Recently, I was scheduled to attend the Natural Products Expo in Anaheim, CA, but the Expo was canceled to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
I’m a mom, and just like you, my first concern is my family. More specifically, my kids. I don’t want my kids to become sick from the coronavirus.
The coronavirus is a real concern but with some planning, you can reduce the chances of yourself, or your family, becoming sick if you are exposed.
In this blog post, I am going to teach you how to protect yourself and your family from getting sick from any airborne virus, including the coronavirus. As a nurse, your health is my priority. Prevention is key and education will arm you and your immune system with barriers!
There are only FOUR ways the coronavirus can enter your body – through your nose, mouth, eyes or dry, cracked skin (hands). You will breathe it in or place it in your mouth or eyes with contaminated fingers, utensils, or food. Or, because of frequent hand washing and the use of alcohol-based sanitizers, hand and cuticles become extremely dry and cracked. Often to the point of bleeding and pain. This is an easy entry for any virus or bacteria.
The first way to prevent bodily contamination is to make sure you wash your hands frequently and prevent dry, cracked skin in the process. Let's face it, the more often you wash your hands, the more likely for your skin to become dry, cracked, itchy and broken.
Let’s revisit how to effectively wash your hands. Here are 6 easy steps to clean hands:
Your mouth is your front door. Open wide and exposure to bacteria, viruses and fungus are all around. Once inside your mouth… the party begins. Your mouth is connected to your nose and sinuses. The bacterial or viral party inside your mouth travels to your nose and mouth causing frequent sinus infections and cold/flu infestations.
My goal is to protect your health by supporting your saliva, the body secretion that no one is talking about but directly impacts your health!
By the way, as a mom, keeping my kid's mouth healthy had kept them more resistant to the cold and flu virus... bonus!
Inside your mouth are the telltale signs that trouble is brewing and if you are exposed to a virus, it will infect you. The place to kill bacteria and viruses is inside your mouth. Your saliva contains anti-viral, antibacterial, antimicrobial proteins which, along with a healthy oral microbiome, should prevent the coronavirus (or any other virus, bacteria) from infesting your body. In truth, if your gatekeeper is healthy, the virus should not get beyond your front door!
The problem is most dental products are destroying the environment inside the mouth instead of supporting your saliva production and protection. Acids from foods support unhealthy bacteria and prevent your saliva from protecting you.
How do you know if your mouth will protect you or make you sick? Read the signs.
The best defense against the coronavirus is a healthy mouth with healthy saliva production.
You should develop the healthy habit of brushing your teeth 2-3 times a day. However, brushing with the wrong products can make you sick by destroying your natural protection your mouth was designed to offer and leaves your front door wide open!
My Dental Protocol and Daily Routine support a healthy mouth microbiome and saliva protection. Dental products that will help prevent the virus from surviving your mouth must be:
Dirty Mouth Toothpowder and Toothpaste, along with our dental essentials (charcoal toothbrush, gum serum, dental floss, and tongue scraper) fulfill all three requirements for a healthy mouth and protects you against viral invasions. Most toothpaste (and powders), even natural brands, do not satisfy ALL three requirements and leave your mouth exposed and vulnerable to decay, bacteria overgrowth, gum disease, toxicity and ultimately, viral infections.
PRO-TIP: Our LED Teeth Whitening Kit uses blue light to kill bacteria inside the mouth and red light to keep your gums healthy. I suggest doing 2-3 20-minute treatments a week to keep your mouth healthy and virus-resistant. Our ULTIMATE ORAL WELLNESS KIT includes the LED kit and our dental essentials.
Your first line of defense against the coronavirus, and all airborne viruses, lies inside your mouth. More specifically, in your saliva.
Saliva is the health drink for your teeth and mouth. The three pints produced by the salivary glands each day contain antibacterial and antiviral substances that protect teeth from cavities, your gums from disease and kills viruses and bacteria before it can invade your body. Saliva contains calcium and phosphorus that your teeth absorb. It also functions as an overall lubricant for the mouth, preventing food from sticking to your teeth and gums.
