As we age, we realize just how important it is to take proper care of our teeth. It’s true that our mouth changes as we grow older and our teeth become less sensitive to cavities. However, it’s important to understand that tooth loss is preventable, even though we tend to think otherwise. While we all want white teeth and a healthy mouth, regular brushing and flossing may not be enough. With that in mind, we’re listing four natural alternatives that’ll make your teeth more resilient. Take notes!

Use topical treatments, oil pulling, or a mouthwash to fight gingivitis

Even though it’s highly preventable, gingivitis is one of the most common dental issues. The initial stage of gum disease, gingivitis comes in the form of swollen, inflamed gums that often bleed while brushing the teeth. When left untreated, it can result in tooth loss and a number of serious health problems. Because of its anti-inflammatory effects, turmeric gel is often used in home remedies. Simply apply the gel to the surface of your gums and leave it on for ten minutes, then rinse with water and spit out. You can also treat gingivitis with homemade herbal mouthwash for gingivitis made from aloe vera, sage, guava leaf, tea tree oil or lemongrass oil. Last but not least, oil pulling has proved to be an effective way of combating bacteria and plaque, and you can use either coconut oil or Arimedadi Thailam, an Ayurvedic oil.

Rely on essential oils and herbs to treat receding gums (periodontitis)

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Another common oral health issue is periodontitis or receding gums. When not treated on time, periodontitis will progress and damage your teeth and bones in the process. However, when treated in its early stages and followed by proper oral hygiene, the damaging effects of periodontitis can be stopped. Using essential oils is an effective way of preventing the growth of bacteria inside the mouth, especially oils derived from herbs such as thyme, eucalyptus, tea tree, and peppermint. You can also use aloe vera gel and apply it on your gums to treat the inflamed area or mix hydrogen peroxide with water to make a mouthwash you’ll gargle carefully.

Combine natural, at-home oral care with regular dental checkups

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Aside from natural solutions for a healthy smile, it’s also important to visit the doctor on a regular basis. This is especially true for older individuals – as we get older, we tend to disregard the fact that a once-a-year trip to the dentist’s office isn’t all that necessary. In fact, some go without dental care even when they’re experiencing pain due to oral health issues. Regular health checkups are crucial for sustaining good general health, and we shouldn’t wait until we feel discomfort to visit our dentist. While the cost seems to be an obstacle in countries like Australia, there are ways to get affordable dental care. Visiting an experienced dentist in Brisbane for a dental check-up will cost around $170, while the prices can double in other areas of the country, so it’s best to ask around to get the best deal possible.

Relieve toothache pain with the help of salt, clove, or garlic

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Toothache pain can be quite discomforting, and it’s usually an indicator that you must visit a dentist as soon as possible. However, you may want to try to ease your pain in the meantime, and the most effective way to do it is to turn to natural alternatives for toothache relief. Clove oil acts as a natural anesthetic, and it’s great for combating microorganisms thanks to its active ingredient – eugenol. Saltwater rinse can also help disinfect the area and reduce inflammation, while garlic acts as a pain reliever which you can either chew or apply as a paste.

Final thoughts

Although dental health may not be our top priority when we’re younger, once we start experiencing dental problems, we begin to realize just how important it is to preserve our oral health. Fortunately, we can always turn to nature for help and achieve healthy gums. With these four herbal solutions, you’ll fend off gum diseases and protect your smile in a natural way.

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Lauren LaPorte

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