Caring for your teeth naturally will not only help to keep them looking bright and healthy, but natural remedies and solutions are also a lot more cost effective. There are many natural tooth remedies that you have right in your kitchen, and you can use them on a daily basis in order to cleanse and protect your teeth. Some of them include, cold-pressed oils, sea salt, baking soda and certain spices. Even though those remedies are inexpensive, they are just as beneficial as any commercially produced product.
It is important to brush and floss your teeth regularly, however, the key to good oral health is to have good overall health. The reason being is that many diseases, such as parasites, sinus problems, bulimia, heart problems and problems in the blood, can all contribute to dental problems. Therefore, taking care of the rest of your body becomes just as important as caring for your teeth.
A Healthy Diet
A healthy diet that consists of fresh fruits and vegetables is one of the best ways to promote good overall health. All green vegetables are safe and encouraged in large amounts on a daily basis. Sweet fruits, on the other hand, should be avoided in high quantities because they are high in sugar, which can damage the teeth.
Highly acidic foods, such as lemons, should also be kept in small amounts because the acids can erode the enamel.
Other foods that can wear the enamel down include soft drinks, refined sugar, apple cider vinegar and pickles.
Plenty of Fluids
Plenty of fluids are very important as well. They keep the body well hydrated, which then increases the production of saliva. Saliva is necessary for removing harmful bacteria in order to prevent tooth decay.
In addition, if the saliva is pH balanced, it can help in remineralizing the teeth. A healthy pH is obtained from consuming lots of green vegetables and other plant-based foods. Lots of fluids and avoiding acid-forming foods also help to balance the pH.
Note that some foods, such as tomatoes and lemons, are acidic, but have an alkaline effect on the body. Therefore, they are excellent foods for helping to restore a healthy pH.
Brushing is good as long as you use a substance that will not harm the teeth. Bentonite clay has been promoted as being a good base for making a homemade toothpaste. Other things that you can use are essential oils, aloe vera gel, arrowroot powder (as a thickener), cinnamon powder, black walnut powder and baking soda. Baking soda is erosive and therefore, should only be used on occasion to help whiten the teeth.
The best toothbrush to use is one with soft bristles as it is gentler on the teeth. For best results, brush at least twice a day in order to prevent a buildup around the teeth. It is a good idea to brush the whole mouth, including the cheeks and the roof of the mouth. You can also brush the tongue, but if you have a tongue scraper you can use that instead.
Flossing is just as, if not more important, than brushing because it allows you to go into the crevices between the teeth and gum lines where the saliva can’t get to. You can floss as often as needed, but once a day is usually enough in order for the teeth to be healthy.
Sea Salt Water Rinses
Sea salt water rinses are very beneficial for several reasons. One is that the salt contains natural minerals, which can help to neutralize acids as well as to remineralize the teeth. Thus rinsing with salt water after a meal is better than brushing because it’s not as harsh on the enamel.
Another benefit of rinsing is that it helps to eliminate the bacteria that cause bad breath. Rinsing at night and in the morning will help to solve that problem.
Oil Pulling is another great way to promote healthy teeth. The oil helps to loosen plaque and whitens the teeth naturally. It also cleans the mouth by drawing out heavy toxins, thus promoting a fresher breath. If you’re unsure about trying this technique, consult someone like Palm Court Dental Pediatrics for some dental advice.
The thing with oil pulling is that it might have some negative effects at first, especially if the body is acidic. However, if oil pulling is continued, the problems will go away. One of the first negative effects that you might experience is a lot of phlegm that comes up immediately after. The more phlegm that comes up, the more toxins are released.
Another problem that you might encounter is tooth sensitivity. This is caused by all the acidic toxins that are pulled to the surface. Rinsing with salt water afterwards can help to neutralize some of those acids in order to avoid sensitivity.
Oil pulling also brings out heavy metals, which can temporarily stain the teeth. It may sometimes result in a dark discolored line along the gum line. These lines are unsightly, but they do go away with time and proper tooth care.
Oil pulling works best when done in the morning on an empty stomach. A small amount of oil is taken in the mouth and swished around the teeth for 10 to 20 minutes. There are many oils that can be used. My personal favorite is sesame seed oil, but you can also use coconut oil, sunflower oil, or any other natural and cold-pressed oil. The key is to stay away from the cheap hydrogenated oils.