Nourish - Caring for your Teeth Naturally | 6 Tips for Healthy Teeth – Caring from the Outside | Part One
The key to a well-rounded oral health routine consists of a nutrient-rich diet, healing herbs, supportive supplements, healthy lifestyle practices, and natural external cleaning.
To help you care naturally for your teeth from the inside out, I’ve created a three-part blog series to give you the ultimate guide to caring for your teeth in a natural & healthy way, from both the inside and the outside. After all, optimal oral health comes from supporting the body and mouth from the inside and outside at the same time.
Part one will cover oral hygiene self-care practices and products to support a healthy mouth, and part two will be covering food choices and part three will be supplements.
Read on for a comprehensive guide to caring for your teeth in a natural & healthy way with my 6 Tips for Healthy Teeth – Caring from the Outside.
Tip 1 – Oil Pulling
Oil pulling is simply the act of swishing oil (usually Coconut, Sesame or Sunflower) in the mouth for up to 20 minutes first thing in the morning. The oil is pulled back and forth through the teeth and gums, and then spat out.
The oil acts as a powerful cleanser, picking up and drawing out the millions of bacteria and toxins that live in our mouths, cutting through plaque and removing toxins from the body.
Oil pulling is a natural way to clean and detoxify the teeth and gums and even has the added bonus effect of whitening teeth naturally, helping to improve our overall oral health.
I have a whole article here on oil pulling – including what it is, what it can benefit and how to do it.
Personally, I love to oil pull! It makes my mouth feel incredibly clean, plus I’ve experience a decrease in plaque, a reduction in tooth sensitivity and an overall whitening of my teeth.
My current favourite product to oil pull with is Geoorganics Oil Pulling Mouthwash (Peppermint). It’s simply a blend of coconut oil and peppermint essential oil.
Tip 2 – Natural Toothpaste
It’s of no surprise that toothpaste is listed here under natural oral hygiene practices, but let me introduce you to a golden gem of a toothpaste that I discovered 2 years ago.
Geoorganics Activated Charcoal toothpaste.
Geoorganics toothpastes have been developed to clean and remineralise teeth naturally, which is the reason I personally hunted it out. It’s high in key minerals including calcium, potassium, magnesium and natural organic silica. Then I came across the activated charcoal version blended with organic peppermint essential oil, and that was it, I was hooked!
Here’s a little low down on the clean and natural ingredients in the toothpaste and what they’re used for.
Use: as a mild polisher and remineralising agent.
Fractionated Coconut Oil (aka MCT Oil (Medium Chain Triglyceride)
Use: as a natural stabiliser to those products containing virgin coconut oil, to maintain a soft texture even at low temperatures.
Use: as a natural, mild polishing agent and to whiten the enamel without damaging it. Plus due to its highly absorbent properties, this clay effectively detoxifies the mouth removing oils, secretions and toxins.
Virgin Coconut Oil
Use: acts as a natural emollient and humectant, serving as an alternative to synthetic glycerin. Coconut oil helps to reduce oral bacteria, prevent dental decay from forming and helps to prevent plaque-induced gingivitis and tooth decay.
Use: due to the moisturising and nutrient-rich properties of Shea Butter, shea is used here to combat a dry mouth, help maintaining smooth and soft oral tissues, as well as being used to naturally improve the products texture.
Use: helps to effectively cleaning teeth without damaging enamel, works as a mild abrasive as well as a great source of natural silica, essential for tooth strength.
Use: as a polisher and whitening agent. This low-abrasive powder removes tooth stains as well as alkalising the pH in the mouth to promote remineralisation.
Use: activated charcoal is mildly abrasive and has highly absorbent properties making it an effective stain remover. It is also perfect for drawing toxins which can cause bad breath and gum disease.
Use: to give flavour and to avoid using synthetic flavourings. Also acts as a natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory.
Tocopherol – natural vitamin E (Tocopherol)
Use: as an antioxidant in production phase and as a natural preservative to extends shelf-life.
