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THIS WEEK ON WHAT’S THE JUICE PODCAST

If you’ve listened to What’s The Juice before, then I KNOW you’ve probably already thought about how you would answer the second of my opening questions, “What would you title the current chapter of your life?” 

I was just having a conversation with a friend about this exact topic the other day and my answer is “learning how to be human”. I know I’m not alone when I say that life has thrown me some serious curveballs this year and I’ve been dedicating so much of my energy to just trying to keep up.

One thing I’ve been researching like crazy is oral hygiene. While I’ve always been diligent about brushing, flossing, tongue scraping, etc., I’m completely fascinated by what I’ve learned about the oral microbiome and its effect on our entire bodies.

Most of us are taught to brush 2-3 times a day and floss regularly, but what we aren’t told is the whole story on WHY these practices are so important. Taking care of our mouths is more than just protecting our smile… it about boosting our immunity, protecting against autoimmune conditions, and preventing infection.

You’re probably going to want to brush after this one! 

LET’S GET JUICY

Dr. Victoria Sampson and I first connected through Instagram and I knew right away that we were going to get along! We’re totally on the same page when it comes to oral hygiene and the microbiome.

As we learned in my chat with Dr. B, the oral microbiome directly impacts our gut health. But did you know it also affects our lungs? If we have dysbiosis in our mouth, we are at risk of spreading that harmful bacteria to our lungs simply by breathing. Poor oral health could cause bacterial overgrowth in the lungs, especially if we’ve contracted a virus that is distracting our immune system.

Dr. Victoria’s Research (and Recs)!

Dr. Victoria is breaking new ground in this research study published on nature.com. She’s conducted this study with three hospitals in the UK. Her research will be the first and biggest trial on oral health and COVID, and may provide new information that will change the way we prevent and treat respiratory viruses. 

In the meantime, it’s SO important that we all do everything we can to care for our mouths. Fortunately, proper oral care is inexpensive, relatively easy, and doesn’t take too much time. 

Daily Practices for Oral Health:

  • Brush 2-3 times a day with a remineralizing toothpaste (do NOT rinse after!)
  • Floss once a day
  • Gargle with saltwater

I hope you enjoyed this episode and are showing your mouth the love it deserves. As always, stay juicy!

Xoxo,

Olivia

FIND DR. VICTORIA ONLINE

Dr. Victoria on Instagram: www.instagram.com/drvictoriasampson

*If you live in the UK, DM her for an appointment!

Send Dr. Victoria an email: [email protected]

Recent Publication: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41415-020-1545-3

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