I really try my best to take care of my teeth and recently I have been trying even harder to do it in as natural a way as possible. I am definitely someone who cant sleep unless they brush their teeth and I love to freshen them up after eating too. I have successfully been without a single cavity for over 11 years and I hope to keep it that way. Here are some tips I have to help you keep your teeth white and strong and keep gums healthy in a more natural way.
1. Oil Pulling
Oil pulling is a great way to remove stains from teeth. It reduces the amount of bad bacteria in the mouth too as the Bacteria that is attached to the teeth get “stuck” or pulled into the oil. This can help with getting rid of plaque and bad breath. All you need to do is get some amazing natural coconut Oil and slush it around in your mouth for 15-20 minutes. If that sounds like a long time do it while you are doing another activity like getting ready in the morning or watching something on Tv.
2. Natural Toothpaste
Believe it or not Fluoride is not as good for you or your teeth as its made out to be. It was originally used in products such as Rat Poison and insecticide. It is a By-product of Copper, Iron and Aluminum manufacturing. Fluoride is believed to strengthen teeth but in too high concentrations it can actually do the opposite. Studies have shown that Fluoride can have harmful effects on the body too and has been linked to incidents of cancer and increased risk of Alzheimer’s. There’s a reason it says do not swallow on the packaging. You can imagine how after years of telling people to use this in their mouths and some governments even adding it to the water system that it might be a little hard for people to finally admit that it’s probably not such a good idea after all. I have been using natural toothpaste every day now and I love it! What’s brilliant is not only do you fight the plaque, freshen breath and whiten teeth you can also eat and drink straight after using it without any horrible tastes because it leaves your mouth with a more natural after taste. Anyone who has ever drank juice after brushing their teeth with “Normal” toothpastes will know what I’m talking about.
There is lots of different varieties if natural toothpastes out their and the one I’m using has baking soda in it which helps me keep my teeth sparkling white.
3. Salt in your wounds
Remember your mother telling you to swish salt water in your mouth to ease pain and if you had a tooth pulled you were told to do the same as it would help healing and ease discomfort. This method has been around for centuries and more recent studies have shown that it is a valid way of killing harmful bacteria in the mouth and as a result can ease swelling. It can also get rid of bad breath. If your sensitive to cold you can also warm the water.
4. Limit Staining
Smoking is so bad! I need not go on. Just don’t do it and if you are doing it find a way to stop! It makes your teeth and fingers horribly yellow and your breath will stink! Don’t just think of your teeth your entire body is damaged by ciggerettes.
Coffee and tea can also stain your teeth, Coffee being the worst of the too so try and limit them or use a straw if possibly. All I can say if you can’t make the effort is that, either you actually care about your teeth or you don’t.
5. Vitamin C
Vitamin C is Vital to Healthy gums. It helps maintain the healthy lining and it strengthens the immune system which means that when bacteria somehow penetrates the lining your immune system will be ready to fight it off. Lack of Vitamin C can cause your teeth to loosen and gums to become infected and painful. Vitamin C is super important for all the connective tissues in the whole body. Healthy gums should be pink in appearance, free from swellings and bleeding. You can take Vitamin C in a supplement form and natural sources include Oranges, Strawberries, mangos and other citrus fruits. You can also get Vitamin C from Bell peppers and Broccoli.
6. Milk it!
Everyone knows them bones need Calcium but so do your teeth. Calcium can help with re-mineralisation and retention of teeth. Your teeth also sit in your jaw bone so it makes sense to make sure you keep this bone strong as you age. Remember that you need vitamin D to absorb calcium so if you cant catch the sun everyday (Probably not if you live in Ireland) then take a supplement.
7. Fizzing over!
Fizzy drinks can erode the surface enamel on your teeth. Not just soft drinks but alcoholic drinks too. They can cause staining and as alcohol is a drying agent it dries out your mouth lowering saliva which is very important for protecting the surface of the tooth. Alcohol and fruit drinks raise the acidity in your mouth speeding up erosion. No amount of brushing in the evening will sort this out either as the damage can be done hours before. Often people who consume alcohol excessively show it in their teeth so try and limit your consumption of teeth decaying drinks and use a straw where possible.
8. Naturally whiten and brighten
Using peroxides and strips can be a quick fix but using them too often can lead to tooth sensitivity, irritated gums and thinning of the enamel. Instead try using baking soda as a milder way to remove surface stains just mix with a small amount of water and apply for 1-3 minutes. You could also try strawberries or charcoal. Yes charcoal, it might make everything black while your using it but when rinsed away is supposed to be a great way to whiten teeth 🙂
Did you know?
Green Tea is wonderful for promoting healthy gums? It is full of antioxidants. These antioxidants called “catechins” which lower bacteria in the mouth. So sipping your green tea can help prevent gum disease.
Well all this talking about teeth has made me really want to go brush them now. I hope you found my tips useful and they help you bring out the sparkle in your smile. Remember that to have healthy teeth and gums it’s not enough to brush them every day you need to eat healthy too. Your teeth and gums require you to feed them from the inside just like your hair and skin.