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Toothbrush Reviews

Toothbrush Reviews

Since ancient times, mankind had used tooth brushing tools made from twigs, natural bristles and bones, to help keep their teeth clean. Over the years, the designs of toothbrushes have evolved to accommodate the various needs and preferences. However, the basic features of a handle to grip and a bristle head for cleaning still remain in the toothbrush of modern days.

Toothbrushes of today are in two broad categories of manual and electric toothbrushes and they come in various shapes and sizes. The handle of a manual toothbrush can be straight, angled or curved and the toothbrush heads come in shapes of oblong, oval, round and rectangular. Some handles are ergonomically designed and fitted with soft rubber areas for better grip. Toothbrush bristles today are made of synthetic materials and with versions of soft and hard bristles.

If you are looking for a manual toothbrush, there are many different types sold by the leading companies in oral care. However, most of their products are made of plastic handles and nylon bristles. My reviews here are mostly for toothbrushes that are made from BPA free bristles, eco-friendly, organic and compostable materials.

Gondola Bamboo Toothbrush

Gondola Bamboo toothbrush is made using soft bristles which are BPA free and the handle is made from organic bamboo which is lightweight and easy to hold. The handle will not splinter and is water-resistant. The packaging is made from recycled paper and minimal packaging is used to help keep the earth green.

Most dentists recommend changing your toothbrush every 3 months and a pack of 4 Gondola Bamboo ToothbrushesBamboo Toothbrush will last you a full year. You can personalise your toothbrush by marking or drawing on the handle with a pen or putting a date on it to remind yourself of when to change the toothbrush.

Price: $8.95 (pack of 4)

Size: Adult, Child

Customer ratings: 4.7 out of 5

User Feedback:

Good

  1. Bristles are soft
  2. Brushes well
  3. Easy to use
  4. Handle has a good grip for my injured hand
  5. Like the beautiful packaging that is biodegradable

Bad

  1. Bristle too soft
  2. Bristle too hard and abrasive
  3. Bristle keep falling out
  4. Bristle head too big

Where to Buy: Amazon.com

 

GoWoo 100% Natural Bamboo Toothbrush

GoWoo Natural Bamboo Toothbrush uses premium quality and sustainable bamboo wood which is stronger than normal wood. These bamboo toothbrushes are water-resistant, which means that you do not need to dry the handle after use.

GoWoo Natural Bamboo Toothbrush uses bristles that are bio-based which made up 62% castor oil and 38% nylon and are BPA free and super soft. The nylon bristles are resistant to bacteria growth during normal use, therefore ensuring safety and long-term use. The bristles are dyed with a food dye, which is non-caustic and safe. The colour coding allows easy identification for family members to use the same type of toothbrush without getting them mixed Natural Bamboo Toothbrushup.

Price: $11.89 (pack of 4)

Size: Adult

Customer ratings: 4.3 out of 5

User Feedback:

Good

  1. Brush is soft and easy on sensitive teeth and gums
  2. Coloured bristles for easy identifications
  3. Handle has good grip

Bad

  1. Has splinters
  2. Don’t like the wood taste
  3. Bristle too soft

Where to Buy: Amazon.com

 

Preserve Recycled Toothbrushes

Preserve toothbrushes are made in the USA with 100% recycled plastics for the handles and the bristles are made from virgin nylon. Preserve toothbrushes are BPA free and recyclable through Preserves’ Take Back toothbrush recycling program.

Preserve toothbrush has a unique curved handle that was designed to get to those hard-to-reach areas in the mouth for a more thorough cleaning. Although the handle is made from recycled yoghurt cups, the bristles are brand new and come in 3 choices of ultra soft, soft and medium bristles. A three-level bristle arrangement comprising of softer bristles on the outer rows than the inner rows to protect your gums and tooth enamel.Recycled Toothbrush

A pack of 6 toothbrushes comes in assorted colours of Grass Green, Midnight Blue, Sky Blue, Magenta and White. Preserve toothbrushes are available in kid size.

Price: $16.56 (pack of 6)

Size: Adult

Customer ratings: 4.5 out of 5

User Feedback:

Good

  1. Like the ultra soft bristles
  2. Curved handle makes it easy to reach behind the back molars
  3. Like it made from recycled plastic
  4. Good for those with sensitive gums

Bad

  1. Curved handle not easy to use
  2. Ultra soft one is not very soft

Where to Buy: Amazon.com

 

Bamboo Toothbrush

Bamboo Toothbrush is plastic-free and eco-friendly and the toothbrush handle is made from natural biodegradable bamboo and painted with environmental waterproof paint of different colours to protect the handle from moisture as well as for easy identification for family members.

The toothbrush head is made of spiral nylon bristles imported from Germany and they are BPA free and super soft, made using innovative technology. The diameter of each bristle is only 0.02 mm, which allows it to penetrate deep into the teeth to clean. The super soft bristle is gentle to the gums and is perfect for those with sensitive gums. The spiral characteristic of the bristle makes the cleaning twice more effective than other bristles.Eco-friendly Bamboo Toothbrush

Bamboo Toothbrush does not use plastic for packaging. The packaging is done using 100% paper that is biodegradable. This is perfect for those who are looking for good quality eco-friendly alternatives to reduce their plastic use.

Price: $8.99 (pack of 4)

Size: Adult, Child

Customer ratings: 4.7 out of 5

User Feedback:

Good

  1. Bristle is soft and good for gums
  2. Pretty and well made
  3. Kids love it

Bad

  1. Bristle too soft, does not clean well
  2. Bristle keep falling out
  3. Bristle head too big for small mouth

Where to Buy: Amazon.com

 

Wowe Lifestyle Natural Organic Bamboo Toothbrush

Wowe Toothbrush is environmentally friendly as its handle is made from bamboo wood that is lightweight and biodegradable. Bamboo is stronger and harder than wood and it is a more durable and healthier option than plastic. It is water-resistant and there is no need to try its handle.

The toothbrush head is made from high quality soft nylon bristles that are BPA free. The toothbrushes are packedOrganic Bamboo Toothbrush using 100% plastic-free packaging that is made from recycled materials. Wowe practises zero waste in their packaging by using as little packaging as possible. Thus, it becomes the toothbrush choice for the environmentally-conscious individuals and those who seek to reduce their plastic use.

Price: $11.95 (pack of 4)

Size: Adult

Customer ratings: 4.3 out of 5

User Feedback:

Good

  1. Bristle is just nice, not too soft or hard
  2. Curved bristle design cleans teeth well
  3. Lasted longer than other brands

Bad

  1. Allergic to the nylon bristles
  2. Bristles fall out after a short use
  3. Toothbrush got mouldy

Where to Buy: Amazon.com

Note: Prices mentioned here are correct at the time of posting.

 

Toothpaste Reviews

Toothpaste Reviews

Most people use toothpaste to brush their teeth, although some people use alternatives such as baking soda, coconut oil, tooth powder or tooth soap. Toothpaste is important as it not only helps make brushing of teeth easier, it also has ingredients that help remove plaque and stains, prevents tooth decay, remineralised tooth and freshens breath.

If you are looking for toothpaste, there many brands and the well-known ones are usually the mainstream ones. If you prefer a toothpaste that is free from fluoride and other harsh chemicals, there are a number of brands online carrying such products. I have researched and personally used a few of such products. Here are some of the more well-liked brands that I have found.

