The modern routine for tooth care includes brushing your teeth, giving them a good floss and finishing off with a commercial mouth wash. In fact, advertizing for mouth washes has been so successful that sales of the same have increased in leaps and bounds in recent years.
But have you ever given any thought to what you are putting in your mouth when you carry out this daily routine?
There has been a growth in alternative natural types of toothpaste as consumers become aware that commercial brands may contain toxic chemicals, artificial sweeteners, artificial colorings and the now discredited fluoride. In fact, instructions on commercial toothpaste packaging warn against "swallowing toothpaste"
Apart from the toxicity of fluoride, it ‘fills in’ holes in teeth and bones before the body has an opportunity to correct the holes with proper minerals meaning it actually creates weaker teeth and bones. Make sure to brush with fluoride-free toothpaste and use filtered water with fluoride-eliminating filters.
While there is no harm in flossing your teeth gently and regularly, the non waxed type is the better choice. A water pik can also be useful to carefully remove any food particles as well as the bulk of the bacteria present on the surface of the gums and margins next to the teeth.
is an ingredient found in some mouthwashes. Unfortunately it can kill bacteria that help the blood vessels relax while other ingredients include alcohol
(dries the mouth and disrupts the natural pH of the mouth), sodium saccharin
(sweetener, carcinogen, linked to bladder cancer in animals), artificial colors
, benzoic acid
(preservative and antibacterial agent, linked to allergies and asthma), and Poloxamer 407
(a detergent linked to high cholesterol in mice).
Many mouthwashes have a warning label that reads along the lines of “keep out of reach of children. If accidentally swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away
Consider changing to a more natural way of looking after your teeth...
Our earlier post
will help you join a a growing band of knowledgeable consumers who are turning away from commercial brands of toothpaste because they have become aware how they are loaded with toxic chemicals. A simple homemade tooth paste can be made by mixing coconut oil, baking soda and a couple of drops of peppermint oil. Add 1 to 2 drops of tea tree oil to your homemade toothpaste to benefit both your mouth and gums and avoid plaque build-up or gingivitis.
This is a simple and inexpensive way to whiten teeth and freshen breath too while possibly improving a number of health conditions ranging from eczema to arthritis through its effect on oral bacteria. If you can imagine a car engine and how oil lubricates and cleans the engine for so many miles before being changed, then in the same way oil pulling works in our mouths. The oil in the car engine picks up dirt and grime so that when you drain the oil, it pulls out the dirt and grime with it, leaving the engine relatively clean so that the engine runs smoother and lasts longer.
Swishing an edible oil in your mouth for 15 to 20 minutes before spitting it out can have a very powerful cleansing and healing effect by detoxifying or cleansing the body. It can help those with asthma, allergies, chronic fatigue, diabetes, migraine headaches, arthritis, PMS, chronic skin problems as well as dental problems in the mouth. Full information here
Homemade mouth wash
You can make your own mouth wash with these three ingredients: 1 ½ to 2 cups filtered water; 1 tsp baking soda; and 2 drops peppermint essential oil (from a high quality source so that it is safe to put in the mouth). Combine the ingredients into a glass bottle or jar and keep handy in your bathroom to use after you eat something sugary or whenever your breath needs a little freshening!
Finally, change your soft toothbrush regularly but in between keep it clean by soaking it in a capful of hydrogen peroxide once a week to kill off any bacteria that can accumulate in and on the toothbrush.