A striking white smile is the reward that one gets for working hard to achieve optimal oral health. The good news is that maintaining such great oral and dental health is a simple, natural process if you know how to go about it. Here are some helpful guidelines on how to ensure maximum oral health the natural way.
Maintain a healthy pH balance
Maintaining a neutral pH balance in the mouth, which is around 7.0, is essential if you are to prevent tooth decay and other oral problems. Did you know that eating acidic food is the leading cause of a lack of pH balance in the body? Eating these types of foods can result in your pH level dropping to 5.0, which is the perfect level that allows cavity-causing bacteria to thrive. Replace as many acidic foods with alkaline foods in your diet. These alkaline foods include fresh vegetables, beans, and seeds.
Visit a holistic dentist
A holistic dentist specializes in alternative, all-natural medical treatments. These dentists also tend to treat various conditions that may be associated with the health of your mouth (or lack thereof). Holistic dentists may specialize in mercury amalgam removal, snoring problems, headaches, anxiety, as well as issues with sleep. The reason being is that many of these problems and conditions will be caused by poor oral health or habits.
Ditch the mouthwash
These products can be filled with additives that are far from natural. Instead, holistic dentists recommend that you rinse your mouth with warm salt water once a day to help reduce the growth of bacteria. Add some mint oil if you’d like to freshen your breath too.
Clean your tongue
Believe it or not, but it is likely your tongue is the culprit if you are suffering from bad breath. This is why many people opt to invest in a special tongue cleaner to get rid of any residue and improve breath. Use it at least once a day for best results. Just remember to be gentle!
Take a probiotic
Do you notice that your tongue always seems to have a white coating no matter how often you clean it? If so, you may have a yeast infection. The easiest way to combat this issue is to start taking a natural probiotic to aid in balancing your body’s ‘good’ bacteria. You should notice an improvement after just a few days.
Be picky about your toothpaste
Many health shops and websites will sell all-natural toothpaste. However, it often tends to be quite pricey. If you want to purchase your toothpaste at the supermarket, just be picky about the one that you buy. Ideally, you will want to choose one that is free of fluoride and does not contain sodium lauryl sulfate. While the latter has the power to remove stubborn stains, it can be incredibly damaging to the surface of your teeth, your tongue, and your gums.
Keep the aforementioned tips in mind, and you will be on your way to achieving and maintaining maximum oral health – strong teeth, healthy gums, and pleasant, fresh breath included!