After making my own toothpowder using natural ingredients and found it works perfectly well, and researching alternative remedies for receding gums, I decided to also ditch the store bought products and create my own mouthwash, oil blend and routine for caring for gums, teeth and general oral health.
Again, I will not share quantities for the ingredients or frequency for the treatments. Individual needs and tastes rule here.
Home Made Mouthwash Ingredients (all optional – rinsing vigorously with plain water is a readily available alternative):
- Distilled or bottled water,
- Herbal Infusions (ginger root; anise, peppermint, spearmint, sage, etc. )
- Aloe Vera gel
- Hydrogen Peroxide 3%
- Sea salt, Himalayan salt, Epsom Salt, – contains minerals as well as being soothing for sore gums
- Baking Powder (bicarbonate of soda) – neutralizes acids
- Essential Oils: Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Cloves, Cinnamon, Grapefruit Seed- all have antibacterial properties and freshen breath.
- Xylitol – kills bacteria that feeds on sugar.
When using homemade mouthwash, it is important to shake your mouthwash well every time before using to mix the ingredients as the ingredients may have settled or the essential oils have collected at the top. Depending on the ingredients used and the storage temperature, any unused mouthwash should be discarded after a week.
- Sweet Almond Oil as a base – more than 70%.
- Vitamin E Oil – (one capsule) – an antioxidant that prevents the oils going rancid and nourishes the gums.
- A few Drops of Essential Oils: Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Cloves, Cinnamon, Grapefruit Seed Essential Oils – these add great taste and fragrance, as well as fighting bacteria lurking between teeth and under the gum line.
- Alternatively, try the ready made OraWellness HealThy Mouth Blend.
Use a few drops of this oil blend to:
- brush your teeth and gums;
- soak the dental floss or inter dental brushes before using,
- add flavor to your oil pulling oil (if you’re doing oil pulling).
Other good practices for promoting oral health:
– Oil pulling: swishing organic coconut oil or virgin olive oil for 5 to 20 minutes on a daily basis. Oil pulling is claimed to be capable of improving oral and systemic health, soothing headaches, migraines, asthma, and acne, as well as whitening teeth. Its promoters claim it works by pulling out toxins, which are known as ama in Ayurvedic medicine. I do it once a week and I think it’s a safer and easier alternative to flossing, especially for cleaning under dental bridges. The oil slides between teeth and pulls out any yucky stuff that may be stuck there.
- Tooth soap. Some claim that any unscented soap would be good enough for cleaning teeth. However, I’d go for a natural soap specifically produced with teeth cleaning in mind, or I’d make my own home made tooth soap. (recipe coming soon)
Additionally, consider using a Miswak stick to gently massage gums and teeth, while watching TV or doing any other boring activity that does not require your full attention or both of your hands
Carry a Miswak in your bag for an all natural toothbrush and toothpaste on the go.
Going “long in the tooth” needn’t go hand in hand with aging.
A healthy diet including plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables can help keep the teeth and gums healthy.
Along with a healthy diet and avoiding harsh chemicals in everyday products, taking time to care for gums can prolong and even restore gum health.
Talking about harsh chemicals, artificial preservatives and ingredients, I am about to cut down on store bought soaps and household cleaning products as I made a big batch of home made Liquid Castile Soap out of nothing but organic natural oils and lye.
Are you suffering from receding gums or periodontal disease? What helped in your experience?