How to Care For Your Mouth Beyond The Dental Chair.

The Foundations

Shannon Korczynski

6/16/20244 min read

When it comes to maintaining oral health, the focus often lies on routine dental check-ups and treatments. However, true dental wellness is deeply intertwined with overall health. The absence of disease or obvious symptoms, or a consistent workout routine doesn't necessarily mean we are truly healthy. Adopting a holistic approach to oral care involves integrating various aspects of our daily lives to ensure a healthy mouth and overall well-being. This post explores how home care, coupled with foundational health practices, can contribute to a radiant smile and a vibrant life.

Home Care: The Daily Rituals

Brushing, Flossing, and Tongue Scraping:

Regular brushing is crucial for maintaining dental hygiene. Using a natural, fluoride-free toothpaste and a soft-bristled brush can help maintain clean and healthy teeth. Brush for at least two minutes, twice a day. Brushing in the morning reduces the bacterial load and toxins accumulated during sleep, while brushing at night helps remove food particles and bacteria before bedtime, when saliva production decreases and potential sleep issues can create an environment conducive to dental problems. While flossing is a common recommendation, it's not the only way to maintain oral health. Alternatives like brushes that go between the teeth and water flossers can be more effective for some people. Tongue scraping, done each morning, is vital for reducing bacteria and supporting overall health, as the tongue is a detox pathway connected to our organ systems.

The Foundations of Health: A Holistic Approach


A well-rounded diet of whole foods and nutrients from real, minimally processed ingredients is essential. According to Weston A. Price's research, foods high in essential nutrients such as leafy greens, fruits, nuts, seeds, ferments, and animal products from properly raised sources are crucial. Specific genetic issues and sensitivities should be considered to support individual health needs. Limiting sugar and processed foods is critical as they can contribute to dental decay. Maintaining an oral pH of 6.4 ensures optimal upper digestion, emphasizing the importance of a balanced pH over simply avoiding sugary and acidic foods. Probiotics can also support oral health by reducing the risk of infections.


Staying hydrated is crucial for maintaining saliva production, which naturally cleanses the mouth and neutralizes acids. Drinking plenty of filtered water throughout the day helps wash away food particles and bacteria, helping in reducing the risk of cavities and gum disease. Hydration can also be achieved through a diet rich in water-containing foods, supplemented with sole water every morning and electrolytes and trace minerals throughout the day. We are energy beings and therefore require hydration for our bodies to function optimally.


Adequate sleep is vital for overall health and well-being. During sleep, the body undergoes repair processes, including the regeneration of gum tissue. Establishing a regular sleep routine and ensuring a restful night’s sleep can positively impact oral health. The horary clock, based on Traditional Chinese Medicine, can assist in optimizing the body's detox and rest periods by aligning activities with the natural energy flow through the organ systems. For example, the liver detoxifies between 1-3 a.m., and the lungs detoxify between 3-5 a.m., highlighting the importance of good sleep during these times. Addressing sleep disorders such as upper airway resistance and sleep apnea is crucial, as they can contribute to systemic inflammation, increased epigenetic risk factors, and bruxism.

Spiritual Practice:

Engaging in spiritual practices such as meditation, prayer, or mindfulness can reduce stress and promote a sense of inner peace. Stress is a known contributor to various oral health issues. Cultivating a calm and centered mind supports a healthy mouth. Spiritual practices help individuals connect to their deeper needs and purpose, fostering a sense of fulfillment and contentment. This connection can reduce reliance on external validation and marketed products, leading to a more authentic and satisfying life. Building a supportive community of like-minded individuals also enhances this practice, providing a network for growth and encouragement. Psychoneuroimmunology research highlights how mental and emotional states can impact physical health, including oral health.


Exposure to natural sunlight is essential for vitamin D synthesis, which aids in mineral absorption and overall health. Spending time outdoors and soaking up the sun can strengthen teeth and bones, contributing to a healthier smile. Sunlight has been unfairly demonized, but it is truly healing. It's not the cause of many diseases; instead, chemicals from sunscreens and tainted food sources hinder the body's ability to utilize sunlight for recharging and healing.


Regular physical activity promotes overall health, including improved circulation and immune function. Exercise helps reduce inflammation and supports the body’s natural healing processes, which are beneficial for maintaining healthy gums and teeth. Additionally, physical activity is a mood booster and helps move stagnant lymph, which can lead to various health and mental health issues. Exercise also helps regulate blood sugar levels, which can impact oral health.

Rest and Relaxation:

Taking time to rest and relax is crucial for reducing stress and allowing the body to heal. Incorporating relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, yoga, or spending time in nature can improve mental and physical health, including oral health. True rest and relaxation go beyond sitting on the couch or scrolling through social media. It's about resting from artificial light and EMFs, sitting in silence to reconnect with your higher self, and experiencing the oneness of all that is.

Reducing Stress:

Chronic stress can negatively impact oral health by weakening the immune system and increasing the risk of gum disease. Stress also reverses the natural flow of dentinal fluid, which can lead to cavities and other dental issues. Finding effective ways to manage stress, such as through hobbies, social connections, or professional support, can help protect your oral and overall health. Stress isn't just external; it involves identifying sleep restrictions, trapped emotions, and more. Addressing these can significantly reduce stress and improve overall health. Mindfulness and meditation can specifically help reduce the risk of periodontal disease.


Caring for your mouth beyond the dental chair involves a holistic approach that integrates home care routines with foundational health practices. By focusing on nutrition, hydration, sleep, spiritual practice, sunlight, exercise, rest, and stress reduction, you can support not only a healthy smile but also a balanced and vibrant life. Remember, a healthy mouth is a reflection of a healthy body and mind. Embrace these holistic practices to nurture your oral health and overall well-being.

By adopting these practices, you can create a life that supports not only your dental health but your entire being. Your journey to holistic wellness is a continuous process of learning, adapting, and growing.

Let's continue this journey to holistic dental wellness together!