Healthy Teeth the Natural Way

Hi beauties!

Today’s guest post is about attaining healthy teeth through natural means….it’s so important to have a healthy smile and realize the health of our teeth has a huge impact on our overall health. Enjoy the post and the fabulous DIY tooth care recipes Jennifer gives you!

At the end of the post, I also reposted a video I did a few years ago on my own homemade tooth powder recipe (you can tell this video is old because I had short, brown hair! :-)

How do you care for your teeth naturally? Please share in the comments below!

by Jennifer Vishnevsky

Holistic dentistry is gaining in popularity as an alternative to traditional products. While regular dental checkups and maintenance are supremely important to your health, you do have some natural options for dental care.

You may have heard some controversy surrounding fluoride. The American Dental Association continues to endorse fluoridation of community water supplies as safe and effective for preventing tooth decay. However, many practitioners believe that fluoride is toxic and does not decrease tooth decay.

Whatever your position, if you’ve made the choice to eliminate fluoride, you can still protect your teeth. Fluoride-free natural toothpaste is sold at natural food stores and is increasingly available at many major chains. You can also make your own toothpaste by mixing baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. Make sure that you do not swallow this mixture. Dry brushing is another option to clean your teeth.

DIY Mouthwash & Breath Freshener Recipes

After a lifetime of brushing, you’ve probably become accustomed to the taste of minty toothpaste. If so, you can mix 1/2 cup baking soda with 1 teaspoon of sea salt and add a few drops of wintergreen or peppermint oil. Mix the solution and store it in a sealed container for up to three weeks.

To freshen your breath, consider chewing on parsley, mint leaves or anise seeds. You can also mix clove oil and olive oil to naturally freshen your breath. If you’re looking to create a mouthwash, here’s one recipe. Mix one teaspoon each of rosemary, peppermint and lavender. Mix the herbs well and then place one teaspoon of the mixture in a cup of boiling water. Steep for 15 minutes and then strain. Cool and use as a mouthwash.

Green tea has been used for years as an alternative to typical mouthwashes. The tea’s natural antioxidants create an effective oral rinse that’s completely safe and all natural.

Remove Tartar the Natural Way

Concerned about removing tartar? Take lemon rind and rub your teeth and gums. Your diet can also help maintain your oral hygiene. Cheese contains natural cavity-fighting agents, as well as vitamins to strength the teeth and enamel. Also, don’t forget the produce aisle! Crunchy vegetables, like cauliflower and broccoli, can help clean gums.

Natural Teeth Whitening

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Strawberries are yummy AND have tooth whitening power!

Is it time to brighten your smile? Strawberries are a natural bleaching agent. They can remove surface stains and clear away plaque. A crunchy apple can also act like a toothbrush as you chew it. Apples can help remove excess food and bacteria.

For a whitening home remedy, try mixing a little bit of baking soda with lemon. The paste will bubble slightly. Wipe your teeth clean before you apply the mixture for a minute. Gently brush it off with a toothbrush.

About the Author: Guest blogger Jennifer Vishnevsky is a writer for Top Dentists, an Everyday Health website, as well as other lifestyle media sites.

 

Robin started her career as an educator of children and has now become an educator for adults everywhere who want to know the truth about what they put into their bodies through the skin. She is passionate about educating people to make better health and beauty choices.
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  • http://ecofriendlyhomemaking.com Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking

    This is a wonderful post. We love making our own toothpaste.

  • http://holisticvitalityeducator.blogspot.com/ Jane Hash, CNHP

    This is an excellent post! Thank you for writing it. I make my own mouthwash as well. Incorporating a little tincture of oak bark can also help tighten up the gums!
    Jane Hash, CNHP´s last blog post ..Introduction to Lavender

  • http://www.toxicbeautyblog.com/about?rel=author Natural Organics

    Hi Jane,

    Thanks…that’s an awesome tip! It’s so funny that this guest ost came along because I was looking for some great DIY mouthwash recipes.

    -Robin

  • http://preventingcavities.com/control-acidity-and-reverse-tooth-decay/ Preventing Cavities Naturally

    Great post! I really like all the natural / organic recipes you have listed here, and I have actually tried a number of them. However, I wouldn’t advice using strawberries to whiten teeth. Strawberries are acidic with a 3.0 to 3.9 pH. Acids cause the teeth enamel to erode and will lead to tooth decay. This is precisely the reason why it’s a bad idea to keep eating candies and sugars and sweets, because these are broken down into acids when ingested in the mouth, and will eat away at the tooth enamel.

  • http://thecellardoor-x.blogspot.co.uk/ Laura

    Wow, this is so interesting, thanks for such an informative post!
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  • http://smilesinsaskatoon.ca/ Saskatoon Dentist

    Excellent Tips and ideas. I guess even oranges helps in teeth whitening.Thanks for the valuable post.

  • http://smilesinsaskatoon.ca/ Saskatoon Dentist

    Thanks for the informative post. Really a good one.