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7 Holistic Oral Health Treatments Examined

When you’re in a low-income family, finding affordable dental care can be difficult. However, mouth bacteria does not discriminate by class. Whether you’re low-income or not, your mouth will be home to many microorganisms on any given day. These tiny bacteria live in various locations of our body (our digestive tract is another location), but there are times when these bacteria are both beneficial and harmful. The beneficial variety is known as probiotics. These bacteria help us to digest our food and protect our teeth and gums. Bad bacteria can lead to all kinds of health issues. Bad breath and gingivitis are just a couple of common concerns.

While routine teeth cleanings can be helpful when it comes to good oral hygiene, many people are starting to turn towards holistic dental treatments to safely keep their smile healthy and beautiful. Teeth cleanings can also be expensive and hard to afford when you’re pinching pennies. Here are just a few holistic (and cheaper) oral health treatments that you might find helpful.

Tongue Scraping

Scraping your tongue using a tongue scraper is a quick and effective way to get rid of unwanted bacteria. This is a practice that has long been used as part of a holistic oral health routine. You can get rid of bacteria, food particles, fungus, dead cells, and much more. All of these things are living on the surface of your tongue at any given moment. You will notice your breath is fresher and your gums are healthier as well.

Oil Pulling

You can use your favorite oil to achieve fresher breath and get rid of toxins in the body. Oil pulling is used to pull out toxins by swishing pure oils around in your mouth. You spit out the toxins, and your body is much healthier. Oil pulling can also reduce your risk of gingivitis and cavities, and it has been known to help with inflammation. Coconut oil is a common oil that is used for this process, but there are other oils you can use as well such as sesame oil and olive oil.

Using a Non-Toxic Toothpaste

Toothpaste is an important part of healthy teeth and gums, but the type of toothpaste that you use is incredibly important. If you are looking to live a more natural and holistic lifestyle, you are going to want to stay away from things like sodium lauryl sulfate, triclosan, and sodium hydroxide. These chemicals are dangerous to our bodies. They can even diminish our good bacteria that is living in the mouth. Stick for a more natural or organic toothpaste that comes with beneficial ingredients like eucalyptus, clove, peppermint oil and neem. The fewer ingredients that you find in a product, the safer and better it probably is.

CBD Oil

CBD oil is gaining popularity at a rapid rate these days and becoming a very popular holistic treatment. This cannabinoid that comes from the hemp plant contains many beneficial properties. Aside from taking an oral dose, you can find a number of oral care products that contain CBD. CBD has the potential to reduce inflammation in the body, diminish pain and boost your overall immune function. There are many ways to take CBD oil, with some having better effects than others. Using CBD orally will also translate to better oral health over time as well. It’s a good idea to give your body approximately two weeks before determining if the CBD product that you are using is beneficial. You may have to increase your dose over time if you have started out with something that is very small. Make sure that you do your research to make sure that you are getting a pure and safe CBD product.

Consuming Green Tea

Green tea is extremely beneficial when it comes to boosting your immune system, but it also helps with your oral health when you drink it regularly. Your teeth and gums will become healthier, and you can use green tea to decrease your risk ofdeveloping periodontal disease. Its benefits come from the antioxidants that are present. You’ll want to select a very pure and organic green tea for routine consumption. Loose tea is a great way to reap all the benefits of green tea. It tastes much better than the bagged variety.

Use Neem Oil Products

Neem oil comes from the neem plant, and this oil can be used to clear up infections that are present in your mouth. It does not taste that great, but neem oil can have a great effect on reducing the number of bacteria present in your mouth. If it is mixed into another product, you probably would not even know that it is there in the ingredient list. You can naturally lower your levels of tartar and plaque with this holistic treatment. You can find neem oil separate for oral hygiene use or you can find it in some natural toothpastes. Many holistic products are adding it to their ingredient list.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is another product that you can use tonaturally reduce bacteria counts. It also naturally treats gingivitis and sensitive gums and teeth. You can use a few drops of tea tree oil in your carrier oil of choice if you plan on oil pulling. You can also find it in different kinds of toothpaste and floss products. The tea tree has a very pleasant scent to it. If you’re adding it to your holistic oral health routine, you will have much more pleasant breath throughout the day. Make sure that you choose a high-quality tea tree oil if you will be adding it to your own products. Always stick to a minimal amount of product. Using too much of one essential oil can be dangerous to your health.

It is imperative that we control the bacteria that live in our mouths if we want to keep our teeth and gums happy. It is also important that we have good oral health in order to have a healthy body overall. When we have bacteria in our mouth, this can transfer to our bodies. This can cause issues with our heart, lungs, cause diabetes to develop, etc. We can’t completely get rid of bad bacteria, but we can keep bad bacteria in check. This will help us to live a very healthy lifestyle.

If you’re struggling to put food on the table and keep your family healthy, check out our programs and services. We are happy to help.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
Tim Esterdahl

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