How to Take Good Care of Your Teeth Naturally

How to Take Good Care of Your Teeth Naturally

Posted by WOODRUFF FAMILY DENTISTRY on Oct 6 2021, 08:04 AM

Experts in holistic dental care will tell you that your oral health is dependent on the food you eat and the nutrition you absorb from it. By adopting healthier and more natural practices in addition to brushing and flossing, you too can strengthen your teeth and gums.

To learn more about how to take good care of your teeth naturally, contact Dr. Timothy C. Woodruff at Woodruff Family Dental in Jonesboro, Arkansas. 

Natural or Holistic Ways to Care for Your Dental Health

Use Natural Ingredients
  • Several natural agents have antiseptic and antibacterial properties that are beneficial for oral health. For example:
  • Neem or Indian lilac twigs can help ease gum and tooth pain and freshen your breath 
  • Cinnamon oil and extract help stimulate blood circulation in the gums
  • Clove is a natural analgesic that eases toothaches and prevents bad breath
  • Peppermint is a natural antioxidant that inhibits bacterial growth in the mouth and also helps prevent gingivitis
  • Tea tree oil prevents dental plaque thanks to its strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties
Oil Pulling

Oil pulling is an ancient practice with numerous health benefits including preventing dental caries, whitening the teeth, maintaining oral hygiene, removing toxins, reducing the effects of gingivitis, and strengthening the jaws.

It is an easy practice that you can include in your daily routine. 

Take a tablespoon of any organic cold-pressed edible oil such as coconut oil, sesame oil, or sunflower oil and swish it around in the mouth for 10 to 20 minutes. Then, spit it out, rinse your mouth with clean water, and brush your teeth. 

Adequate Nutrition

Prevention is better than cure. This universal formula also applies to taking care of your oral hygiene.

Here are some simple steps that can help your oral health in the long run:

  • Include fermented foods rich in probiotics such as yogurt, kimchi, kombucha, cottage cheese, fermented cod liver oil, and raw apple cider vinegar in your daily diet. These foods help prevent periodontal disease.
  • Foods rich in vitamin K2 such as cheese, chicken, and egg yolk can help keep the oral microbiome in check, prevent cavities, and remineralize the teeth.
  • Avoid sugary treats and chewing gum.

Natural Pain Relievers

Use the following natural ingredients to relieve toothaches:

  • Clove and rocksalt
  • Pepper (a pinch) in clove oil
  • Bayberry paste in vinegar

For more information on caring for your teeth naturally, contact Dr. Timothy Woodruff at (870) 972-8190 or visit our dental clinic at 2800 Enterprise Cv, Jonesboro, Arkansas 72401.

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