Cali White Vegan Whitening Toothpaste


Cali White Vegan Whitening Toothpaste is free from fluoride, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, gluten and peroxide, triclosan and parabens. Ingredients include Glycerin, Sorbitol, Hydrated Silica, Xylitol, Calcium Carbonate, Cellulose Gum, Cocamidopropyl, Betaine, Mentha Arvensis, Organic Peppermint Oil, Vitamin B12 and Stevia.Toothpaste for Whitening Teeth

Cali White Vegan Whitening Toothpaste is infused with vitamin B12. It is so far the only toothpaste that I have seen that contains vitamin B12. The company uses the highest quality and most absorbent B12 and not the synthetic type. By brushing your teeth twice a day with Cali White toothpaste, the body can absorb 3.6µg of B12 (from under your tongue) and is clinically proven to increase B12 levels by 50%. Vitamin B12 supplement is an energy booster that is helpful for vegan, pregnant women and anyone with low energy levels.

Price: $9.99 (pack of 1)

Size: 4 ounce (113gms)

Customer ratings: 4.5 out of 5

User Feedback:

Good

  1. Whitens teeth
  2. Good for sensitive teeth

Bad

  1. Strong taste
  2. Does not whiten teeth

Where to Buy: Amazon.com

Burt’s Bees Toothpaste, Purely White


Burt’s Bees Toothpaste is free from Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), triclosan & parabens, artificial flavours, sweeteners,Toothpaste for whitening teeth preservatives, plastic microbeads. Its ingredients include zen peppermint, hydrated silica and essential oils.

Price: $7.98

Size: 4.7 ounce (Pack of 3)

Customer ratings: 4.6 out of 5

User Feedback:

Good

  1. Taste is not too strong
  2. Whitens teeth
  3. Good consistency and taste

Bad

  1. Do not like the taste
  2. Cause teeth to be sensitive
  3. Too thin and watery

Where to Buy: Amazon.com

Uncle Harry’s Natural & Fluoride-free Remineralising Toothpaste


Uncle Harry’s Natural & Fluoride-free Remineralising Toothpaste contains natural ingredients such as bentonite clay, calcium carbonate, sea salt, mustard seed, peppermint, eucalyptus, clove, wintergreen, and oregano essential oils. It is gluten free, glycerin free, fluoride free and vegan. It does not contain any synthetic preservatives, foaming agents, colours, artificial flavours and baking soda.Toothpaste for remineralising tooth enamel

Uncle Harry’s Natural toothpaste helps maintain the pH balance in your mouth and prevent erosion of tooth enamel caused by acids. It also helps freshen the breath by neutralising bad breath.

Price: $10.95

Size: 3 ounce (pack of 1)

Customer ratings: 4.2 out of 5

User Feedback:

Good

  1. Remineralise teeth
  2. Reverse cavity
  3. Reverse tooth sensitivity
  4. Freshen breath

Bad

  1. Strong taste

Where to Buy: Amazon.com

Oral Essentials Teeth Whitening Toothpaste


Lumineux oral care products are created by two world-renowned dentists using only natural ingredients that protect the oral micro biome and neturalise the toxins of harmful bacteria. Oral Essentials Teeth Whitening Toothpaste does not have any bleach or harsh chemicals and is free from SLS, preservative, sugar and contains only natural ingredients sand essential oils to help to remove coffee, tea, wine and tobacco stains from teeth.Whitening Toothpaste

The ingredients found in Oral Essentials Teeth Whitening are: Organic Aloe Vera, Xylitol, Hydrated Silica, Vegetable Glycerin, Purified Water, Dead Sea Salt, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Xanthan Gum, Carrageenan, Coconut Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Spearmint Oil, Organic Wintergreen Leaf Oil, Lemon Peel oil, Sage Oil, Organic Peppermint Oil, Tulsi / Holy Basil Oil, Clove Flower Oil, Zinc Citrate

Price: $11.99

Size: 3.5 ounce (pack of 1)

Customer ratings: 4.2 out of 5

User Feedback:

Good

  1. Helps with sensitive teeth
  2. Whitens teeth

Bad

  1. Does not whiten teeth

Where to Buy: Amazon.com

Himalaya Complete Care toothpaste – Simply Mint


Himalaya Simply Mint Toothpaste is free from fluoride, gluten, carrageenan, SLS and harsh abrasives. It helps whiten teeth and reduces plaque. Simply Mint toothpaste uses three main ingredients to keep the clean. They are neem, an Indian evergreen tree with well-known for its cleansing properties; pomegranate, a sweet tasting fruit with fluoride, gluten, carrageenan, SLS free toothpasteantioxidant and cleansing properties; triphala, which is a combination of three Indian fruits used for Ayurvedic traditional wellness. Other ingredients in the toothpaste include xylitol, coconut oil, stevia, menthol and thyme oil. Simply Mint toothpaste is also vegan friendly and suitable for vegetarians.

Price: $20.98

Size: 5.29 ounce (Pack of 4)

Customer ratings: 4.6 out of 5

User Feedback:

Good

  1. Gets rid of canker sores
  2. Cleans and freshens breath
  3. Like the taste

Bad

  1. Taste too strong
  2. Too expensive

Where to Buy: Amazon.com

Note: Prices mentioned here are correct at the time of posting.

Mouthwash Reviews

Mouthwash Reviews

Many people use mouthwash as part of their oral care routine. Choosing the type of mouthwash is not as simple as the flavour you like only. All mouthwashes are not created equally. There are different ingredients used by each manufacturer of mouthwash. Some people prefer to use mouthwash that does not contain fluoride, alcohol, parabens, saccharin or sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS).

If you are looking for mouthwash, there many brands online with different flavours and ingredients. I have researched on many of the brands. Here are some of the more popular brands.

TheraBreath Fresh Breath Oral Rinse, Mild Mint


TheraBreath is known for using oxygen to target bacteria cause bad breath. These bacteria are hidden deep below the surface of the tongue and at the back of the throat. TheraBreath formula was developed by Dr Harold Katz to help his TheraBreath Mouthwash Reviewdaughter conquer her bad breadth. TheraBreath Fresh Breath Oral Rinse does not contain alcohol, colourings, artificial flavours, perfumes, detergents, and other harsh additives. And it is also certified kosher, gluten-free and vegan.

Price: $14.36

Size: 16 Ounce Bottle (Pack of 2)

Customer ratings: 4.5 out of 5

User Feedback:

Good

  1. Effective for bad breath
  2. Gets rid of tonsil stones
  3. Does not burn or sting

Bad

  1. Do not like the aftertaste

Note: Among the 5,000 plus reviews, we found only this one common complaint about the bad aftertaste. According to the manufacturer, this is due the higher pH in this rinse compared to other rinses. And the effect is only temporary and will go away when your mouth gets used to the new pH level and this is usually after a couple of days.

Where to Buy: Amazon.com

Lumineux Oral Essentials Mouthwash


Lumineux Oral Essentials Mouthwash is formulated by two world-renowned dentists. It is designed to protect good bacteria in our mouth and neutralised toxins caused by harmful bacteria. The mouthwash is made using natural ingredients such as Organic Aloe Vera Juice, Holy Basil Oil, Organic Peppermint Oil, Spearmint Leaf Oil, Organic Limineux Mouthwash ReviewWintergreen Leaf Oil, Clove Flower Oil and Dead Sea Salt. It has no alcohol, dyes, preservatives and is free from drugs and harmful chemicals.

