Dental care is the maintenance of oral hygiene and healthy teeth. We all need to keep our mouth and teeth clean in order to prevent cavities, gum disease and other dental disorders. Going to the dentist is not cheap. It is therefore a good idea to prevent dental problems as much as we can before they appear.7
Below you will find natural dental care tips that will help you to maintain a good oral hygiene and will protect your teeth:
1. Be sure to use toothpaste that contains aloe vera which has many healing properties. Similar to its use on skin, the aloe vera in tooth gels is used to cleanse and soothe teeth and gums, and is effective to fight cavities.
2. Prefer toothpastes containing vitamins and minerals such as Q10 and vitamin K. These vitamins strengthen the immune system and help the body overcome tooth decay. Coenzyme Q10 helps fight periodontitis which starts as an infection at the edge of the gums. The infection then advances down into the narrow pocket between the gum and neck of a tooth. Studies in America and Japan have shown that progress of the disease can be slowed down or even stopped by Q10. vitamin K is important for bone and tooth development and maintenance.
3. Drink green or black tea (without added sugar or aspartame). Consumption of these teas reduces accumulation of dental plaque and bacteria in the mouth and helps prevent tooth decay.
4. Use Neem. Neem is an ideal herb to prevent tooth decay. Neem bark and its leaves have active ingredients that has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It strengthens the immune system and the body’s resistance to tooth decay. You can consume it as a supplement in capsules or to brew from it as a tea. There are also toothpastes containing Neem extract that are recommended. It has been proven that applying 1 g Neem gel extraction on the gums reduces plaque more effectively than industrial mouthwash.
5. Look for dental products containing coconut oil. Ancient Ayurvedic medicine used coconut oil as a mouthwash. Coconut oil functions as a natural antibiotic, and it has been found that it can fight the streptococcus bacteria that cause tooth decay.
6. Consume large amounts of calcium-rich foods. Calcium is the basic material that neutralizes acid and helps prevent tooth decay. Be sure to consume calcium-rich foods of plant origin (green vegetables, tahini, sesame seeds) but avoid large amounts of dairy products, as they contain phosphorus that prevents the absorption of calcium in the body.
7. Limit the consumption of processed foods, simple carbohydrates and sugary foods: When you eat food containing sugars or carbohydrates, the dental plaque breaks down the sugar creating acids. These acids can dissolve the tooth and create cavities in it. Beware especially of sticky snacks or sweets (such as hard candy, sweetened peanuts or dried fruit). If you do eat these foods, you’d better brush your teeth immediately after eating.
8. Avoid drinking sugary drinks as much as possible: sugar-sweetened beverage consumption (both natural fruit juices and sugar-sweetened beverages) increases the production of acid in the mouth by bacteria, and causes the appearance of tooth decay.
9. Avoid carbonated drinks: studies have shown that people who consume carbonated drinks are at higher risk of developing tooth decay and cavities not only because they contain sugar, but mainly because acids are proven to break down the enamel of the teeth, weakening them and increasing the risk of decay.
10. Drink water: as opposed to sweet drinks, water doesn’t harm the teeth and helps to wash the food that remains on them.
11. Increase the consumption of fruits and vegetables: they contain a lot of water and are a great substitute for candy, snacks and other harmful sweets.
12. Avoid smoking: studies have shown that smoking causes tooth decay (and even tooth loss) because it prevents the blood supply to the gums.
13. Brush your teeth at least twice a day, after breakfast and dinner, in order to remove food residue. Brushing helps to remove plaque from the tooth surface and reduces the level of acidity in the mouth.
14. Clean between your teeth as well: in addition to brushing your teeth with a brush, it is recommended to use a dental floss to clean between the teeth to prevent food from sticking between the teeth resulting in a favorite area for bacteria.
15. Visit your dentist at least once a year. You might want to ask your dentist to perform preventive care of sealing grooves in your children’s teeth if necessary. This treatment is simple, performed at the clinic, and aims to prevent cavities appears deep in grooves of the teeth.
16. Go to a dental hygienist at least once a year to remove plaque and to get tips on proper teeth brushing.
17. Keep your toothbrush clean. Bacteria, which are a major cause of decay and cavities, can develop on the toothbrush. Clean once a week your toothbrush by putting it in boiling salted water for about a minute.