Taking care of your oral health is important, as the health of your gums and teeth can affect the overall health of your body and is linked to diabetes, heart disease, and rheumatoid arthritis. Today, more than half of all Americans age 30 and older have periodontal disease. If you want to help heal your periodontal disease or just prevent gum disease from occurring, here are two natural home remedies you can use to do this.
Clean Your Teeth With a Natural Toothpaste
A natural toothpaste made with natural ingredients can clean your teeth while reducing your gum inflammation. To make your own natural toothpaste, you will combine together an equal part of dry ingredients to an equal part of an oil mixture.
Because coconut oil is firm at room temperature, mix coconut oil with sesame oil to help you get the right room temperature consistency for your toothpaste. For the dry mixture, combine baking soda with equal amounts of other dry ingredients, such as bentonite clay, and calcium magnesium powder. The bentonite clay provides the grit to your toothpaste to clean plaque from your teeth and gums. The baking soda helps to whiten your teeth, and the calcium magnesium power helps to remineralize your teeth. The coconut oil has anti-bacterial properties to help eliminate the harmful bacteria in your mouth.
Once you have the coconut and sesame oils combined with the dry ingredients, add your essential oils to the mixture. For every 12 tablespoons of oil and dry ingredient mixture, add 10 to 15 drops of your choice of essential oils.
Cinnamon oil helps your toothpaste taste good, while providing anti-fungal, antibacterial, and antioxidant properties, and helping reduce inflammation. Peppermint and orange both taste pleasant and are antioxidants. Neem oil and tea tree oil fight harmful bacteria and will also heal your gum inflammation. Eucalyptus helps reduce inflammation, is antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal. Don't forget to add clove oil, as clove has the highest antioxidant properties in essential oils and is also antibacterial, anesthetic, antiviral, and anti-fungal.
Add a small amount to your toothbrush as you would with commercial toothpaste, and brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day, as recommended by your dentist.
Make and Use a Gum-Healing Mixture
By using this gum healing mixture made with natural ingredients and oils, you can help heal your gum disease. And the ingredients in this mixture will clean your teeth, kill harmful bacteria, ease the pain in your gums, and reduce inflammation. You can use this mixture to make a mouthwash by shaking it well, then adding one dropperful to a cup of water. Otherwise, shake it well and add eight to twelve drops onto your toothbrush to brush over your teeth after cleaning with your natural toothpaste. Do not rinse your mouth after treating your mouth and gums with this healing mixture, so the ingredients remain on your teeth and gums.
To make this healing mixture, combine:
- 10 ounces echinacea tincture
- 1/4 cup tea tree oil
- 4 ounces bayberry tincture
- 2 ounces oak gall tincture
- 2 tablespoons cayenne tincture
- 2 1/2 dropperfuls of peppermint oil
- 2 1/2 dropperfuls of clove oil
A tincture is a liquid extract made from a dry herb, which you can buy at many health food stores. As most tinctures are sold in a small bottle with a dropper lid, you can use the dropper to measure the peppermint and clove oils for making the mixture and to dispense the healing mixture for your use.
Each of the ingredients in this mixture can help heal your gum disease. Echinacea is known for improving your immune system and, added to the mixture, helps to kill bacteria that is living in your gum pockets. Then, the echinacea and clove oil help to reduce your gum pain. Bayberry and oak gall will tighten up your gum tissue to help prevent gum recession. Peppermint in the mixture is a strong disinfectant to cleanse your mouth and gums and also reduces the inflammation of your gums. Then, peppermint and cayenne both increase your blood circulation to help take toxins from your gums.
Use these two methods to help heal and prevent gum disease. Contact your dentist at a place like Family Dentist for more information.