only relieves stress, and stressful emotions such as anxiety and depression, but also improves blood pressure rates and overall cardiovascular health. Yoga is also effective for reducing pain, improving gastrointestinal and respiratory function, and for improving cognitive function and enhancing sight and hearing.
Note: If you are just beginning to explore yoga, it is recommended that you initially do so under the guidance of a trained yoga instructor who can guide you to become aware of the subtleties involved in each yoga posture as well as the corresponding method of breathing.
Qigong – Is a wonderful form of exercise, breath work and meditation to relieve stress and tension in the body. See article section for more information about the art of qigong.
Traditional Chinese Medicine – Ancient Healing www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/traditional_chinese_ancient_healing.php
The best way to cleansing and purification of the body www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/54_the_best_way_to_cleansing_and_purification_of_the_body_110512.php
Mother Nature’s Natural Germ Fighters naturalhealthdossier.com/2012/03/mother-natures-natural-germ-fighters
Immune health NC_Newsletter_07-11.pdf
Squeaky Clean (Colonic Irrigation) http://www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/squeaky_clean.php
Heal Your Body and Raise Your Consciousness – Qigong NC_Newsletter_12-08.pdf
Health Care that Won’t Cost You a Single Penny – EFT NC_Newsletter_12-06.pdf
Become Master of Your Mind – taking charge of your reaction to stress NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Jump for Joy – Rebounding is a great stress busting workout NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Hypnotherapy for stress management – why it is so effective www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/hypnotherapy_for_stress.php
Natural remedy for tooth decay www.homeveda.com/oral-health/natural-ayurvedic-home-remedies-for-tooth-decay.html
Further Information (links and books)
Natural remedies to kill bacteria in the mouth www.livestrong.com/article/530787-natural-remedies-to-kill-bacteria-in-the-mouth
Top 10 herbs for mouth care herbs.ygoy.com/top-10-herbs-for-mouth-care
Natural home remedies for treating and healing tooth and gum abscesses www.healingteethnaturally.com/home-remedies-for-curing-dental-abscess.html
Essential oils control oral bacteria aromatherapy4u.wordpress.com/2008/08/27/helichrysum-essential-oil-controls-oral-bacteria
Kill mouth bacteria with prune extractfacdent.hku.hk/docs/2011/HKU%20Faculty%20of%20Dentistry%20fights%20mouth%20bacteria%20with%20prune%20extract.pdf
Which foods produce the most mouth bacteria? www.education.com/science-fair/article/mouth-bacteria
Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food … A-To-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies) by Phyllis Balch
Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art by Kathi Keville and Mindi Green
Detox and revitalize by Susana L. Belen
The Secret Language of Your Body by Inna Segal
The Healing Herbs: The Ultimate Guide to the Curative Power of Nature’s Medicines by Michael Castleman and Prevention Magazine
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