Natural Tooth Cleaner

No single change adds on more years to your face than losing your teeth. The concavities caused by missing teeth can change your normal facial structure to an extent that you could be difficult to recognize. You wouldn't want to be seen without your teeth, would you? So make sure that you aren't. The solution lies in regular, meticulous, oral hygiene.

Keeping your teeth clean and oral hygiene are most important preventative measures, if you want to keep your teeth life-long. Brushing keeps tartar away, and reduces bacterial action. Saline and baking soda natural mouthwashes kill bacteria in the mouth, strengthen the gums, and help keep your breath fresh.

Here are some everyday tips to avoid bad breath:

  • Eat regular meals to avoid bad breath (which can be caused
    by bacteria that build up in the stomach between meals).

  • Brush your teeth after every meal. Don't give plaque an indefinite
    number of uninterrupted hours to multiply.

  • Brush your tongue, palate, and gums as well as your teeth.

  • Floss your teeth at least once a day, preferably before going to bed.

  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep your mouth well hydrated.

  • Use a soft tooth brush with rounded all-natural bristles.

  • Brush with small circular movements, NOT with a sideways action.

  • Spend at least 2 minutes brushing. Most people brush too little.

Natural cleansers have been known to mankind throughout history. In India, twigs of the Neem tree are chewed at one end until they splay out to form natural tooth-brushes. Neem is known for it's curative and anti-septic properties. Anise, or aniseed, is commonly used as a mouth freshener (this explains why a bowl filled with anise seeds is often offered to you as you leave an Indian restaurant).

In ancient Athens, fenugreek was made into a brew to keep the breath fresh. The American Indians rubbed sage leaves on their teeth for its dual effect as a whitener as well as a mouth freshener. Strawberries are another popular natural tooth cleaner, widely used in Sweden. A freshly halved strawberry is rubbed over the teeth and gums. Strawberries are known to whiten teeth and also to remove plaque. Norwegian farmers use liquid whey as a gargle. In Canada, studies have shown that dairy products like milk and cheese help prevent cavities. Cheddar cheese, especially, which contains concentrated amounts of the minerals, calcium and phosphorus found in milk, is reputed to lower the formation of cavities caused by white sugar by 56%. Dried orange rind, and walnut bark, are other natural tooth whitening agents.

Teeth can take on a yellow tinge as a result of plaque buildup; an accumulation of debris formed when proteins and bacteria interact with saliva. It hardens fast, if not removed from teeth within three to four days of formation, and is difficult to get rid of. This is why regular visits to the dentist, which includes a professional cleaning session, are a must.

An effective natural method, promoted by Paul Keyes, D.D.S.,of the National Institute of Dental Research, combined salt, baking soda and hydrogen peroxide as a mouthrinse for regular mouth maintenance at home. In fact, we use this method ourselves. Baking soda acts as a dentrifice -- it provides enough scouring action to remove plaque, but is not abrasive enough to remove the enamel. In addition, it neutralizes the acids, formed in the mouth, that can corrode tooth enamel. The hydrogen peroxide, which should be used in a highly diluted form, has a bleaching action on the teeth. A very effective regimen for maintaining teeth whiteness is to first soak your toothbrush in diluted hydrogen peroxide, and then dip it in baking soda before brushing.

Roshmi and I have been using the salt-and-baking soda routine for years, but occasionally had the problem of bleeding gums. A few months ago, we came to know about an all natural cleansing agent, a TOOTH SOAP! We have now been using this formulation for 3 months, and are totally converted. It took a few days to get used to the unfamiliar consistency, as it comes in the form of shavings in a jar, instead of the normal paste out of a tube. But, never have our mouths felt fresher than they do now. One doesn't have the stale, early-morning mouth when one gets up! And many dental problems disappear. Just read some of the glowing testimonials on the website. This product has our highest recommendation.

A mouth and gum related problem, known as Peridontal Disease, is now the subject of great concern. Statistics show that 75%-95% of adult Americans suffer from it. This insidious disease has the potential to mysteriously bring on heart disease, diabetes, respiratory illness, osteoporosis, pre-term or low birth weight delivery, and stroke. Its treatment often requires surgery to enable the dentist to reach down below the gumline to remove tartar. The simplest surgical treatment could be 'gingiva flap surgery', during which tiny incisions are made in the gums around the neck of the tooth to allow the gums to be pulled away from the tooth, so that the dentist can clean the surfaces of the tooth's root. Not a particularly pleasant procedure.

More complex procedures can extend to bone graft and bone regeneration.These are trauma-ridden, expensive procedures which are best avoided. The best you can do for yourself, is to avoid major treatment altogether. And you can do so by taking the most elementary precautions which include regular and consistent dental hygiene.

No single change adds on more years to your face than losing your teeth. The concavities caused by missing teeth can change your normal facial structure to an extent that you could be difficult to recognize. You wouldn't want to be seen without your teeth, would you? So make sure that you aren't. The solution lies in regular, meticulous, oral hygiene.


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