Price: $21.99

Size: 16 Ounce Bottle (Pack of 2)

Customer ratings: 4.3 out of 5

User Feedback:

Good

  1. Gets rid oral infection
  2. Freshens breath
  3. Does not sting or cause dry mouth
  4. Helps with gum disease

Bad

  1. A little expensive
  2. Bad taste

Where to Buy: Amazon.com

Hello Oral Care Naturally Healthy Antigingivitis Mouthwash


Hello naturally healthy antigingivitis mouthwash contains no alcohol, no artificial sweeteners, no artificial flavours, no dyes and no sodium lauryl sulfates (sls). It contains ingredients such as aloe vera, mint, xylitol, tea tree oil and Hello Oral Care Mouthwash Reviewcoconut oil. Hello is also vegan and Leaping Bunny Certified as it was never tested on animals.

Price: $14.97

Size: 16 Ounce Bottle (Pack of 3)

Customer ratings: 4.5 out of 5

User Feedback:

Good

  1. Helps heal gum bleeding and irritation
  2. Gets rid of canker sores
  3. Mouth feels clean after using
  4. A lot of kids (but not all) love the watermelon flavour

Bad

  1. Some adults do not like the mint flavour

Where to Buy: Amazon.com

Dr. Brite Natural Whitening Vitamin C Mouthwash


Dr. Brite was founded by Dr. Paris Sabo and her sister, Dr. Pooneh Ramezani. It all started when Dr. Sabo who was shocked to see her toddler eating toothpaste containing harmful chemicals. Thus, there was a need to go for organic oral care products that does not have harmful ingredients.Dr. Brite Natural Whitening Mouthwash Review

Dr. Brite Mouthwash contains the following ingredients: aloe vera juice, vegetable glycerin (soy free), coconut oil, xylitol, mint leaf oil, menthol crystals, Holy basil extract, neem extract, vitamin c, stevia, sea salt, activated (coconut) charcoal and coconut oil

Price: $28.79

Size: 16 Ounce Bottle (Pack of 2)

Customer ratings: 4.7 out of 5

User Feedback:

Good

  1. Whitens teeth
  2. Heals gingivitis
  3. Good taste
  4. No burning sensation

Bad

  1. Too expensive
  2. Does not keep mouth fresh for long

Where to Buy: Amazon.com

Uncle Harry’s Natural Alkalizing Miracle Mouthwash


Uncle Harry`s Miracle Mouthwash is a mint mouthwash that naturally balances pH in the mouth and helps to reduce swelling, freshen breath, whiten and remineralise teeth and enliven teeth and gums. It does not have anything artificial and uses only pure ingredients such as essential oils of peppermint, eucalyptus, clove, wintergreen, and oregano. The other ingredients are purified, deionized, microfiltered water and ten parts per Uncle Harry's Natural Alkalizing Miracle Mouthwash Reviewmillion of silver mineral 99.000 pure; sea salt; magnetic earth; purified ocean water and active ionic minerals. It is free of fluoride, carrageenan, triclosan, or artificial sweeteners as well as gluten free, glycerin free, and vegan.

Price: $24.95

Size: 16 Ounce Bottle

Customer ratings: 4.5 out of 5

User Feedback:

Good

  1. Freshens breath
  2. Helps reduce tooth decay
  3. Reduce tooth sensitivity
  4. Heals gum disease
  5. Whiten teeth
  6. Gets rid of sore throat

Bad

  1. Affects taste buds
  2. Too strong or spicy

Note: Just like TheraBreath mouthwash, this mouthwash too has high pH level and the taste buds are affected after using it. The food either does not have any taste or it tastes weird. As it is a strong mouthwash, some users recommend diluting it before using.

Where to Buy: Amazon.com

Note: Prices mentioned here are correct at the time of posting.

Oral Care Product Reviews

Oral Care Product Reviews

In order to keep our teeth strong and healthy, we need to keep our teeth clean by following a daily oral care regime Therefore, we will need a number of oral care products to help us do the job of keeping our teeth clean. There is a wide variety of oral care products to cater for the different needs and preferences.

Before I buy any product, I will research to find out more information about the product and the opinions of those who have bought the product. Researching and reviewing products is a time-consuming job. To help my readers, I have gathered and collated many oral products reviews and post them here in the blog.

oral care product reviews

How I Do My Reviews?


Like most health-conscious individuals, I like to read the list of ingredients of a product that I am interested in before deciding whether to buy it or not. I tend to avoid those products that contains harsh chemical and prefer products with more natural ingredients. Next, I will go through the reviews from people who have bought and used the product to find out more about their positive and negative views.

By reading the users’ reviews, it gives me an insight into the benefits as well as problems faced by the users. Although, the problems faced by some of the users may not necessary be applicable to all users, for example, allergic reactions to the product. There will always be negative reviews on any product. It is necessary to analyse further and see if there are many users having the same problem. If the number of negative reviews is not significant as compared to the positive reviews, the product is worth considering.

I will normally go for products with a high number of reviews and avoid products that has very few reviews. A high number of reviews will give me a more clearly picture of the product’s pros and cons. A high number of reviews is also an indication of the product’s popularity as only a small percentage of the buyers will write a review.

Lastly, if the product has no known significant or high impact negative effects, I will look at the benefits experienced by users before deciding if I should buy the product.

 

List Of Oral Care Products


The following list of oral care products that are commonly purchased and used by people for their hygiene needs:

    1. Breath Fresheners
    2. Dental Floss
    3. Denture Care
    4. Interdental Brush
    5. Mouthguards
    6. Mouthwash
    7. Teeth Whitening
    8. Togue Cleaners
    9. Toothbrush
    10. Toothpaste
    11. Water Pik

I will be constantly reviewing and writing about these products and posting them on the blog here.

 

Is There A Product That You Like Me To Review?


If you come across a new oral care product and would like me to find out more information and users’ experiences about it, do leave it in the comments below. I will be happy to check it out and feature my findings in the upcoming blogs.

Heal Receding Gums Naturally – No Surgery Needed?

Heal Receding Gums Naturally – No Surgery Needed?

Gums are the pink tissues that are attached to our jawbone covering each root of the tooth right up to the neck forming a gum line. The gum tissues or also known as gingival tissues, protect the roots of the teeth. Gum recession happens when the gum tissues are pulled away from the teeth thus exposing the roots. When the roots of the teeth are exposed, the teeth are sensitive to hot and cold foods and drinks. Exposed roots also increased the risk of cavity, plague and loss of tooth.

The causes of gum recession include poor oral hygiene; gum disease that results in inflammation of the gums; grinding of teeth; smoking; vigorous and overbrushing of the teeth; and misaligned or crooked teeth.gum grafting

Recommended treatments by the dentist for receding gums include deep cleaning procedures such as scaling and root planing. In more serious receding gums cases, gum grafting is recommended to restore the gum tissues. Gum grafting is a surgical procedure that involves taking the tissue from the roof of the mouth or gums tissues near the tooth and attached them over the exposed root.

Can we heal receding gums naturally without undergoing any surgery? It is believed that receding gums cannot be reversed. In this blog, we will examine the possibilities of healing receding gums naturally and how we can prevent further recession of our gums.

