Life is Short, Keep Smiling: Holistic Oral Hygiene
By: Rafia Heerji, HoneyLemonGinger, Holistic Health Coaching
Note: You can visit Rafia’s vendor booth at the Cosmic Yogi Festival to talk with her personally about her healthy holistic options.
Here are some quick tips to have strong, healthy teeth and gums for many years, so you can always keep smiling!
I visited my dentist after 3 years for a cleaning. I was worried that I would hear a lot from him about not coming every 6 months or 1 year. I was sure he was going to tell me that my teeth are really messed up. However, on the contrary, he said to me, your mouth is fresh, your teeth look great and your gums are healthy. He was surprised that I have not had any professional cleaning for 3 years and even then, my mouth and teeth were so clean.
So, what’s the secret?
For the last 3 years, I have added these four routines to my daily lifestyle which simply is the secret for strong gums, strong teeth and great oral hygiene.
Flossing: It is never too late to start this in your life. Before, I hated to floss, but from the day I started, I religiously floss my teeth. Every night before going to bed, I floss my teeth and I saw tremendous benefits. Flossing helps to remove the stubborn food particles that are not removed by the toothbrush. It helps to keep the mouth fresh and clean. Initially, if you haven’t flossed before then your gums might bleed, but the bleeding will disappear in few days. It removes the plaque and helps reduce tooth decay and gum problems.
Tongue Cleaner: As most of us do, I too used to brush my tongue with my toothbrush, but once I started using a tongue cleaner, there was no looking back. My mouth feels fresh all the time. I see my tongue as a doormat… a doormat is where people clean off their shoes and enter into the home, the same way the tongue is the doormat to your gut. If we want our gut to be clean, we need to keep our tongue and mouth clean. A toothbrush alone can’t do it. Gentle scrapping helps with bad breath, improves the tongue appearance and improves overall health.
Oil Pulling: This is originally from India, which is an Ayurvedic oral detoxification technique. Use about 1 teaspoon unrefined, organic coconut oil and swish it in your mouth for at least 1 minute and increase it gradually to 5 to 10 minutes. After 5 minutes, spit it out in a small Ziplock bag and throw it away. If you spit in the sink, your sink will get clogged after some time. Many benefits to oil pulling, improves overall health and oral hygiene, reduces gingivitis, removes plague from teeth and whitens teeth as well. If you have a tooth ache or mouth sores, try oil pulling, it really helps.
Brushing with DIY Mix: I use a pinch of sea salt, baking soda and turmeric every morning on the same brush that I use for brushing my teeth. I fill a small bottle with 1 portion each of these ingredients, mix it well and have it by my sink. Simply sprinkle this mixture on your wet tooth brush and brush for about 1 minute. Rinse and then just brush your teeth normally with your choice of tooth paste. Repeat daily or at least 3 to 4 times in a week. Sea salt is composed of nutrients and minerals that strengthen your gums and reduce the chance of cavities and plaque build-up. It keeps your mouth fresh with no bad breath and whitens the teeth and keeps bacteria away. Turmeric helps gingivitis, gum pain, receding gums and tooth enamel problems. May also help reduced gum diseases, whitens the teeth, and prevent various oral cancers. Your tooth brush will turn yellow, but not your teeth. Amazing!!! As for baking soda, it helps to stabilize pH levels in your mouth, hence making an undesirable environment for bacteria to grow.
Doing all these routines will help keep your teeth and mouth fresh and healthy and, of course, regular visits to the dentist is important and needed too.
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Rafia Heerji, HoneyLemonGinger, Holistic Health Coaching
Certified International Health Coach,CIHC