You want healthier gums and teeth, but you do not want to use synthetic commercially made products. What do you do? It turns out that you can take care of your oral health naturally without resorting to spending a lot of money. Here are seven ways to get the healthy pink gums and clean teeth you want.
1. Brush Vigorously
For this tip, you do not need anything more than what you already have – a toothbrush. Now that fancy toothpastes are available everywhere, it is easy to rely on them to do the work for you. However, if you take the time to clean your teeth properly, it matters a lot less what you use to clean them. Brush vigorously for at least two and a half minutes before you put down your toothbrush.
2. Make Your Own Toothpaste
If you do not want to use commercial toothpastes, you can always make your own using simple ingredients you can find on your grocery store shelves. Here are a few simple ideas for homemade toothpastes.
- Baking soda, sea salt, essential oil and water.
- Coconut oil and baking soda.
- Vegan toothpaste – vegetable glycerin, guar gum, baking soda, essential oil and water
3. Use Essential Oils
Research shows that using specific essential oils can improve your oral health in several ways. To use them, you can add them to toothpaste or mouthwash you make at home. Here are five of the most beneficial.
- Peppermint oil – kills bacteria that thrive in the low-oxygen environment of your mouth.
- Myrrh oil – heals mouth sores, soothes gums and increases the blood flow to your gums and mouth tissues to keep them healthy.
- Cinnamon oil – fights tooth decay and gum disease.
- Spearmint oil – antiseptic that can soothe your gums and destroy germs.
- Clove oil – soothes, heals and relieves pain in the teeth and gums.
4. Drink and Swish with Green Tea
You might have already heard that drinking green tea can help you lose weight. Did you also know that it works well to improve your oral health? It helps prevent your teeth from eroding and keeps starchy foods from decaying your teeth. Swish with it like mouthwash or simply drink more of it.
5. Take Vitamin D
Taking an ordinary Vitamin D capsule can prevent gum disease and kill bacteria in your mouth. If you prefer to get your vitamins the natural way, you can eat foods rich in Vitamin D such as salmon, tuna, Portobello mushrooms, egg yolks or beef liver. You can also get your daily dose of Vitamin D by taking a spoonful of cod liver oil. And do not forget to get out into the sunshine as often as possible.
6. Eat More Pineapple
Pineapple has an enzyme in it called bromelain. This enzyme removes stains from your teeth. You can also whiten your teeth considerably by eating plenty of crunchy fruits and vegetables.
7. Try Oil Pulling
Oil pulling is a practice that comes from ancient times. All you need to do is wait until morning, before you have eaten or drunk anything. Measure out a tablespoon of sunflower or sesame oil and place it in your mouth. Swish it around for 15 minutes. As the oil moves through the vacuum of your mouth, it gets deep around the roots of your teeth to remove food particles and bacteria.