Like I wrote in the first post of - Your Health Starts from Your Mouth, I promised to go over more specifically some natural alternatives and options to improve your oral health.
Of course first and foremost it’s important to get your teeth checked and cleaned by dentist or a hygienist, use a soft toothbrush that doesn’t harm your gums and floss everyday.
Here I have listed 10 ways to naturally take care of your oral health.
1. Vitamin C
Vitamin C deficiency can lead to gum disease. Our Bodies use vitamin C for tissue repair and growth and as an powerful antioxidant it protects us against different infections. It’s always best to get your vitamin C from food and eat a variety of vitamin C rich vegetables and fruits and when you use supplements go for whole food based options.
I can recommend Madre Labs Vitamin C Complex Powder (picture above) and Acerola powder. You can either mix them with water or add into your smoothies. Even when I eat lots of berries and vegetables those powders are on my daily routine.
2. MSM – Methyl Sulfonyl Methane
MSM, a natural form of sulphur, according to some studies has helped improving gum health by reducing periodontal disease. Our bodies use sulphur to build up connective tissue. MSM is best taken with vitamin C and you can also brush your teeth with MSM powder.
3. Vitamin D
Studies have shown that gum health was better among people whose vitamin D-levels were higher. This may be caused because vitamin D reduces the inflammatory response which causes also periodontal disease.
4. Salt Water
You can also make a solution from salt to rinse your mouth. Warm salt water kills harmful bacteria and reduces swelling of your gums.
5. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is a natural antibacterial and anti-fungal and is great for your gums. It can be used as a base for self-made toothpaste with baking soda, essential oils and stevia. If you suffer from gingivitis in addition to using coconut oil in your toothpaste it’s good to massage to your gums after brushing.
6. Oil Pulling with Coconut Oil
When you swish coconut oil in your mouth for 15-20 minutes the oil separates bacteria from your teeth and suspends it in the oil. Discard the oil which is now full of toxins and bacteria and rinse your mouth with water. Oil pulling improves your oral health by diminishing bleeding gums, tooth decay, and gum disease.
Herbs like licorice root, amla, and bilberry are very effective for your oral health. You can use them both internally and as a mouth rinse. Amla rebuilds your oral health, licorice root has antibacterial effects and it reduces cavities and plague, and bilberry strengthens your gum tissue.
8. Essential Oils
Essential oils like tea tree, clove, thyme are antimicrobial and can be used as a mouth rinse when mixed with warm water. They can also be added to your (self-made) toothpaste. Be sure not to swallow them and don’t use if they cause you an allergic reaction. Test always on your skin before you use it for rinsing.
9. Manuka Honey
Manuka honey can be also used for your gum health. It has antimicrobial activity and has been “proven to be as good as the standard antiseptic phenol.” Some studies have also shown that against some bacteria Manuka has been more effective than hydrogen peroxide.
10. Stress Reducing
And last but not least, reduce your stress levels. Stress causes us to secret chemicals that promote and maintain inflammation in our body. Take time for yourself and try to minimize your stress levels by meditating, sleeping well and doing whatever helps you in that respect.
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