 

Are Your Gums Receding?


Gum recession is a gradual process that is not noticeable. Therefore, most people are not aware that they have receding gums until their tooth is damaged or lost. Therefore, gum recession is something that should not be ignored. The symptoms of receding gums are:

  1. Long teeth

If your teeth seem longer than before, it could be a sign that your gums are receding. When the gums are pulled back, more of the teeth are exposed and eventually, the tooth root will also be exposed if nothing is done to stop the gum recession.

2. Noticeable gaps between teeth

Gum recession causes gaps in between the teeth and food get easily caught in between the tooth, making it an excellent breeding ground for bacteria.

3. Sensitive tooth

If you experience sensitivity in your tooth not felt before, it is a sign that your gum has receded and exposed the tooth roots. Sensitive tooth can also be caused by worn up tooth enamel.

4. Loose tooth

When the gum recession gets worse the tooth starts to get detached from the gum and becomes loose or shaky. If nothing is done to stop the gum recession, the tooth will eventually be lost.

 

Prevent Further Gum Recession


There are various factors that can cause the recession of gums, these include periodontal diseases which is gum infections. Some people are more prone to periodontal disease than others. Changes in hormone levels in women can make their teeth more sensitive and prone to gum recession. These factors are beyond one’s control however, there are other things that one can do to prevent further gum recession.

1. Practise good oral hygiene

Develop and follow a daily oral health care plan that includes brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing your teeth at least once a day, using an antibacterial mouthwash to help reduce bacteria that causes tooth cavity and gum disease.

2. Avoid aggressive brushing of teeth

Brushing your teeth too vigorously can cause the tooth enamel to erode and damage the gums causing gum recession. Using the wrong type of toothbrush can also damage your tooth and gums. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles instead of hard bristles. Soft bristles are flexible and can reach those places in your mouth that are more difficult to reach. Hard bristles, on the contrary, can wear down your tooth enamel and damage your gums.

3. Quit smoking

Smoking not only causes your teeth to turn yellow, it also causes severe gum disease. Smokers are at least twice more likely to lose their teeth as compared to non-smokers. The chemicals in tobacco products cause dry mouth and therefore it is easy for bacteria to stick to teeth and gums, creating plaque and tartar that makes it prone to develop gum disease which causes gum recession leading to lost teeth.

4. Stop grinding of teeth

Grinding of teeth, also known as bruxism is an involuntary action typically done during sleep. Teeth grinding are usually caused by stress and most people do not know that they are grinding their teeth. Constant grinding of teeth may lead to tooth enamel erosion and the excessive force on the teeth causes cracks in the teeth and the gums to recede. A dentist normally recommends a custom-made mouth guard to cushion the impact of the grinding on your teeth. You can also buy a mouth guard off the shelf, which is cheaper than the custom-made one.

 

Remedies to Heal Receding Gums


Harmful bacteria in the mouth is the cause of plaque resulting in tooth cavity and receding gum. Nature has provided us with many herbs that have anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antioxidant properties that eradicate the harmful bacteria from the mouth. The following remedies are used by some people to heal receding gums:

1. Salt Water Rinse

Salt water helps to ease gum inflammation, toothache and gum recession. Dissolve a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water. Swish the solution in your mouth for about 30 seconds and spit out. Repeat this process 2 to 3 times a day.

2. Oil Pulling

Oil pulling is a traditional practice in Ayurveda, a medical system practised in India for thousands of years. In a study done in 2009, oiling pulling showed a reduction in plaque and gum inflammation.

Traditionally, sesame oil has been used for oil pulling. Coconut oil is now commonly used. To do oil pulling, swish a tablespoon of coconut or sesame oil in your mouth for three to ten minutes, then spit out. Then spit out the oil and rinse your mouth with water. Oil pulling is best done in the morning when the stomach is empty and should be followed by brushing the teeth.

3. Essential Oils

The following essential oils contain antimicrobial and antibacterial properties that help to relieve gum inflammation and heal gum recession:

  • Eucalyptus oil
  • Peppermint oil
  • Tea tree oil
  • Thyme oil
  • Clove oil

Use any of the above mentioned essential oils to brush your teeth. Simply add 1 – 2 drops onto your toothbrush or mix it with your toothpaste. You can also use essential oil as a mouthwash. Add a few drops of the essential oil into a cup of water and rinse your mouth with it. Alternatively, use a toothpaste or mouthwash that contains essential oils and no harsh chemicals.

 

Can Your Gums Grow Back?


According to most dentists, receding gums will not grow back on its own. However, you can stop your gums from further recession by practising good oral hygiene and stop doing things that will damage your gums.

Personally, I believed that gums are tissues that will regenerate and grow back if we give it a chance to do so. Just like tooth decay can be reversed if we do the right things. If the gum or tooth damage is not so severe, given a chance it should be able to heal on its own. Maintaining good oral health is not just about brushing and flossing your teeth daily. We need to incorporate a healthy diet that comprises of foods that help to keep our gums healthy.

Foods that help maintain healthy gums included the following:

1. Dark green leafy vegetables

Dark green leafy vegetables such as kale, broccoli, mustard, spinach and bok choy are packed with a lot of nutrients eat green leafy vegetables for healthy gumssuch as calcium; vitamins A, C and K; magnesium; iron; potassium; folate and antioxidant. Calcium will help to build tooth enamel and strengthen your tooth and vitamin C help to fight inflammation and thus help to prevent gum disease. Green leafy vegetables are high in fibre and thus chewing on them helps to stimulate the production of saliva in the mouth, which in turn helps remove food participles and bacteria from your teeth and prevents the plaque formation.

2. Nuts

Nuts are packed with health benefits. In particular, almonds and cashews nuts contained calcium and magnesium which help to build strong teeth and bones.

3. Fish that are rich in Omega-3s

Omega-3 has anti-inflammatory properties that protect you from the bacteria and virus that enter your body. It helps to reduce inflammation and is used to treat chronic inflammation for arthritis and joint pain. For the same reason, omega-3 can treat gum inflammation and improve your oral health.

4. Dairy products

Dairy products such as milk, cheese and yoghurt are high calcium, a mineral that is essential for strong bones, teeth and gums. Include dairy products in your diet can help improve your oral health.

5. Green tea

Green tea has antioxidant properties that help fight inflammation and it also has water-soluble polyphenols, better known as catechins can inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria in the mouth. Therefore, drinking a cup of green tea every day can maintain your oral health and lower the risk of cavities and gum diseases.

6. Vegetables and fruits that are high in vitamin C

Vitamin C has antioxidant properties that help reduce inflammation and repair tissues. Vegetables and fruits that are high in vitamin C include all types of pepper and oranges, pineapple and strawberries.

 

Save Your Gums, Save Your Teeth


Inadequate oral care will soon allow plaque buildup on your gums and teeth. The plaque contains harmful bacteria that will soon destroy your gums and cause cavities in your teeth. Therefore, it is important to keep your gums healthy and prevent it from receding. When you do things to save your gums from further recession, in the process you are also preventing the loss of your teeth.

 

Natural Tooth Pain Relief

Natural Tooth Pain Relief

natural tooth pain reliefToothache can happen at the time when you cannot get to see the dentist and toothache can be very painful and disruptive and it prevents one from carrying out his/her daily activities. Serious toothache often happens at night, causing extreme discomfort and loss of sleep. When a toothache becomes unbearable, people will usually treat it with over the counter pain killers such as ibuprofen or paracetamol. Other than pain killers are there any natural tooth pain relief methods that we can use?

