A Holistic Approach to Dental Care

Stephanie Ferrera is a guest contributor from www.TopDentists.com, the dental resource site of Everyday Health.

Theres lots of amazing things you can have done to your teeth these days, and its no wonder that many celebrities have cosmetic dentistry in hollywood to achieve ‘perfect teeth’. 

However, if you dont have that kind of budget there are some natural and inexpensive things you can do to help the health of your teeth and gums.

Brushing Your Teeth

A choice for a majority of people is to turn to the pharmacy and grab a regular tube of toothpaste. If you’re choosing to take a different approach to how you care for your mouth, try looking in your kitchen and medicine cabinets! It’s essential to brush your teeth two to three times a day (the best times being after you eat and before bed) regardless of your method.

Mixing baking soda and hydrogen peroxide is a great alternative to toothpaste, but make sure not to swallow. If you‚ are looking for a refreshing minty taste, you can add peppermint oil to your homemade mixture. Sea salt combined with peppermint oil and baking soda also makes for a great holistic solution.

Another alternative to store bought toothpaste is to use a dry toothbrush on your teeth. Regardless of which of these methods you choose, always make sure to use a soft bristle toothbrush and brush into your gums diagonally.

Mouthwash

My grandmother always told me vodka was a great way to get rid of a sore throat (it does help!), but another use is to boil alcohol with water for mouthwash. Mix equal parts vodka and water and peppermint and myrrh essential oils. The peppermint oil helps give your mouth that refreshing, clean minty feeling while the myrrh helps combat gingivitis, mouth ulcers and spongy gums.

Freshen Your Breath

Green tea works wonders for your mouth! Not only does it give you powerful antioxidants that ward off free radicals that can lead to cancer, but it helps to freshen your breath. This beverage, warm or hot, helps reduce plaque formation as an added bonus.

Chewing on mint, parsley or anise seeds is a holistic alternative to breath fresheners as well. You can even add some mint leave into your green tea. If you are looking to chew on something a little more familiar, chewing gum that contains xylitol works to prevent cavities and tooth decay.

Watch Your Diet

Choose foods that are high in calcium, vitamin D and vitamin C. These three essential vitamins help benefit your body from head to toe–and your mouth in between–so make sure to load up on cheeses, yogurt, strawberries, oranges, mushrooms and eggs.

Limiting your sugar consumption is probably one of the best things you can do to help improve your oral health. Also stay away from low-carb diets, which can negatively affect your mouth and choose whole grains and healthy carbs instead.