Anyone in your family have to have cavities filled? How about your kids? If you and your family are anything like mine, going to the dentist can be somewhat of a daunting task. Many people ask me about natural ways to improve their teeth and gums, here are my top four.
To start, according to the Journal of Bacteriology, our mouth contains over 600 groups of organism that constantly are affecting our teeth, gums, tongue, inside of mouths and the rest of the body. It is how we take care of what is called the oral microbiome (the collective of these 600 groups) and making sure those bacteria are working for you instead of against you can have a profoundly positive effect on not only your oral health, but the health of your whole body.
Here are my top 4 natural ways to improve your teeth and gums
1: Oil Pulling- Bring out the Coconut Oil
Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic dental technique from India that involves putting a tablespoon of oil in your mouth, swishing it around for 15-20 minutes then spitting it out. This action is known to draw out toxins in your body, primarily to improve oral health but also to improve your overall health.
I recommend using coconut oil and adding in essential oils that challenge bad bacteria and protozoa in the mouth.
My favorites are tee tree oil, eucalyptus, and lavender because they are known to soothe the gums and challenge the “bad guys”. Clove oil can also be used for mouth pain.
Also, always use a tongue scraper before oil pulling to clean bacteria from the tongue first. This is much more effective than just brushing your tongue.
2: Use a Waterpik
Using a waterpik at least twice weekly (especially for inflamed gums or gums that bleed with flossing) will go a long way to remove bad bacteria that causes gingivitis from the gum line in a way that brushing and flossing cannot do.
You can fill your waterpik halfway with lukewarm water and you can use a capful of hydrogen peroxide or 10 drops of colloidal silver to rinse away debris or harmful bacteria.
The most effective technique is to spray gums in between each of your teeth for approximately 5 seconds per tooth.
3: Recolonize Your Mouth
It’s not all about killing the bad guys when it comes to good oral health. We need the good bacteria to colonize and stay in the mouth so they can protect us against foreign invaders when they try to enter.
Use a probiotic rinse (make your own with 1 capsule of probiotics opened into room temp water and swish for 30-60 seconds) or eat fermented foods at least once daily, and chew them slowly and very well.
4: Salt Water Gargle
One of the many magical uses of good quality salt is the reduction of gum inflammation and bacteria in the mouth.
As Dr. Mercola states:
“Our American forefathers cured meat by soaking it in brine and hanging it up to dry. The primary function of the brine was to kill bacteria. Millions of people have helped to cure oral abscesses, gum boils, etc., by simply rinsing several times a day with warm salt water. The warm water along with the salt helps to pull “fluid” out of the gum tissue, therefore reducing swelling, alleviating pain, and killing harmful bacteria.”
Other things you can do to reduce gum inflammation are:
1: Use aloe vera gel to soothe gum inflammation and help with gum recession by rubbing it along the gum line of all teeth before you go to sleep at night or even using it in a nighttime tray.
2: Quit coffee and opt for green tea instead. Green tea contains catechins, one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory antioxidant known to soothe the gums. When you sip it, swish and swirl it around your mouth and teeth.
3: Consider Supplementing
Co-Q10 (300mg daily) and liquid silica (30 drops in water once a day) are two supplements that can be used to repair gum tissue from recession due to teeth grinding or over brushing.
Note: you must get to the root cause of recession and if it is because of a bacterial or protozoa infection, you must address that first or concurrently to heal from the root cause.
Brush your teeth lightly (it helps to use only two fingers to hold your toothbrush) and use a soft toothbrush, don’t floss too hard, and hug the tooth when you floss versus jamming the floss into the gums.