If you want a deeper lowdown, go to Geoorganics website here.
You can use it twice or day, every day, or like me, I just use it once in the morning after my oil pulling and then I use a different toothpaste in the evening. I don’t like to use bicarb too often on my teeth, as although it is gentle, it’s still abrasive.
Then it comes to regular toothpaste. I’ve now come to the conclusion I’m a bit of a natural toothpaste groupie. I love trying and using different natural toothpastes!
Basically you’re going to want to look out for what toothpaste suits your personal needs, whether it’s gentle, whitening, herb based e.g calendula, salt based, remineralising, minty, fluoride free etc.
Tip 3 – Bamboo Toothbrush
Since I’m personally on a plastic reducing mission, I’m all for the compostable, sustainable and environmentally friendly bamboo toothbrush options that are available to us now.
Bamboo toothbrushes are easily compostable, so don’t end up sitting for decades in a landfill releasing toxic chemicals as they decay. Plus they’re much more sustainable than plastic ones. I highly recommend you look into them.
We stock The Environmental Toothbrush which is made of MOSO bamboo, an environmentally sustainable timber, and Geoorganics eco-friendly charcoal toothbrush, made from 100% biodegradable bamboo and with bristles that are infused with charcoal.
Tip 4 – Tongue Scraping
This may be a bit far out there for many, but I absolutely LOVE tongue scraping! It’s an Ayurvedic self-care oral hygiene practice that removes bacteria, food debris, fungi, toxins, and dead cells from the surface of the tongue.
This is a great oral hygiene practice to adopt which promotes tooth and gum health and helps to remove bacteria and toxins that may be responsible for bad breath, plaque build-up, tooth decay, gum infections, and gum recession.
When we sleep, our digestive system remains awake, removing toxins from our body by depositing them onto the surface of our tongue. If you ever have a consultation with an Ayurvedic specialist, the tongue is one of the first things they look at as it can tell a lot about your health.
Scraping the tongue daily helps to remove any build-up on the tongue, plus it’s incredibly satisfying to do!
How to scrape your tongue
Traditionally this Ayurvedic practice is done daily in the morning on an emprty stomach using a long, thin, flat piece of metal that is bent in a “U” shape (aka a tongue scraper).
You can also do it in the evening before bed, and even during the day to help freshen your breath.
Ask in store about ordering a tongue scraper if you’re interested. To get the idea, you can try using the side of a metal spoon which can also be mildly effective.
Tip 5 – Flossing
Flossing helps to remove the bacteria that hides in the tiny spaces between your teeth, and a build-up of bacteria on the teeth or gums can lead to complications such as cavities and gum disease.
We stock AloeDent Dental Floss which is made from shred-resistant nylon floss coated in natural beeswax to help it glide gently between the teeth. There is also added Aloe Vera to soothe your gums and give you a refreshing minty taste.
We also stock Woobamboo floss, an eco-friendly floss made with natural, biodegradable silk.
A water pick or water flossing is an alternative option if regular floss isn’t something that works for you.
Tip 6 – Mouthwash
For further protection against plaque, tartar, cavities, bad breath, discolouration and gum disease, consider adding mouthwash to your routine.
We stock several different mouthwashes, with benefits including plaque reduction, tartar control, antiseptic, whitening and gum strengthening.
Our best seller is Jason Healthy Mouth Tartar Control Cinnamon Clove Mouthwash.
Alternatively you can rinse your mouth with warm sea salt water once a day in order to get rid of any unwanted bacteria, and add a few drops of food grade clove or mint oil if you want to freshen up your breath.
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*Please note that while we are knowledgeable about our products and nutrition, this blog should never be a substitute for medical advice and attention
If you are experiencing any discomfort in the mouth, including teeth pain, bleeding gums etc. please consult your dentist. This information is not a replacement for medical advice.
Please remember that you should always obtain the all-clear from your doctor before starting any new supplement plan or diet if you’re on any medication