Why is it that some oral hygiene products have seemingly insane ingredients in them while others are made with natural ingredients?
Looking beyond profit margins and corporate darkness, how can some manufacturers actually think that their products are optimally helping when they contain ingredients that we consider to be ‘questionable’ at best?
Today, let’s take a close look at oral hygiene products. Specifically, we want to explore the underlying reason why some oral health products are made with ingredients that we consider to be less than ideal.
We also want to ‘teach you how to fish’ by sharing with you a strategy that you can use to determine for yourself whether or not a product you are considering is going to optimally help you navigate to greater oral (and whole being) health.
In order to best explain the difference between the formulation process of oral hygiene products, let’s discuss what we consider the #1 oral health myth in our culture.
There is a myth that is still pretty prevalent in our culture. This commonly held belief has been proven false in many ways, and can be best encapsulated like this…
Debunking the #1 oral health myth…
The myth is, ‘What goes in the mouth, stays in the mouth.’
In other words, in general, our culture believes that we can put something in our mouth, and that product will spread no farther than our mouth; that we can use something we don’t want to swallow in the mouth and as long as we rinse after, we won’t get any of this product in our system.
However, this myth isn’t true!
It’s been proven that whatever we put in our mouths is absorbed into the bloodstream through the cheek and gum tissue, in some cases FASTER than if we actually swallowed the product!
We can find real-life examples that counter this isolated mouth myth all throughout the healing world. For example, conventional medicine uses nitroglycerin absorbed under the tongue to stop angina. Also, those of us who appreciate holistic medicine know the merits of homeopathic remedies which are absorbed under the tongue.
We see this myth as being related to the mental disconnect our culture has with our mouths.
In general, we as a culture think that we can somehow treat the mouth separate from the rest of the body, put products into the mouth and keep them from the rest of the body, and all this despite the fact that the mouth is the main pathway to introduce new stuff from outside the body into our bodies, right?
When you think about it this way, you can see how silly the myth really is.
So, with this myth clearly debunked, let’s look at why the quality of oral hygiene products can vary so much.
Why oral hygiene formulas vary so much…
It all comes from the mindset of the creators of the formula.
If the creators of the formula believe that the myth ‘what goes in the mouth, stays in the mouth’ is true, then they will feel comfortable using ingredients in their oral hygiene products that, from our perspective, really don’t belong in living bodies.
On the other hand, if the creators of a formula understand that this myth is not true and realize that whenever we put something in our mouth, we are putting that into our body, then they are going to only use ingredients that support healthy, living systems.
So, when you read the ingredients on an oral hygiene product, look to see if you can tell whether the creators of that formula still believe this myth or not. We have found that almost all products on the market have ingredients that really don’t belong in the body.
Here’s another way you can go about this process…
How to tell for yourself if a product is going to help you…
After you read the ingredients of an oral hygiene product, ask yourself the following questions.
1. Would using these ingredients help improve the environment in my mouth? Are they going to assist me in balancing my oral flora? In other words, would using this product help my mouth navigate to greater oral health?
If you get a yes when pondering this question, then ask question #2, which is:
2. Would using these ingredients in anyway disrupt my ability to create an optimal whole body immune response?
In the spirit of staying focused on solutions, we aren’t going to call out any specific ingredients in this article. However, suffice it to say that you don’t have to look very far at all to find examples of ingredients that seem to help in the mouth yet have been proven to offer zero help (or even cause harm) ‘downstream’. Then, of course, there are all the ingredients that are simply used to construct the product into fancy (aka crazy) colors and flavors.
So, if you answer ‘no’ to either of these questions, you may want to pass on using this product in your mouth. Simply put, if we put a product in our mouth that disrupts our ability to create an optimal immune response, then we are literally taking one step forward and two steps back.
Our primary focus has to be on maximizing our immune expression, then on creating improvement in the mouth. If a product claims to provide support in the mouth but has ingredients that could undermine our immune potential, it was probably created from the mindset of believing the myth that what goes in the mouth, stays in the mouth.
As an example, let’s apply this two step questioning to using our OraWellness HealThy Mouth Blend.
Applying this strategy on the HealThy Mouth Blend
Would using our HealThy Mouth Blend improve the mouth environment to support an individual in navigating to greater oral health?
Well, using the blend increases saliva production and raises the pH in the mouth, which supports a shift to a healthier balance of bacteria in the mouth and facilitates remineralization of the enamel.
Customers report to us that by using the blend, they have been successful in stopping their bleeding gums (a very common sign of infection).
Customers also report to us that their dentists and hygienists tell them that their mouths are ‘boring’ to work in because of how little plaque accumulation they have on their teeth.
Dental literature states that specific essential oils in the HealThy Mouth Blend formula have a unique ability that the literature calls ‘adhesion inhibition’. In other words, using the HealThy Mouth Blend makes it more difficult for bad bugs to attach or adhere to teeth and gums.
This is why we so commonly hear how customers love the very clean feeling of their teeth and gums, and why dentists find so little plaque in the mouths of OraWellness customers.
And finally, customers have reported to us that their dentists have told them that the active decay in their mouths has stopped. They credit this to using our blend.
To us, these examples support a ‘yes’ answer to question one; using our OraWellness HealThy Mouth Blend will support the mouth to navigate to greater oral health.
So let’s ask question 2 and see what we find…
Would using the HealThy Mouth Blend disrupt our ability to optimize our immune response?
Well, the HealThy Mouth Blend is made from 100% organic and wild-crafted ingredients. So, there are no pesticides, genetically modified ingredients, or chemical fertilizers in the product to undermine our health.
It’s made from organic plant essences and an organic carrier oil (organic sweet almond oil for our Original blend and organic jojoba oil for our Nut-Free blend). Hmm, no chemical sounding ingredients here. So it’s basically the essence of plants grown organically.
There are no additives or harmful ingredients in the blend just to fill a tube.
A balanced formula: One of the core principles of the HealThy Mouth Blend is that it’s a balance between warming and cooling herbs. It’s recognized in traditional medicines around the world that if we use only warming or only use cooling products then over time, we can cause imbalance in the body. So, years ago when formulating our blend, we made sure to create a balanced formula, including both warming and cooling plant essences, to insure the safety of its long-term use.
Last, as the creators of the formula, we have over 30 years experience studying the Chinese longevity arts, and we are very aware that the myth, ‘what goes in the mouth, stays in the mouth’ isn’t true!
I think we have clearly answered question 2 here as well. Using the HealThy Mouth Blend isn’t going to disrupt our ability to maximize our immune expression.
I hope this simple 2 question strategy helps you shake down the details about any oral hygiene product you’re thinking about bringing into your home.
Again, if a product claims to help in the mouth but doesn’t address the potential impact it may have on the whole body, chances are the formulators still believe the #1 myth, ‘what goes in the mouth, stays in the mouth’.
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What do you think? How do you see this cultural myth impact society?
And finally, if you want to have some fun, let’s hear about how applying the 2 questions in this article helps you identify whether the oral hygiene products you have in your home were made with the awareness of the myth or not! Let’s keep it clean and not name any product names, but feel free to post ingredients in the comments below so we can all continue to learn from one another!