Saliva contains antibacterial and antiviral proteins to kill pathogens, like the coronavirus, before they enter your body! This brings new meaning to the phrase “good health begins inside your mouth”!
Through the day, your mouth is detecting and analyzing viruses, bacteria, pollen, food, and toxins before they enter the rest of the body. This means your mouth is a war zone of good and bad bacteria. And if you have more bad (pathogenic) bacteria in your mouth than good, your immune system can be fatally compromised.
The secret to a healthy mouth is in your saliva. What you brush your teeth with makes a HUGE difference in how well your saliva can protect you. Brushing with the wrong products (triclosan, sodium lauryl sulfate, glycerin, artificial ingredients) can prevent your saliva from doing its job.
A healthy habit is to brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day. But what about the other 23 hours and 50 minutes of every day? Have you ever wondered how your mouth stays healthy?
Saliva. The secret is out! Keep your saliva healthy and your mouth will be more resistant to cavities, gum disease, viruses, bacteria, and your internal health will also improve. Healthy saliva and a healthy mouth is the root cause of good health!!
Healthy saliva contains minerals, digestive enzymes (yes, digestion and immunity start inside your mouth), and antiviral/antibacterial proteins.
Here are a few suggestions for maintaining healthy saliva:
If you suffer from dry mouth, here are some herbal remedies to stimulate saliva production. Make sure you stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day.
By keeping your mouth healthy and your saliva flowing, you have a chance to prevent a viral invasion. Coronavirus is only a threat if your immune system is compromised. Since you now know your immune system starts inside your mouth, protect your gatekeeper with the right oral wellness protocol.
Boosting your immune system will help prevent you from getting sick when exposed to viruses and colds... including the Coronavirus.
And that can be as easy as changing the way you brush your teeth – seriously!
The Oral Biome is the front line of your immune system and if you’re using alcohol-based mouthwash or some other toxic sludge for your oral care, you’re at risk of harming the good bacteria that protect you against viruses.
The best way to protect your health is to brush your teeth twice a day. Make this a habit and watch your health improve drastically! Start with my 21-Day Oral Detox Kit!
Are you confused about when to brush, floss, scrape your tongue and apply the gum serum?
Do this first thing in the morning, before taking a sip of water, to detox your mouth of the toxins your body was cleansing while you slept.
Do this before bed to remove toxic waste and food remnants.
Support your immune system and protect your mouth! If you have been considering a teeth whitening system, now is the time. Our LED Teeth Whitening System is peroxide-free.
Peroxide is the main ingredient it whitening gels, strips and dental teeth whitening procedures. Peroxide breaks down gum tissue and caused gum disease. This results in "leaky gums" and allows bacteria, viruses and toxins to easily enter the bloodstream. Peroxide also destroys the healthy, protective bacteria inside your mouth and leaves you at risk of the overgrowth of the harmful bacteria. Lastly, peroxide harms the enamel of your teeth, weakening it over time. Instead, opt for a whitening system that skips the peroxide and uses LED light technology along with activated charcoal, oils, clays and essential oils to whiten the teeth and help protect the gums.
Our LED Teeth whitening system will keep your mouth healthy, support your oral biome and kill disease-causing bacteria while strengthening your gums from infection and your teeth from erosion.
With the news about the Coronavirus spreading across the US, we are selling out of our LED Teeth Whitening systems. A 20-minute treatment 3-4 times a week is my recommendation for keeping your mouth healthy. If you are interested in the LED Teeth Whitener, don't wait long. We will most likely sell out before the virus runs its course!
**All of my dental products are safe for kids of all ages, including the LED Teeth Whitener. My kids use the LED 2-3 times each week and rarely get sick from the cold/flu viruses.
Although there is no known cure for coronavirus yet, we can all take steps to protect our health and the health of our loved ones. If you follow these suggestions to strengthen your immune system and boost your oral health, you can protect yourself against any airborne virus that may come your way.
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