Natural Ways to Boost Your Oral Hygiene

Keeping a healthy body is not as simple as it used to be. Even if you keep a good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing regularly you still can be vulnerable to bacteria and toxins which we are exposed to everyday. However it is recommended to avoid chemicals and unnecessary chemicals and synthetic products that may harm you even more. We are already exposed to a lot of synthetic and toxic material everyday, therefore, we should try and use biocompatible materials and non-toxic remedies for curing our oral cavity ailments. We should try and eliminate the risk of mercury poisoning and risk of fluoride-related disorders.

If you intend to keep yourself healthy following ideas can help you out:

Mercury filing removal:

Liquid mercury was used as filling / dental amalgam for years but it has been declared extremely dangerous for health therefore its use has now been restricted. It was found that patients having silver filings were susceptible to disorders and chronic illnesses. Those who already had silver filings are trying to get them removed and resort to natural non-toxic alternatives.  Removing mercury filing is very tricky and dangerous therefore it is recommended to consult a renowned dentist you can trust to perform the procedure to avoid unnecessary exposure to mercury vapor and hence avoid complications that could arise from its exposure to human body.

Oil Pulling

Different sorts of oils have been used for healing for centuries. As the oils are natural therefore they usually don’t have any side effects apart from those that may be due to certain allergies to certain individuals. Recently some practitioners have rediscovered some of the old practices that may be used for improving oral health. Oil can be used to detoxify the body specially the gums and teeth. Oil pulling is safe, inexpensive and natural way to remove bacteria hence reduce risk of oral, infection, tooth decay and development of gum diseases.  Usually coconut oil or sesame oil is used to perform oil pulling.

Oil pulling is very simple to perform and has the following steps:

  1. Pour 1-2 table spoon of sesame or coconut oil in your mouth and keep it in for a few minutes for it to melt down and cover your gums.
  2. Move the oil across all gums and teeth for 20 minutes.
  3. Spit the oil and saliva in your mouth in to a garbage can / disposable container as spiting it in sink may cause blockage.
  4. Remove the remaining oil in your mouth using warm water and spiting it in the garbage can / disposable container.
  5. Brush your teeth and don’t forget to floss.

Tongue Scraping

A lot of people have a misconception that oral hygiene is limited to teeth and gums. Maintaining a clean and healthy tongue is also very important.  Tongue can become a safe haven for bacterial growth if not properly cared for. Using a tongue scraper regularly to clean the tongue is the most effective and least costly way of maintain the oral health. It has many benefits as well some of which are as follows:

Preventing cavities and reducing plaque: Having pale yellow teeth due to plaque is not something anyone would want similarly no one likes cavities. Using a tongue scraper reduces the levels of plaque and cavities in the mouth.

Reducing bad breath: A clean tongue means there are no volatile sulfur compounds (VSC) which cause bad breath. Hence tongue scrapers help you avoid bad breath.

Increasing cardiovascular and respiratory health: If anyone in your social circle has had heart bypass you could he would tell you that before the bypass doctors asked for his/her dEntist approval for the surgery. Research has revealed that there is a strong connection between oral health condition, heart diseases and respiratory infections. Therefore maintaining a clean tongue helps us avoid dental problems hence the risks associated to heart and respiratory diseases.

Natural Diet

One of the most effective way of avoiding oral diseases is to eat healthy. Avoiding junk foods, carbonated drinks and alcohol reduces the chances of getting an oral health problem