11 Easy Tips for Natural Tooth Care

How to keep your teeth clean and bright and your breath smelling sweet? Regular brushing and flossing are essential, of course, but there’s even more you can do. Whether you’re stuck in a situation where you have no toothbrush nearby or you’re coping with a crisis of ache or infection until you can get to the dentist, here are 11 non-toxic, natural tooth and mouth care tips. (NOTE: These are intended as supplements to, not substitutes for, routine dental treatment.)

  • Drinking plenty of water is an inexpensive, readily available way to rinse your mouth. Water removes leftover particles of food and stimulates saliva production. Skip the lemon though, as its acidic nature will help cause cavities. Sports drinks, “enriched” with both acid and sugar, are even more dangerous. Can’t give up flavored water? Add zest to plain H2O with a drop or two of citrus oil, which does much less damage.
  • Herbal, red, white, or green tea is also a good after-dinner palate-cleansing drink. Green tea, with its polyphenol compounds, tends to be especially effective at the inhibition of bacterial growth. Black tea offers a mixed bag of effects – while it will curtail plaque development, it tends to stain the teeth.
  • Remember that old chestnut about chomping on crunchy fruits and veggies if you can’t get to your toothbrush? This does help remove food debris and keep the saliva flowing. Just be sure, though, that the produce you reach for has been cut into bite-size chunks (to avoid cracking your pearly whites), won’t get stuck between your teeth, and is relatively low in acid.
  • Although a high acid content in foods and beverages can wear away your tooth enamel, ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) tablets which are swallowed will help prevent gingivitis (gum disease) and edentulism (tooth loss).
  • To sweeten your breath, chew on a cinnamon stick for its bacteria-busting essential oil (helpful, too, for anyone who’s trying to quit smoking or nail biting – two habits that are harmful to your teeth) or a few sprigs of parsley, for its chlorophyll content.
  • Suck on a whole clove as an inexpensive, easily available measure to lessen the pain of a toothache. Of course, this must be followed up with an emergency dentist visit ASAP.
  • Aloe vera gel is also reputed to be healthy for the gums and may be applied in small quantities if you have an inflammation. Be warned, though … natural aloe gel is extremely bitter tasting.
  • Unscented olive oil soap can be used as a non-toxic way to clean the teeth.
  • Newly back in fashion, oil pulling – that is, swishing the mouth with a teaspoonful of unrefined vegetable oil such as olive or coconut for 20 minutes – stems from an ancient Ayurvedic practice. This method of cleansing is said to benefit oral and dental health in numerous ways – whitening the teeth, lessening sensitivity, alleviating bad breath, and reducing the mouth’s bacterial content. Just be sure to spit the used oil into the garbage, not down the sink or toilet. Otherwise, you might end up needing a plumber to clear your drain.
  • Chewing gum sweetened with inositol (an inert sugar-like substance) does not promote tooth decay like sugary gums do. In fact, it has the opposite effect – it actually destroys oral bacteria.
  • Last but not least: Treat your hard-working teeth with the healthy respect which they deserve. Trying to open that last pistachio nut with your teeth is just not worth it. I know … believe me, I know.

By Laura Firszt, Networx.

Related:
Oil Pulling for Oral Health: Why & How it Works
The Best and Worst Ways to Treat a Toothache

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Akruti R.
Akruti R.1 years ago

The leading dental care professionals from Dentzz, one of the leading dental clinics in India, recommend certain steps for dental care which include:

Get your teeth regularly checked by the dentists. Regular dental check-ups can help in early detection and treatment of problems, if any, which can help hugely in avoiding many health issues which the individual may later face.
Regular brushing and flossing is one of the main key steps to alleviate dental issues. It is important to brush properly and thoroughly so all the tartar, plaque and bacteria can be rooted out from the system, helping avoid further health issues. This also would reduce bad odour produced in the mouth.
Use the right toothbrush with the right bristles, in order to avoid bleeding of gums.
Use the right tooth paste with gentle ingredients that suit your oral hygiene requirements.
Use a good mouthwash. It would help not only in escaping from the bad odour, but also helps kill the bacteria and prevent further growth of bacteria.
Have a good healthy diet, avoiding sugars and starches since these foods produce the most amount of acid in the mouth, which tend to stay in the mouth for longer and which can lead to damage of teeth.
Rinse your mouth after every meal that you eat, in order to cleanse out the food particles that remains
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Dianne D.
Dianne D2 years ago

I like the tea after meals idea. It takes me about 30 - 45 before I feel satisfied after eating and perhaps sipping on tea will help me to stop eating.

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Christopher H.
Christopher H.2 years ago

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Serge D.
Serge D.2 years ago

I'm glad the article mentions drinking lots of water. I used to get a lot of cavities because I was a big time soda drinker. When I realized that the habits were directly related, I started drinking more water. As mentioned, getting the right vitamins and minerals is very important for your dental health as well as your health overall. Thanks for the article!
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Jane R.
Jane R2 years ago

Oil pulling helps with: "whitening the teeth, lessening sensitivity, alleviating bad breath, and reducing the mouth’s bacterial content."
Mary B., it does not help relieve pain.
I've tried this with coconut oil. It has a pleasant taste, but 20 minutes is an awful long time. You have to swish gently to keep it from getting too foamy. You can do this while on the computer, reading a book etc. so it's not keeping you from other activities.

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Magdalena J.
Past Member 2 years ago

Thank you!

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