Dr. Kourosh Maddahi Shares How a Healthy Oral Microbiome Can Help Defend Against Infection

Leading Beverly Hills Dentist Reveals Top Tips for Protecting the Oral Microbiome and Improving Immune Response

Many people are looking to enhance their immune systems with the hopes of preventing infection. Beyond hand washing and not touching the face, premiere Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist and the creator of Lumineux Oral Essentials™ , first ever certified not toxic, clinically proven full line of oral care products, is sharing his top tips for staying healthy and keeping the mouth’s microbiome healthy during the current pandemic and beyond.

“Our microbiome consists of trillions of bacterial cells that live all over and in our bodies, including the mouth,” explains Dr. Maddahi. “One of the main functions of our microbiomes is to protect us from illness and infection. In fact, this microbiome is your first line of defense against illness, even before the immune system. This is why, especially now, it's important we protect and maintain a healthy microbiome.”

1.    Choose alcohol-free oral care products that are microbiome safe. Alcohol mouthwashes and antimicrobial toothpastes are formulated with the intention of killing the bacteria that causes gum disease and cavities. However, 98 percent of the bacteria in the mouth is actually beneficial. Instead, Dr. Maddahi recommends using a microbiome safe mouthwash and toothpaste, such as Lumineux Oral Essentials™, which are designed to neutralize the toxins of the harmful bacteria, without disturbing the protective microbiome of the mouth.

2.    Eat a healthy diet composed of organic and antibiotic-free foods. A nutritious diet not only benefits the gut but also the mouth, according to Dr. Maddahi. The presence of antibiotics and/or pesticides in foods will contribute to the death or damage of healthy oral bacteria that is protective against illness and infections.

3.    Aim to keep oral inflammation at a minimum. Practicing good oral hygiene habits, such as brushing and flossing twice daily, using a microbiome safe mouthwash and toothpaste, and scheduling regular dental cleanings, will help keep oral inflammation at bay. Without added inflammation to fight, the immune system has a larger capacity to ward off more serious illnesses and infections.

4.    Avoid acidic or carbonated beverages. Consuming acidic or carbonated beverages, like apple cider vinegar or sparkling water, can disrupt oral microbiome health and erode enamel over time. If you’re consuming apple cider vinegar or lemon and water regularly, make it is diluted with water and/or use a straw. 

5.    Protect against dry mouth. Saliva acts as a natural (and microbiome safe!) antibiotic and defense mechanism in the mouth. However, Dr. Maddahi warns certain medications, such as some antidepressants and heart prescriptions, as well as various lifestyle habits, like vaping, can contribute to dry mouth. He recommends using a hydrating mouthwash that will naturally moisturize oral tissues and encourage healthy saliva flow to better protect against illness.

To learn more about Dr. Maddahi and his microbiome safe oral care products, please visit https://oralessentials.com.

Source: Dr. Kourosh Maddahi

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