 

Learn From Our Ancestors


Long before synthetic pain killers were invented, ancient people used different types of herbs, barks and roots as natural tooth pain relief. They know how to find the right plants that provide them cures for their ailments and aches. People from the early civilisations are known for how to use different kinds of medicinal plants for dental treatments.

Romans

Roman doctors had used marshmallow to treat toothaches and other ailments such as inflammation, insect bites and sore throats. The marshmallow is not the confectionery that everyone is familiar with. It is a herbal plant native to Europe, north Africa and western Asia. It is found in wet and marshy or swampy areas and that is how the name of the plant is derived. Early Egyptians made a sweet from the sap of the root mixed with honey. The marshmallow sweet today originated from this ancient Egyptian treat, however, marshmallow root juice is no longer used as the Marshmallow To Treat Toothachemain ingredient.

Greeks

Summer savory or throubi in Greek is a popular spice used in many cuisines. The plant is found commonly in the Mediterranean but it can also thrive in regions in the northern hemisphere. The flowers of this herb bloom in the summer months from July to September. Greeks in the Middle Ages used this herb to treat toothaches and ulcers.

Mexicans

Mexico is rich in medicinal plants and thus the use of herbs and spices are commonly found in folklore remedies especially during the times of the Aztec and Maya empires. Medicinal plants are widely used by the Mexicans to treat oral diseases and other dental problems. To treat toothache, the Mayans used the root of a Mexican poppy plant called Argemone munita, otherwise commonly known as Chicalote. This species of poppy is found in Mexico but today it is also grown in other parts of the world. Traditional medicine healers in North Indian also use the seeds of Chicalote to cure toothache.

Chinese

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a system of traditional medicine that has been practised in China for more than 3,000 years although no clear written record of the medical technique until the early second century BC. Traditional Chinese Medicine uses techniques such as acupuncture, acupressure and a concoction of medicinal plants and dried animal parts to cure various types of diseases and ailments. Ways to relief toothache used by Chinese physicians include acupressure and application of ginger, garlic or ginseng on the tooth.

 

Try Herbal Remedies For Tooth Pain Relief


Over the counter pain killers and other prescription medications are what is often used by conventional medicine. There are concerns about the safety issues and potential side effects of prolonged use of these synthetic drugs for chronic pain conditions.

Using natural ingredients such as herbs may be a better alternative as they do not have the kind of side effects experienced by synthetic drug users. Indigenous people use parts of many types of plant such as leaves, flowers, branches, roots and seeds to relieve pain and other ailments. Many of these herbal plants contain antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that help to reduce swelling and relieve pain. Herbal remedies not only provide us relief from pain but also give us other health benefits and prevents diseases such as diabetes, stroke and cancer.

Thus, when you have a toothache, instead of reaching out for your painkillers, try applying one of the following herbal remedies:

1. Garlic

Since the early civilisation, garlic has been used as medicine to treat various ailments. Today is commonly used in cooking and as a garnish, making the food delicious. Garlic contains an amino acid called allicin which is released when the garlic is crushed or chopped. Allicin is known for its anti-inflammation and antioxidant benefits. Thus, garlic is a good natural pain reliever.

To help relieve your tooth pain, grind a clove of fresh garlic into a paste apply it on to the affected tooth or otherwise chew on a piece of garlic.

2. Onions

Onions are an important ingredient in cooking various types of dishes. But do you know that they contain antibacterial properties? Yes, onions contain a plant pigment called quercetin, which is antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Thus, raw onions can help eliminate the bacteria in your mouth and provide relief for your toothache.

To help with your tooth pain, put a piece of raw onion on your affected tooth. This may be difficult to do for some people as the onion may cause your eyes to tear.

3. Turmeric

Turmeric is a spice commonly used in Asian cooking. Besides being an aromatic spice cherished by Asian chefs, turmeric also has many medicinal properties due to the presence of a chemical compound called curcumin. Curcumin has antibacterial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Thus, curcumin can prevent infections, reduce swelling and stop the toothache.

To help relieve tooth pain, mix some turmeric powder with some water and put it on to the affected tooth.

4. Chilli Pepper or Cayenne Pepper

Capsaicin is an active component found in chilli peppers that is responsible for the burning sensation when the pepper is eaten or rubbed on the skin. Capsaicin is anti-inflammatory and analgesic and therefore, it is an ingredient commonly used in pain relief topical cream. Capsaicin can help to reduce nerve pain. The Mayans are said to have used chilli peppers to cure their toothaches.

To relieve your tooth pain, mix chilli powder or crushed cayenne pepper with water and put it on the painful tooth. You can also rub pepper on the tooth or chew on pepper, although not everyone can withstand the burning sensation from chewing on pepper.Ginger To Relief Tooth Pain

5. Ginger

Ginger is a flowering plant originated from China and Southeast Asia and is now grown in many parts of the world. Its roots commonly called ginger is used as a spice for cooking. Not only is it a spice, but it also has medicinal properties and the Chinese had been using it to treat various ailments for thousands of years. Three powerful and pungent compounds: gingerols, zingerone and shogaols are found in ginger. These three compounds contain antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Therefore, chewing a piece of raw ginger helps to reduce bacteria in the mouth and alleviate your tooth pain.

 

Herbal remedies may not be suitable for everyone as some people are allergic to certain types of herbs. Avoid using any of these herbal remedies if you have any known allergy to it. Do exercise caution if you have not taken any of these types of herbs before. Some herbs do interfere with medication such as blood-thinning drugs and other cardiovascular drugs. If you are taking any prescription medication, it is advisable to consult your doctor before consuming any of these herbs.

 

Essential Oils To Relieve Toothache


Essential oils are commonly used in aromatherapy. But they are also found in personal care and house cleaning products. Essential oils mostly derived from herbal plants and are used to treat a lot of ailments including toothache. The following essential oils can help to relieve tooth pain are:

1. Clove Oil

Cloves are dried aromatic flower buds of a tree native to the Maluku islands in Indonesia and are commonly used as a spice in Asian and African cuisines. Cloves are known to be used in traditional Chinese medicine as early as 240 BC. Clove contains eugenol, an active compound that is both anaesthetic and antiseptic. Thus, clove is popularly used to relieve toothache as its antiseptic properties help to kill the bacteria in the mouth and prevent infection.

To heal tooth pain, dip cotton ball or swab in clove oil and applied it to the affected tooth. Alternatively, you can also add a drop of clove oil to a glass of water and use it as a gargle.

2. Peppermint Oil

The peppermint plant is a hybrid between watermint and spearmint and is native to Europe and the Middle East. Peppermint contains menthol, an active ingredient that not only freshens your breath but helps to relieve toothache due to its strong anti-bacterial properties.

To help ease your tooth pain, apply 3 to 4 drops of peppermint directly on the tooth or gum. Or soak a cotton ball with peppermint oil and rub the oil on the tooth.

3. Thyme Oil

Thyme is a small garden herb that originated from southern Mediterranean. The ancient Eygptians use thyme for embalming as well as a pain reliever. Today, it is widely used in cooking as a seasoning together with other spices like rosemary and sage. Thyme has an active ingredient called thymol which has antimicrobial properties. Thus, thyme essential oil is one natural way to relieve tooth pain.

