What Does Your Dental Health Have To Do with Your Fertility?
This post is a rough transcript from a recent Facebook Live.
My name is Ami Chokshi, and I am a Fertility and IVF Health Coach.
I work with women who are looking to optimize their health through food and lifestyle so that they can get healthy and get pregnant.
And today I want to talk to you a little bit about oral health and the health of your gum and mouth.
And this came up for me recently because I just went to the dentist for cleaning and routine checkup.
I waited a little bit longer than I should have because I’m to go to the dentist.
I’m not scared of the dentist himself, but rather I am scared of what maybe he’ll say to me, like that I need additional dental work.
I also don’t like when they scrape your teeth. It feels like nails run down a chalkboard.
I also had a bit of dental work when I was young, so it really frightened me. At that time,
I had an injury to my mouth and it required a couple of procedures that were really unpleasant.
It made me believe that I would always have issues and dental work at my visits.
So that’s, that’s a little bit about me and why I don’t like going to the dentist.
But what does this have to do with you?
Your mouth is the gateway to your health.
It’s the first place where your food goes. Since your health is most impacted by the food you put into it, your mouth is the first stop and is also gateway to your health.
Any inflammation in your mouth actually can lead to inflammation within the rest of your body.
Since your fertility is a function of your overall health, that inflammation can hurt your chances of conceiving.
I wanted to just give you a quick little glimpse of what I do between visits, so that when I do go to the dentist, I lower the chances of doing any additional work done.
For you, it can mean that you boost your chances of conceiving.
It’s really important when you’re trying to conceive because periodontal disease, gingivitis, and other types of inflammation can actually increase the time to get pregnant.
If you are reading this, you most likely wanted to get pregnant yesterday, so use these tips to help yourself out.
Here is what I did:
Now firstly, I heeded the advice of my dentist and ADA: brush twice a day and floss daily. Actually, I don’t always floss daily, but I should.
On top of that I do something called oil pulling.
You can use sesame oil or coconut oil…I use coconut.
I don’t do it everyday. I tend to do it 2-3 times a week, and this typically coincides with when I wash my hair. That way, washing my hair acts as a trigger to remind me to do this.
I take about 1/3 teaspoon of coconut oil, put it in my mouth, and let it warm up a little bit and swish it around while I take a shower.
At first, it took me a little time to get used to and not gag on it, but now I’m better at it.
The oil pulls out the bacteria from in between your teeth and your gums while decreasing inflammation in your mouth.
For me, it’s been amazing. I haven’t had a cavity in years (but i still have some anxiety about going to the dentist), and I really attribute this oil pulling.
You can do it for five minutes and increase up to 20 minutes. When you are done, be sure to spit it out the oil into the trash because it can clog your drains.
I usually do this in the shower before work and then brush my teeth.
The next thing that has helped me immensely is using a product called Tooth and Gum Tonic. This is an alcohol-free tonic, and it has a bunch of healing herbs and some essential oils.
I take a half a capful and swish it in my mouth. This Tooth and Gum Tonic supports mouth inflammation, keeps my teeth clean, and tastes great too.
I worry less about issues with inflammation, including gingivitis, periodontal disease, and cavities too. Which for For me, this means less anxiety at the dentist, less scraping, not to mention fewer shots and drilling.
For you…this means much more. Fewer dental issues means better chances of getting pregnant. For men, it means better sperm quality.
To summarize, boost your fertility by boosting the health of your mouth…
(1) See your dentist twice a year, brush twice a day,
(2) Floss daily,
(3) Consider oil pulling, and
(4) Rinse with Tooth and Gum Tonic 2-3 times a week.
Let me know how it goes!