Severe dental health problems are a constant issue for billions of people worldwide.
Untreated cavities are the number one most common dental condition, affecting nearly three billion people. Severe gum disease affects about one billion people worldwide.
Over 34 million school hours and $45 billion in productivity among U.S. workers are lost each year due to dental related problems.
According to the United States Bureau of Statistics, a 19 percent rate of job growth was expected among U.S. dentists from 2016 to 2026, a higher rate than average.
What most people don’t realize is that it’s possible to improve dental health at home in a wide variety of holistic focused ways that can heal the inside and outside of your teeth as well as your gums and in between the teeth as well.
Some of them are quite obvious, such as flossing and brushing, but several complementary therapies abound.
Here are five worth learning about and pursuing:
1. Oil Pulling-
Oil pulling seems fairly well known among holistic and organic health followers nowadays but it still isn’t practiced nearly as often as it should.
To do oil pulling, start with a carrier oil such as organic coconut oil (purchase here with free shipping on orders over $35.00) and add ingredients that will enhance the teeth cleansing process.
About a tablespoon and a half per cup of water is a great place to start. Coconut oil kills viruses by entering inside of them and destroying them from the inside-out. Coconut oil is also anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-septic.
2. Padma Basic-
Padma Basic is a blend of herbs from Tibetan medicinal traditions that improves circulation so needed nutrients are able to reach the tiny crevices and sensitive areas of your mouth and teeth.
A 2007 study found that up to 82 percent of all patients were able to prevent their previous need for root canals by adding Padma Basic to their daily routines.
3. Electric or Sonic Toothbrushes
Electric and Sonic toothbrushes are typically seen as high priced items that are difficult to purchase and not always worth the money.
If you feel you need extra scrubbing power for cleaning your teeth and gums, you may want to give these specialty brushes a try.
Electric toothbrushes scrub at 2,500 to 7,000 strokes per minute. Sonic toothbrushes trump those numbers at 30,000 strokes per minute.
While electric toothbrushes are cheaper, there are sonic toothbrushes available online for less than 20 dollars.
Sonic toothbrushes utilize high frequency brush strokes and high frequency sonic waves to remove plaque and to clean in between your teeth, making them the most effective current market tooth cleaning system according to many holistic and natural health advocates.
4. Tooth Powder-
Toothpaste is often seen as the one and only option for cleaning your mouth, but tooth powder provides benefits of its own worth checking out.
Two small studies have shown that tooth powder is superior to toothpaste for the purposes of removing plaque and whitening stains on teeth.
Tooth powder generally has a smaller particle size than toothpaste allowing it to reach into smaller cracks to clean bacteria and other problem substances.
I have used organic tooth powder, mineral powder and activated charcoal powder instead of toothpaste lately (and to great effect).
5. Stop Drinking and Brushing With Fluoridated Water!
Fluoride is often seen as a positive for dental health.
Most people don’t realize that the fluoride added to our water supply is a byproduct of the fertilizer industry.
It is a toxic, chemically treated version of the naturally occurring fluoride our teeth need and it may cause symptoms such as dental fluoridosis, a discoloration and breakdown of tooth enamel.
I use the water filters from Clearly Filtered including the portable water which takes out fluoride and the portable water pitcher which also takes out fluoride.
Clearly Filtered also offers an incredible fluoride, chlorine and glyphosate removing under the counter water filtration system that I have given before as a wedding gift.