To help alleviate your toothache, add a few drops of thyme oil with some water onto a cotton ball and apply it onto your tooth. You can also make a mouthwash by adding a drop of thyme oil to a glass of water.

Essential oils are highly concentrated plant extracts and therefore caution should be exercised when using them. Some people may develop side effects from applying the oil directly onto the skin. Use the patch test to determine if you are allergic to the essential oil. To prevent an adverse reaction, dilute the essential oil with a carrier oil such as olive oil or coconut oil.

 

It’s A Relief Not A Cure


Getting rid of tooth pain is a relief and not a cure. The above mentioned methods for tooth pain relief are just temporary measures to help you get through the day or night. A severe toothache is an indication of bad tooth decay as the bacteria had punched through the dentin and exposing the pulp and root of the tooth. In this case, you will need to see a dentist to get your teeth treated and the proper guidance to prevent future tooth decay.

Have you tried any of these natural tooth pain relief remedies before? Do share with us your experience with using natural remedies for oral health in the comments below.

Cure Tooth Decay Naturally, Possible?

Cure Tooth Decay Naturally, Possible?

According to the dentist, there is only one way to treat tooth decay: drill the cavity and fill it up with some metal, porcelain or plastic. Is it possible to cure tooth decay naturally without any medical intervention?

Dental fillings are not the only way to cure tooth decay. The human tooth is designed to heal on its own, given the right conditions. There are things that we need to do and not do to give our teeth a chance to heal itself and prevent tooth decay.

 

Prevent Tooth Demineralisation


What Causes Tooth Demineralisation?

The tooth is protected by an outer white coating called the enamel. The tooth enamel protects the tooth from wear Tooth Demineralistionand tear. The tooth enamel is made up of a coating of various minerals, of which the main one is calcium phosphate. Bacteria in the mouth feed on sugars and starches left in our mouth and in the process produce acids. There are also acids from eating fruits such as lemon or orange. These acids attack the tooth enamel, causing the minerals to dissolve, resulting in the softening and erosion of the tooth enamel. This gradual erosion process is known as tooth demineralisation. The erosion of the tooth enamel allows the bacteria in the mouth to penetrate deeper into the tooth, eventually causing cavities to form. If nothing is done to heal the tooth decay, the cavity will become bigger and the dentin layer of the tooth is exposed. Further decay will eventually expose the soft pulp and nerve of the tooth causing pain.

Ways to Prevent Tooth Demineralisation

The acids in the mouth cause the teeth enamel to erode and eventually lead to tooth decay. If the acids are neutralised, the tooth has the chance to repair itself and cure the tooth decay naturally. The following are suggested ways to prevent demineralisation of the tooth enamel:

  1. Brush your teeth at least twice a day especially before going to bed.
  2.  Floss the teeth or use an interdental brush to remove food and plaque from gaps of teeth not reachable by a toothbrush.
  3. Use antibacterial mouth rinse that has enamel protecting properties.
  4. Use toothpaste that has properties that repair and protect tooth enamel such as calcium, silica and NovaMin.
  5. Avoid taking carbonated drinks and juice as they have high sugar content which causes excessive plaque and tartar build-up which may result in cavities.
  6. Avoid foods that have high acid content and cut down on sugar intake especially refined sugar.
  7. Avoid doing things that weaken the tooth enamel such as chewing ice.

 

Tooth Remineralisation – Can It Happen?


Given the right conditions, tooth demineralisation can be reversed. This reverse process is called tooth remineralisation. It occurs when the lost calcium from the tooth is being replaced. The enamel can repair itself once the erosion stops and calcium is being replaced.  In order for tooth remineralisation to take place, the following conditions must be present:

 1. The surface of the tooth must be clean.

An oral hygiene routine is necessary to keep the teeth clean. A daily oral hygiene routine includes brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing your teeth once a day and using a mouthwash after brushing and flossing your teeth.

2. There must be a sufficient flow of saliva in the mouth.

The presence of saliva in our mouth is very important to our oral health as saliva is our first line of defence against cavity. Minerals in the saliva cleanse our teeth by getting rid of the bacteria in our mouth. Throughout the day, saliva in our mouth constantly deposits minerals such as calcium and phosphorus onto our teeth. These minerals bind with the tooth enamel and strengthen the tooth. Saliva also helps to maintain the alkaline state of our mouth, keeping it at an ideal level of pH of 7.5 to 8.5, which is conducive for tooth remineralisation. Dry mouth is a condition in which the salivary glands do not produce enough saliva to keep the mouth moist. Dry mouth is usually caused by medications and other health conditions.  Prolonged dry mouth condition can affect one’s oral health. If you have dry mouth, chewing on sugarless gum may help to stimulate the increase in saliva.

3. There must be sufficient calcium and other minerals present in the saliva.

To have sufficient minerals in your saliva, you will need to have a healthy diet that supports remineralisation and also take the supplements that help to remineralise the teeth. It is not enough just to avoid food that is high in sugar to avoid cavities. We need food that is high in calcium, minerals and vitamins to help our teeth heal on its own.

 

Help Your Tooth Remineralise – Change Your Diet


Eating foods and beverages that are high in sugar and acid contents, creates an ideal environment for tooth decay to take place. Dental plaque is a sticky and colourless film which is formed when remaining food particles especially carbohydrates are mixed with saliva and bacteria. Plaque is found between the teeth and along the gum line. The bacteria in the plaque feed on the remaining foods and in the process produce acids which erode the tooth enamel causing cavities to form. Therefore, the impact of certain foods and drinks on your oral health cannot be ignored.

If you are currently consuming foods that are high in carbohydrates and sugar, it is time to consider changing your diet and cut down on your sugar intake. There are studies done to suggest that a change in diet can reverse tooth decay. Make some adjustments to your diet by avoiding foods that promote tooth demineralisation and consuming more foods that are high in calcium and other minerals such as phosphorus, magnesium, vitamin D and vitamin K2.

Avoid Foods That Harm Your Teeth

Some foods harm your teeth and should be avoided if possible. Foods that are bad for the teeth include the following:

1. Candies and sweets

Candies and snacks such as cookies, cakes and other sweet desserts contain a lot of sugar which the bacteria in the mouth love. Constantly eating a lot of this sweet stuff will eventually lead to tooth decay.Avoid Eating Sweets

2. Foods made from refined carbohydrates

Carbohydrates are also known as starch or sugars. Carbohydrates are classified as simple or complex carbohydrates. Simple carbohydrates are easily digested and absorbed by the body, while complex carbohydrates take longer for the body to break it down. Refined carbohydrates, for example, white flour, are grains that have gone through a refining process which removes the dietary fibre, minerals and vitamins. As a result of the refining process, the grain transforms from a complex carbohydrate into a simple carbohydrate. The starch from simple carbohydrates tends to get trapped in between the teeth, making it an ideal feeding ground for bacteria. Examples of foods made from white flour are bread, pasta, crackers or chips.

3. Beverages with added sugar

Beverages that have added sugar include carbonated soft drinks, fruit juice made from concentrates and energy drinks. Carbonated soft drinks and energy drinks are not only laden with sugar, but they also contain carbonic, citric and phosphoric acids which will wear out the tooth enamel.

