When it comes to our teeth, most of us could do a little more. Heck, the majority of us could say that about anything when it comes to health. But, teeth are often a primary source of neglect due to our dislike for dentists. How often do you try to forget about them between those annual checks? Most of us ignore niggles, stains, and swellings far more than we should.
In truth, though, this ignorance is the main reason those visits are such a source of anxiety. It’s possible that seeing the dentist wouldn’t be a trauma at all if we looked after things. We’d be our dentist’s favourite patient, and face no work to speak of. Bliss.
The good news is, it’s never too late to get into this habit. If you improve your care routine now, your dentist could still come around to you. Even better, many of these improvements are often simpler than we think. Brushing better is always a goal to aim for, of course. It’s also worth cutting out bad habits. Replace smoking with the latest e-liquid alternatives, and swap the wine for something a little less damaging. Then, head to your kitchen cupboard and give these natural remedies a try.
It’s everywhere at the moment, and it should be in your mouth too apparently. Oil pulling has been around for centuries and is even described in some ancient Indian texts. Yet, it’s made a significant reemergence recently, with the world going wild for coconut oil pulling. In this practice, you melt a tablespoon of oil (any type works) in your mouth and swirl it around for 5-20 minutes. Then, you spit it out, rinse, and brush. Doing this once a day is thought to have many benefits for gum and tooth health, as well as helping to whiten your gnashers. Bear in mind that it’s crucial to brush straight after. The main reason this works is that oil draws out harmful bacteria. You don’t want those crawling around in your mouth for too long afterward!
Green tea is also worth a mention here. It’s good for us in every way, so is it any surprise that it can help our teeth, too? Mainly, green tea can have a positive impact on periodontal health. This is thought to be due to catechin, which can reduce inflammation in the body. Periodontal disease is a chronic inflammation. So, it makes sense that those who drink green tea on a regular basis are less susceptible.
Apple cider vinegar
While not quite as stylish as coconut oil, apple cider vinegar is another thing which seems to appear often. And, rubbing small amounts on your teeth can act as a natural whitener, as well as cleansing your teeth and gums. Bear in mind, though, that apple cider vinegar is incredibly acidic. We all know that acid and teeth aren’t a good mix, so much like with coconut oil, make sure to clean thoroughly after this practice!