According to WebMD, “Tartar (forms) below and above the gum line. It is rough and porous and can lead to receding gums and gum disease.” All human beings should make it a high priority to properly care for their mouth, teeth, and gums; doing so will help combat bad breath, gum disease, and tooth decay. What’s more, poor oral hygiene can lead to many other serious health issues:
-2010 research from New York University revealed a connection between gum inflammation and Alzheimer’s disease.
-Harvard University found a connection between gum disease and pancreatic cancer.
-Numerous sources have found a correlation between dental hygiene and heart disease.
Bacteria mixes with foods and proteins to form plaque, and when plaque hardens it transforms into tartar. In order to avoid accumulating tartar, be sure to brush your teeth properly:
–Brush thoroughly twice per day.
–Utilize an effective brush. Battery-operated and electric toothbrushes are better.
-Use proper technique. Hold the brush at a slight angle and brush all chewing surfaces (and your tongue).
–Maintain your brush. Always rinse and store upright.
–Replace your brush. Do this every 3 or 4 months.
In order to avoid ingesting chemicals, consider making your own mouthwash and toothpaste at home. To find out how, please read the following list which covers this and other natural concoctions.
#1: Anise, mint oil, lemon, water.
Fill a glass with water, mix in a few drops of each ingredient. Rinse. Do this 4 or 5 times each day.
#2 Rosemary and mint.
Fill a pot with water, mix in ½ cup rosemary, 1 cup of fresh mint, 2 cups of water. Bring the water to a boil, add mint and rosemary. Leave for 15 minutes, then drain. Rinse your mouth with the concoction when it cools.
In a pot, mix in 7 tablespoons (tbsp.) of coconut oil, 7 tbsp. baking soda, essential oil (tea tree oil and clove essential oil is best), 1 ½ tbsp. of Stevia. Mix until paste has consistent texture, and use every day in place of store-bought toothpaste.
#4: Coconut oil.
In a glass, swish around a couple of tbsp. of coconut oil, enable mix to melt for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse with mixture once per day.
#5: Oil Pulling.
Oil pulling is an ancient technique that a 2015 study in the Nigerian Medical Journal supports: oil pulling with coconut oil combats plaque formation. Swish 1 tablespoon of extra-virgin coconut oil in mouth for 15 to 20 minutes, spit out, don’t gargle, brush your teeth. Repeat every morning before eating.
Guava has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties which reduce swelling and pain in the gums. According to a 2014 study in the International Journal of Current Microbiology and Applied Sciences, guava leaf extract reduces the adhesion of early plaque. Wash tender guava leaves, chew them, spit out. Repeat daily.
#7: Aloe Vera.
As per a 2014 study in the Journal of Oral Health and Dental Management, aloe vera combats plaque and gingivitis quite well. Slit an aloe vera leaf, extract the pulp, rub it on your teeth and gums, leave for 10 minutes, rinse with cold water. Use 2 times per day.
#8: White vinegar.
A 2014 study in the International Journal of Advanced Health Sciences indicates that white vinegar dissolves plaque dextran well. Mix 2 teaspoons of white vinegar and 1 teaspoon of salt in ½ cup of warm water. Rinse your mouth with this a couple times per day.
#9: Orange peels.
Rubbing orange peel on your teeth helps combat tartar building microorganisms on enamel. What’s more, you can mash the peel and apply it to stained areas in order to remove the stains.