4. Caffeinated Drinks

Caffeinated drinks such as coffee or tea tend to dry up the mouth. Frequent drinking of coffee or tea will stain your teeth. Besides these, coffee is acidic while most teas are mildly acidic. Avoid taking sugar with your coffee or tea.

5. Dried fruits

Dried fruits such as apricots, prunes, raisins and cranberry are considered as healthy snacks. However, dried fruits are very sweet because when the water is removed from the fruits, the sugars in the fruits are concentrated. The concentrated sugars are sticky and tend to get stuck in between the teeth.

6. Citrus fruits

Citrus fruits such as lemon, orange, grapefruit, lime and pomelo are high in citric acid. The high acidic content tends to make the teeth vulnerable to decay as the acids erode the tooth enamel.

If all the above-mentioned cannot be avoided altogether, reduce the frequency and quantity of consumption. After eating any of these foods, floss your teeth and rinse your mouth. Do not brush your teeth immediately after taking acidic food as the acids have softened your tooth enamel. Brushing your teeth at this time will further damage your tooth enamel.

 

Eat Foods That Help Cure Tooth Decay Naturally


The key factor in preventing and reversing tooth decay is a correct and healthy diet comprising of foods and supplements that help keep your teeth healthy and strong. Essential nutrients such as calcium, phosphorus, vitamin D, vitamin K2 and magnesium help cure tooth decay naturally. The essentials nutrients for healthy teeth are found in the following foods:

1. Dairy products

Dairy products such as milk, cheese and yoghurt contain calcium, vitamin D and phosphates which are essential minerals for healthy teeth. As calcium is the main ingredient found in the tooth enamel, lack of calcium in your diet expose a risk of tooth decay.

2. Vegetables and fruits

Most vegetables and fruits are high in fibre and chewing on such food keeps the saliva flowing. Saliva is a natural defence against tooth decay. The saliva also gets rid of food participles and helps neutralise the acids that attack your teeth.

Dark green leafy vegetables are not only a source of high fibre, they also contain amongst other nutrients, vitamins D and K and calcium. These nutrients are essential for maintaining a healthy set of teeth. Examples of dark green leafy vegetables include kale, spinach, mustard, romaine lettuce and watercress.

3. Nuts and seeds

Nuts and seeds are packed with lots of nutrients including protein, vitamins and minerals. Calcium and magnesium found in nuts and seeds are important nutrients to help remineralise the teeth and prevent tooth decay. Do opt for nuts that are unsalted and not sugar-coated.

4. Fish and Eggs

Fish is a good source of calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and vitamin D. Eggs too contain calcium, vitamin D and phosphorus. These nutrients are essential for keeping the teeth healthy.

5. Bone broth

Bone broth is made from simmering animal bones in water. Bone itself is a great source of vitamins and minerals including calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. Regular consumption of bone broth not only helps to strengthen bones including teeth and jawbones but also protects the joints as the gelatine in the broth helps increase the amount of collagen in the bone tissues.

 

It’s Time To Save Your Pearly Whites


Why go through pain and spend so much money on dental treatment when you can use natural ways to prevent cavities and heal tooth decay. Tooth decay can be reversed while the cavities are in the early stages. Do not allow the tooth decay to continue until pain is felt in the tooth, which by then the cavity is too large and cannot be remineralised. In this case, a visit to the dentist is inevitable.

Yes, it is possible to keep your natural teeth for life. The first step in saving your teeth is to develop and maintain an oral health routine. Maintaining a healthy set of teeth requires lifetime care. Just like we need to wash our body and hair daily, we will need to follow a daily oral hygiene routine to keep our teeth clean and healthy.

Food and supplements play a part in providing nutrients to our body including our teeth. Develop a habit to eat healthy foods and beverages and avoid foods that harm our teeth. Take supplements containing vitamins and minerals that help our teeth to remineralise and keep our gums healthy.

Get into the habit of rinsing your mouth after each meal to get rich of food particles. Floss or use an interdental brush for food that stuck in between the teeth. If you have taken foods or drinks with high acidity such as citrus fruits and soda water, rinse your mouth immediately after consuming such foods to get rid of the acid from your mouth.

Thus, saving and maintaining your natural teeth is simply about good eating habits and having a good oral hygiene. Being able to maintain these two good habits ensure that you have your pearly white with you for life.

 

Heal Teeth Naturally – Without Expensive Dental Treatments

Heal Teeth Naturally – Without Expensive Dental Treatments

Can you heal teeth naturally? With the ongoing expensive dental treatments, people are searching for ways to heal teeth naturally.

Tooth DecayTooth enamel is the outer most layer of the tooth. It is a hard coating that protects the tooth from any infection. Below the enamel is the dentin, which is a softer layer and the most prone to cavities. When the tooth enamel erodes, it exposes the dentin to acid in the mouth. The acid eventually causes the tooth to form cavities, which if left untreated will get bigger, exposing the root and pulp of the tooth. When this happens, the tooth becomes painful. Most dentists will tell you that once a tooth is damaged, it is lost forever. And he or she will treat the tooth decay by drilling and filling up the cavity or if the root and pulp of the tooth have been damaged, a root canal is recommended. Such dental treatments may be harmful to health and they are not permanent solutions to strong and healthy teeth.

 

Heal Your Teeth Without Going to the Dentist. Possible?


Once a tooth is damaged or has a cavity, it has cannot heal on its own. This is what has been taught to everybody. However, dentists have reported seeing, damaged teeth that heal naturally without any medical aid. It is believed that if a cavity is small, it is possible for the tooth to heal on its own. Some people who believe that teeth are bones and bones can heal and regenerate. So, a tooth cavity if left alone can heal itself, it is just that we never give it a chance. As soon as a cavity is discovered, it is quickly filled up with some metal or porcelain.

There are many accounts of people who had their teeth heal naturally using different methods without any medical intervention. There was the case of all front teeth with badly damaged enamel completely replace while during fasting. There are instances of broken teeth growing back while on a natural food diet. Some people on raw food diet even reported regrowing their lost tooth.

 

Some People Believed That It Is Possible


Some people believed that the human body has the natural ability to regenerate and restore itself to health. Given the right conditions, it can recover from a disease, wounds can heal itself and bones regrow. So, it is the same with our teeth if given the chance to do so. We need to feed our bodies with the right nutrients so that it can do the job of healing itself. We have to stop doing things that are damaging to the teeth and feed our bodies with the right nutrients so that it can heal teeth naturally.

Many organic ways to heal dental cavities have been experimented by people in search of ways and means to repair their teeth naturally without having to undergo expensive dental treatments. These methods use natural ingredients and herbs and there have been documented accounts of individuals who have successfully used these to repair their teeth naturally. Such successes have also prompted manufacturers of oral hygiene products to come up with toothpaste and mouth rinse using natural products such as liquid calcium, baking soda, tea tree oil, xylitol and silica. In fact, researchers in recent years have been testing methods to repair teeth and even regrow teeth to replace the lost ones. The idea behind these methods is to assist the teeth to heal itself naturally.

 

Research Into Ways To Heal Teeth


In recent years, scientists have been doing extensive researches into ways to heal teeth naturally. Researchers are looking for alternatives to metal fillings, dentures and dental implants. Over time, dentures erode the underlying bone, dental fillings need to be replaced and dental implants are likely to fall out after many years of use. The tooth being able to repair itself or even regrow a new tooth is a healthier and cheaper alternative for most people.

