One of the curious characteristics of the healthiest people I have seen in practice over the years is the absence of toothbrushing. These people had good strong teeth and bodies right up until death, and had essentially rarely, if ever, been ill.
Science is just now exploring the relationship between the bacteria in our bodies and health. For decades the assumption was that all bacteria were bad and needed to be eradicated. Consequently, we now have a plethora of products designed to kill bacteria in as many places in our environment as possible. Our homes are sterilized with chemicals (most of which are carcinogens), our food is sterilized (killing beneficial as well as bad bacteria), our soil has lost the bacterial richness so necessary to growing nutritious food (due to the use of pesticides and synthetic fertilizers), our hands and bodies are washed with antibacterial soaps (the residue of which ends up in our waterways), and we brush our teeth and rinse our mouths with the express purpose of killing as much bacteria as possible. Somewhere along the line, the powers that be ignored the wise quiet voices that suggested that some bacteria are crucial to good health. Farmers, mothers, and those who lived close to the land knew this. Many long lived healthy people have clean teeth and mouths, and pleasant breath due to a good balance of good bacteria in their mouths. These good bacteria in our mouths protect us from all sorts of disease. Washing the bacteria out three times a day is not conducive to good health.
How did they keep their teeth and mouth clean and healthy without brushing?
- Good organic, whole foods diet, including fermented vegetables.
- Plenty of antiseptic spices and herbs (raw onions, garlic, curry, etc.)
- Pure water.
- Use of toothpicks as picks and brushes.
- Little to no snacking.
In our modern world of refined foods and drinks it is difficult, but not impossible, to return to a healthier mode of oral health care. If you are living in a manner that fits your body, then your teeth will be squeaky clean and without plaque. Your breath will be fresh, without brushing with toothpaste. Do see your health care provider for guidance.
Pancreatic cancer is still one of our deadliest cancers and it appears to be closely associated with a lack of good bacteria in the mouth.*
All good medicine,