If your teeth and gums are having problems, it’s a reflection of something wrong in your body and means you will have to step in and take action on your own. What you do every day makes a bigger difference for your teeth and gums than a dental appointment every six months.
Here are five ways you can improve your gums at home in between cleanings:
1. Try an ancient dental trick
Ancient people used sticks to clean their teeth long before dentists formed their profession. These weren’t any old sticks; they were sticks from plants that had antibacterial activities against mouth bacteria that causes cavities such as Streptococcus mutans. The best stick to use is licorice sticks. Simply chew on them until there’s no more stick left. It’s edible.
Note: Licorice is not for those who have high blood pressure or kidney disease or adrenal disorders.
2. Make your own toothpaste
Making toothpaste is as easy as mixing three ingredients together – coconut oil, baking soda and an edible essential oil. These ingredients feed your gums and don’t deposit any toxic substances into the gums.
You’ll notice your mouth feels healthier and is healthier – and it doesn’t take too long!
3. Oil Pulling
Oil pulling is an Ayurvedic health remedy. All you need is 100% coconut oil, which is available just about everywhere. Simply get a teaspoon of coconut oil and place it into your mouth and swish it around for one minute, then another minute. Swish it hard so you essentially are “pulling it” through your teeth.
Coconut oil is antimicrobial, and the fat in it will nourish your gums. Spit out the coconut oil that has accumulated the toxins in your mouth. Rinse your mouth afterwards.
4. Nourish gums with food grade diatomaceous earth
Food grade diatomaceous earth is dietary silica, one of the nutrients that has been depleted in the soil. You can read all about it at www.earthworkshealth.com
This is one of the most nourishing substances for your gums, as your gums are connective tissue, which needs silica. To use it, mix 1 heaping tablespoon with water into a paste consistency. Pack it into your gums overnight after you brushed your teeth. Your gums will absorb the diatomaceous earth.
One woman did this and had been scheduled for gum transplants. She used the diatomaceous earth overnight and went to her dentist the next day. He said he had never seen such improvement!
5. Use a water pik
Professional dental hygienists recommend using a water pik, which shoots pressurized water directly at the gums, once daily. Patients with gingivitis can clear up this issue by using the water pik. In six months, gum health will improve drastically with regular water pik usage.
Don’t depend only on tooth brushing and flossing. It’s not enough.