The following are some known researches conducted by scientists:

1.Crystal Implants
Crystals contain calcium are implanted into dental cavities. The decayed tooth will use the calcium to regenerate and heal itself. Once this experiment is successful, it looks to replace the traditional fillings used. Currently, the metal fillings used by dentists need to be replaced when they are worn out. This natural way to repair teeth is the permanent solution.

2. Helsinki Research
If vertebrates can replace their lost teeth, can we get mammals to do the same? Researchers from the University of Helsinki have shown that it is possible to induce continuous tooth regeneration in mammals. The Wnt signaling pathway is important for the development of embryo and is used for cell communication. By stimulating this signaling pathway in a mouse, the researchers have successfully enabled the mouse to develop a number of new teeth, complete with dentin, tooth enamel and roots. This research raises the hope of possible continuous tooth regeneration in humans.

3. Stem Cells
A number of scientists are finding ways to regrow teeth using stem cells. Researchers from the Tokyo University of Science reported that they have successfully grown a tooth bud from stem cells taken from mouse embryos. The tooth bud was then transplanted into the liver of an adult mouse, where the increased blood helped to further develop the tooth. Finally, the tooth is inserted into an empty tooth cavity of the mouse, in which it grew to its full size.On the other hand, researchers at the Craniofacial Development at King’s College, London used stems from bone marrow to form teeth and then transplanted them into tooth cavities of mice. However, obtaining stem cells from human bone marrow is a painful process and the researchers are still looking for better accessible stem cells that are able to form teeth.An article in the Journal of Dental Research described how researchers used enzymes to isolate immature tooth cells from pigs and then placed the cells inside rats to develop. Within thirty weeks, small tooth crowns complete with dentin and enamel were formed.

4. Low-Intensity Pulsed Ultrasound (LIPUS) Technique
Ultrasound, the safe and less expensive form of diagnostic imaging widely used in the medical field. What a lot of people did not know is that the high-intensity acoustic waves of ultrasound have healing effects. Ultrasound has been known to trigger the growth of stem cells. Stems cells will generate the growth of tissues. Dr. Tarek El-Bialy, an orthodontist from the University of Alberta’s dentistry faculty in research using ultrasound to lengthen the lower jaws in rabbits. The experiment was successful and he also found that teeth have started to grow as well. He then progresses to a study on human beings to see if ultrasound could be used to stop damage to the roots of teeth for those who wear braces. The result of this study showed that the tooth which was given a dosage of ultrasound daily was not damaged and it actually had more dental tissue than previously.However, there was a problem with the fact that the ultrasound device was very big and during the experiment, the subject had to hold it in his mouth for 20 minutes daily. Together with a team from the engineering faculty, they design an ultrasound device that is tiny enough to sit inside a person’s mouth. This device called low-intensity pulsed ultrasound, in short LIPUS is less than a centimeter long and is powered by a tiny battery. It can be used for various purposes. One idea to have the device embedded in bandages, to heal bones naturally.Further research is being carried out on using LIPUS to regrow pulp and dentin at a faster rate for senior people. So far, Dr. El-Bialy has only been successful in the growth of the inner teeth but not the enamel. Further research is being carried out on the use of ultrasound to repair damaged or broken teeth.

 

Using Natural Ingredients To Heal Teeth


Some people practise using natural ingredients to maintain and heal their teeth to keep them healthy and strong. Some methods of using natural ingredients include the following:

  1. Brush teeth with sea salt. Sea salt is healing and can reverse tooth sensitivity. Some brands of toothpaste Thyme to heal gum diseasescontain sea salt.
  2. Natural food diets. Some people who are on raw food diets have reported having their tooth cavities filled up naturally and some even reported that missing teeth have regrown.
  3. Take at least 5gm of xylitol daily. Studies have shown that frequent use of xylitol repair tooth decay and regenerates receding gum.
  4. Using various herbs such as thyme, licorice and myrrh to heal gum diseases and prevent plaque formation.
  5. Rinse mouth with warm saltwater at least twice a day. The saltwater will easily remove any food lodged in the tooth and kill any bacteria that may be causing tooth decay.
  6. Some people have tried using calcium powder to fill up the tooth cavity to assist the tooth to heal on its own.

 

Going The Natural Way


There are many people including some dentists believed that our teeth can heal on its own. To help our teeth heal naturally, we need to change our eating habits and practise the correct oral hygiene habits. Eating the right type of food, avoid sugary foods and practise good oral hygiene will help to prevent to cavity and help the tooth remineralised.

Through the right diet and good oral hygiene habits, we can help heal our teeth naturally and it is cheaper and better way than expensive dental habits. So why not go the natural way.

About Me

About Me

Welcome to naturaltoothrepair.com

This blog is all about natural ways to keep our teeth strong and healthy. Some of us are blessed with good and strong teeth while others may have problems with their teeth and require a lot of dental care. God has provided us through nature with a lot of plants and herbs that can cure us and improve our health in general. My mission here is to find out more about how we can improve our dental health using natural ingredients and ways.

 

I Hate Going to the Dentist


Visit The DentistSome people have fears about going to the dentist and I am one of them. In junior school or what is called primary school in my country, we were forced to go to the dentist every school term. The dental equipment in the old days was rather intimidating as the drilling sounds and the scraping of teeth simply aggravates one’s fear about the dentist.  It was due to such fear that I avoid going to the dentist as much as possible. Of course, this took a toll on my dental health.

The dislike of having to spend a torturing time in the dentist chair and as well as a lot of money to get my teeth fixed sets me on the road to look for alternative ways to improve my dental health. I was thinking: “If bones can heal, why not our teeth?”; “What must we eat and/or do to help our teeth heal on its own?”.

As I look for information about natural ways to heal teeth, I thought it will be good to document the facts and figures and share them here with my readers. I hoped that some of the information that I shared here is useful to those who are looking for alternative ways to better oral health.

 

How Can We Have Healthy Teeth Without Spending A Fortune?


It would be nice to have healthy teeth and even nicer if one does not need to pay a lot of money to have that. Let us explore further and find out if it is possible to heal cavities on its own instead of going to the dentist to fill it up with some metals and synthetic products. What good oral habits must we have to keep our teeth strong and healthy and minimise our visits to the dentist?

If herbs and certain foods can heal and whiten our teeth, it is certainly much cheaper than dental treatment. There are many natural ingredients available to help us maintain our teeth healthy and clean. Some of these ingredients are found in some of the toothpaste. Ancient people have also used herbs to cure toothache and keep their teeth clean.  Using natural ingredients is not the only way to healthy teeth. We also need to maintain good oral habits and practices to keep the dental bills to the minimum.

 

Smile With Confidence


Having problems with one’s teeth can be painful not only physically but also on the pocket. It is everyone’s dreamHealthy Teeth to be able to maintain good looking teeth without burning a hole in their pockets.

Having good oral health helps maintain our appearance and allows us to smile confidently and this has positive impact our social lives and relationship.  I looked forward to sharing what I have learned about alternative ways to healthy teeth and how we can maintain good oral health throughout our life.

If you have any questions or anything to share, feel free to leave them below and I look forward to hearing from you.

All the best,

Helen

Founder of naturaltoothrepair.com