Taking care of your teeth goes far beyond simply having a bright smile. Good oral hygiene and oral health go hand in hand with your overall health. Achieving oral health is really about promoting balance among the bacteria in your mouth. Contrary to popular belief, antimicrobial agents and alcohol mouthwashes designed to 'kill bad bacteria' actually do far more harm than good! Inflamed gums can result in tooth loss, while if you take good care of your mouth as a whole, you can reduce the risk of further damage and possible disease and infections.
Luckily, there are a few simple home remedies to whiten your teeth, make gums stronger, improve overall gum health that you can try today:
How to take care of teeth and gums at home
• Oil pull with coconut oil
• Eat fermented vegetables such as sauerkraut
• Eat an alkalising, antioxidant-rich and anti-inflammatory diet high in organic vegetables and some fruit. Be mindful that too much fruit can be acidic to your teeth.
Also, supplementing with plant based vitamin C and Coenzyme Q10 can be beneficial as well as a number of homeopathic tissue salts, including:
• Calcarea fluorica (calc fluor) or calcium fluoride
• Calcium phosphate
• Calcium carbonate
Homemade whitening toothpaste with coconut oil
Another way to look after your gums is to use a toothpaste made from natural ingredients. Or, you can make your own homemade toothpaste! Simply mix:
• About 1/2 cup coconut oil.
• 2-3 tablespoons of pure baking soda, preferably from a health food store
• enough liquid stevia to make it taste good. Start with a few drops, then taste
• 15-20 drops of peppermint or cinnamon essential oil.
Benefits of oil pulling with coconut oil
Oil pulling has been used for many years in different cultures as an Ayurvedic way of maintaining gum health and whitening teeth naturally. It simply is swishing approximately 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth for 20 minutes. This can be done whilst getting dressed, having a shower, feeding the cat, preparing breakfast, or anything that you're doing at home!
When you're first starting out, you may want to try it for just five minutes at a time. However if you have more time and want even better results, you can go for 30-45 minutes. This process allows the oil to 'pull out' bacteria, viruses, fungi and other debris from your mouth. Once the oil turns thin and milky white, you'll know it's time to spit it out. The best time to do oil pulling is in the morning before eating breakfast, but it can be done at any time of your day.
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