Tips for Cleaner Teeth & Fresher Breath


Good Oral Hygiene helps ward off harmful bacteria and microbes that may cause tooth decay, bleeding gums, and oral infections.

Daily cleaning of your teeth, gums, and tongue, combined with annual check-ups helps ward off harmful bacteria and microbes that may cause tooth decay, bleeding gums, and oral infections. Proper oral hygiene is also important in helping you stay healthy, especially if you have risk factors such as diabetes and heart problems. Plus, oral hygiene elevates your sense of self-esteem and confidence.

Whenever we eat or drink something that contains sugar or starch, the bacteria use them to produce acids. These acids begin to eat away at the tooth's hard outer surface, or enamel. Increasing saliva in the mouth can help as saliva has an antimicrobial effect, and tooth enamel can repair itself by using minerals from saliva.(1) This helps enamel repair itself by replacing minerals lost during an "acid attack." when acidic foods have been eaten, such as milk, bread, cookies, candy, soda, juice, and many others. Keep in mind, coffee, alcohol and smoking dry the mouth.

Natural remedies to increase saliva and freshen the mouth include chewing on fresh green herbs. The chlorophyll in these green plants neutralizes odors... Here are a few of our favorites to help you with your at home oral hygiene care.

Basil
Is a natural antibiotic that reduces bacteria in the mouth, it also leaves the breath smelling fresh.

Peppermint
Was used by ancient cultures for it's culinary, medicinal and aromatic properties. These herbs provide an array of benefits including anti microbial properties. Peppermint oil extract has been shown to be superior to the mouthwash chemical chlorhexidine in inhibiting the formation of bio-film formations linked to dental cavities.(2) Powdered peppermint leaves have also been used historically to freshen breath and whiten teeth; you can even add a drop or two directly to your toothpaste or rinsing water.

Rinse with Baking Soda
Mix a cup of water with a teaspoon of baking soda (changes the pH level and fights odor) and a few drops of antimicrobial peppermint essential oil. Don't swallow it! (Yields several rinses.)

Parsley
Like other green plants, parsley gets its color from a compound called chlorophyll. This substance has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and helps to neutralize toxins and pollutants you ingest. Chlorophyll is a natural deodorizer. Chewing a small handful of parsley allows you to gain the breath-freshening benefits of chlorophyll.

Fresh Ginger
Acts as an anti-inflammatory to support healthy mouth tissue. Blend or grate a generous piece of fresh ginger with a cup of water and use as a mouthwash. Store in the fridge.

Pears and apples
The natural fruit sugars in these neutralize acid and help build healthier teeth and gums. Chewing them is excellent exercise for the mouth. They're also rich in antioxidants and vital nutrients, too. They also help clear away loose food and debris. Malic acid a component of apples stimulates the production of saliva.

Green Tea
A green tea infusion mouth rinsing, and green tea drinking may provide an extra protection against oxidative stress in the oral cavity.(3) Steep a green tea bag in a cup of boiled water, then cool and use to rinse. (You can make a larger batch and keep it in the fridge.)

Celery
Chew on a celery stick and you can feel it break down into fibrous strands. The chewing action is a little gym-workout for your gums, and the saliva produced in the process cleanses the mouth.

Clove oil
Clove is a time-tested spice that improves oral health. Clove brings relief from the pain of a toothache. If you mix a couple of drops of clove oil in a cup of warm water and gargle with it, you'll do your mouth a big favor-clove oil reduces gum inflammation, zaps away bacteria and freshens breath.

At My Dentist we use a special oral wound dressing post surgery which contains essential oils including, clove. The dressing helps relief discomfort, promote healing, and prevent contamination following any dental procedure. It contains no drugs, has no toxicity or contraindication, and is made from natural food ingredients, with no artificial components. We also have both alcohol and alcohol free mouthwash available for our patients, plus advanced gum and oral health-care products available for home use.


Toothbrushes
Should be replaced every two to three months and after illnesses like a cold or flu. We recommend you soak your tooth brush in hydrogen peroxide after every use to sanitize it.

The ultimate in oral hygiene comprises of your personal home care combined with regular visits every six months for teeth cleaning and checkups.
 

References:


(1) http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/oralhealth/OralHealthInformation/ChildrensOralHealth/
ToothDecayProcess.htm


 

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