Have you tried everything to clear your acne, but it just doesn’t seem to go away?
Much like your smile, we understand how much skin conditions such as acne can affect your mood and confidence. And we want nothing more than to help you radiate every room you walk into. That’s why we’re so passionate about helping you understand the role of oral health in your overall health.
Most people don’t see a pimple and immediately ask themselves, “When was the last time I went to the dentist?” But we’re here to encourage you to start thinking about your skin health from every angle! The truth is, oral health can have a huge impact on your skin health (among many other things such as gut health, genetics, diet, and beyond).
When you start to think of your skin health as a product of all of these things, oral health included, you start to see the bigger picture that is holistic health....a topic we find very both interesting and inspiring! This is exactly why we’re diving into the connection between oral health and skin health, and how holistic oral care (with help from Davids) can help nurture both of these things.
can cavities cause acne?
The short answer is: yes! You can have the greatest skincare routine in the world, but if your oral health is in bad shape, the impacts might appear on your face.
New research analysis shows a direct relationship between oral health and acne. When cavities, gingivitis, and/or oral infections are present, they generate an overgrowth of bacteria. One species in particular, propionibacterium (commonly found in pimples), can cause new breakouts to form.
If you’re experiencing unexplained breakouts (especially along your jaws and cheek), it’s important to examine your oral health. Are you diligent about completing your oral hygiene routine? Are you up-to-date on your dentist visits? Being proactive about these things is one of the best ways to minimize the transfer of bacteria from your mouth to your skin.
other impacts of oral health on skin health
The same study links poor oral health with conditions such as psoriasis and eczema, emphasizing the impacts that oral health can have on your skin health. Severe eczema is linked to bleeding gums, and psoriasis is linked to high oral bacterial load, plaque burden, and periodontitis (gum disease).
These skin conditions are a sign of inflammation, and often, that inflammation can originate in the mouth. We don’t say this to scare you, but rather, to enlighten you and inspire you to identify and address the root cause(s) of your skin conditions. Enhanced oral care might just be the missing ingredient your skin (and body) has been craving!
how holistic oral health + hydroxyapatite can help
The good news about holistic oral health is that it considers the whole picture. A holistic approach considers your mouth’s role in skin health and beyond (mental health, gut health, and organ health).
When it comes to maintaining your holistic oral health, we strongly recommend adding hydroxyapatite toothpaste (aka nano hydroxyapatite toothpaste) to your routine. Why specifically toothpaste with hydroxyapatite? It works to remineralize your enamel from the inside out while working to achieve an optimal bacteria balance. By intentionally working to remineralize your enamel every day, you’re creating a stronger line of defense against tooth decay, gum disease, plaque buildup, tooth sensitivity, and beyond.
Not only does nano hydroxyapatite have amazing benefits, but it’s also biocompatible. Because it already exists in your body, there are no health risks associated with its daily use. That’s why you won’t find a poison control label on our hydroxyapatite toothpaste (or any of our natural toothpaste options). There are no associated side effects (unlike conventional toothpastes that contain fluoride). Now that’s holistic oral care at its finest!
In addition to brushing twice daily with a third-party tested nano hydroxyapatite toothpaste (like ours!), we recommend the following healthy habits to further elevate your holistic oral health and prevent unwanted skin conditions.
- floss daily: remember that brushing alone can leave up to 30% of your tooth’s surface untouched. Flossing is crucial when it comes to taming the bacteria in the tiny crevices between your teeth.
- wash your face after brushing your teeth: especially if you’re a “messy brusher,” this can minimize the bacteria that transfer from your mouth to your skin. You don’t want this bacteria to linger on your skin after you’ve brushed.
- try a natural mouthwash with hydroxyapatite: an added dose of hydroxyapatite never hurts! Natural mouthwash works to achieve a healthy bacterial balance in your oral microbiome, rather than completely wiping out all bacteria. The hydroxyapatite particles in natural mouthwash work to remineralize your enamel even further.
- tongue scrape: your tongue is a soft, cushy breeding ground for bacteria. One of the best ways to reduce the amount of bad bacteria in your mouth is to scrape your tongue after you brush your teeth. By doing it after brushing, you’re allowing the bacteria-fighting ingredients in your toothpaste to clean your tongue too.
- schedule visits with your dentist every six months: your dentist can see far beyond the average eye. With their expertise (and x-rays!), they can identify conditions such as gum disease, gum recession, plaque buildup, and all stages of tooth decay (even the early stages). Their professional tools can scrape off tartar and plaque buildup unlike any other tools, so it’s crucial that you maintain frequent visits to your dentist!
Start by doing one great thing for your oral + overall health: add hydroxyapatite toothpaste to your routine! Trust us, you won’t regret it.