Oral health can sometimes be neglected even by those who try to lead health-conscious lifestyles; this is unfortunate, because problems in the mouth like gum disease or cavities or other issues can affect the functioning of organ systems as well and lead to serious, long-term health problems such as systemic infections.
Regular dental visits are of course one of the main contributors oral health. For those who like home remedies, however, the good news is that DIY oral health practices abound. There are many ways in which it is possible to keep the mouth health and happy in between dental visits and below are some natural therapies to consider if the goal is good oral health.
If a tooth is throbbing or sore, it will be necessary to call the dentist and make an appointment to make sure there is nothing serious like an abscess going on. However, in the meantime, there are several natural remedies to help ease the pain and discomfort of a toothache, including the following:
- Oil of clove is a long-time remedy for toothache, due to the soothing, numbing effect it can have on sore gums; to use, simply apply a few drops to the fingertip and rub gently onto the affected area.
- Peppermint essential oil is also a natural analgesic and can quickly ease pain when applied topically to the gums. It can also be used, diluted in water, as pain-relieving mouthwash.
- Turmeric powder can also be applied to the gums; this helps not only relieve pain but its anti-inflammatory properties reduce gum swelling as well.
Gingivitis is a very common disease effecting the gums which leads to symptoms like discomfort, irritation and swelling. Fortunately, there are also several home remedies which can help treat this problem as well, including:
- Sage, which can be made into a tea and gargled for a natural and delicious gingivitis treatment; to make the tea, simply add a few tablespoons of the chopped leaves to boiling water and let it steep, then strain and gargle with it once it has cooled off.
- Myrrh. which can be made into a mouthwash by adding 30-60 drops to a cup of water, then swishing and spitting it out at least once a day.
Instead of reaching for gum or mints to treat bad breath, cure it naturally with any of the following remedies, which target the bacteria in the mouth that cause the problem to begin with.
- Chrysanthemums are not just beautiful fall flowers! They can be made into a mouthwash by soaking the plant in boiling water, then straining and using the resulting liquid as a mouthwash daily.
- Tea tree oil’s natural anti-microbial properties can be harnessed to combat bad breath as well by diluting several drops of the oil in a glass of water and using it to gargle.
So try these natural treatments at home. It will cut down on overall trips to the dentists by keeping the teeth and gums healthy and maintain good oral help between cleaning visits so that chances of gingivitis and other conditions are greatly reduced.
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