Natural Tooth and Gum Care

 Since America is the leading country in water fluoridation, we have a much harder time avoiding it. Most other countries decide not to fluoridate their water. Not because they haven’t heard of the “miraculous” benefits it has on your teeth but they don’t think adding a known toxin to their public water system is a good idea. Surprising, there’s no discernible difference in tooth decay in countries that don’t fluoridate their water compared to countries that do. Even the CDC acknowledges that the only justifiable benefit fluoride has to teeth comes from topical contact, not from ingesting. Thankfully, as more and  more people become aware of how detrimental fluoride is to our health, more than 75 communities in America and Canada have voted to end fluoridation.

Since fluoride is an endocrine disrupter, it affects your bones, brain, thyroid gland, pineal gland, and even your blood sugar. There have been over 34 human studies and 100 animal studies that link fluoride with lower IQ, brain damage, and a wide variety of health problems including cancer, arthritis, dementia, diabetes, and infertility. Over 40% of American teens have dental fluorosis. A condition that changes the tooth enamel caused by long term ingestion of fluoride in the years their teeth are forming. This usually means that the teens are over exposed to fluoride due to fluoridated water, toothpastes, tea, processed beverages/foods, supplements, or fluoridated drugs. If there is visible damage to your teeth due to fluoride, you can guarantee that it is damaging other parts of your body.

The FDA has not approved any fluoride supplements. Any supplement gone in for review by the FDA has been rejected.       “So with fluoridation, we are adding to the water a prescription-strength dose of a drug that has never been approved by the FDA,” FAN noted. Though some communities have “naturally” occurring fluoride in their water supplies, the fluoride “supplement” added to most water supplies, tooth paste, supplements, etc. is actually fluorosilicic acid, which is captured in air pollution control devices of the phosphate fertilizer industry. As FAN reported, “This captured fluoride acid is the most contaminated chemical added to public water supplies, and may impose additional risks to those presented by natural fluorides. These risks include a possible cancer hazard from the acid’s elevated arsenic content, and a possible neurotoxic hazard from the acid’s ability–under some conditions–to increase the erosion of lead from old pipes.” 

Since fluoridation is a form of disease control (tooth decay) the FDA qualifies it as a medicine. Fluoride is the only medicine added to our water supply. Many European nations opted out of adding fluoride to their public drinking water because they felt that medicating through the public water supply was inappropriate. Water fluoridation is a form of mass medication and denies the right to informed consent. Some people would argue that adding fluoride the water supply is no different than adding vitamin D to milk. I disagree since fluoride is not an essential nutrient.

 

I discovered all of the horrors of fluoride a couple of years ago and decided to cut as much fluoride as I possibly could out of our lives and take a more natural approach to caring for my teeth. Below I share recipes and methods for natural teeth and gum care.

Homemade toothpaste

Making our own toothpaste has saved so much money and I know exactly what is going into it. Some “natural” toothpastes out there you need to wary of because they may still contain chemical surfactants. The tooth powder recipe I use is adapted from Wellness Mama’s Remineralizing Tooth Powder Recipe and it works awesomely. Another tooth powder recipe I may try here soon is Mommypotamus’s Tooth Powder recipe

If you aren’t into making your own toothpaste, Redmond’s makes an Earth paste that comes in five different “flavors” and is completely natural. This toothpaste is also baking soda free for those interested.

I have gone back to regular tooth paste once in the last 3 years and I will never go back again. It was amazing how soon my teeth would become covered in plaque, how easily my gums bled, and how sensitive my teeth became. It didn’t take me long to decide to make a batch of tooth powder. Now if I’m in a bind because I don’t have the time to make a batch of the homemade toothpowder, I just use baking soda and peppermint essential oil. My teeth feel amazingly smooth and clean and my mouth feels fresh after brushing. Not only do my teeth feel better, but I feel better knowing that I am doing what’s best for my health by avoiding conventional toothpastes filled with chemical surfactants, fluoride, glycerin, and preservatives. 

 

Oil Pulling

Although I haven’t tried this yet, it has AMAZING benefits:

Whiter teeth

Fresher breath

Cures tooth decay

Heal bleeding gums

Cure throat dryness

Heal cracked lips

Strengthen gums and jaw

 

To use this method you place 1-2 tsp of coconut, olive, or sesame oil into your mouth with 1-2 drops antibacterial essential oils (like clove, tea tree, or peppermint. These are optional) and swish for 20 minutes. 20 minutes is the prime time to oil pull as it allows enough time for the oil to dissolve the plaque and absorb bacteria and toxins from your mouth but isn’t long enough for your body to reabsorb them. 

Here’s how to oil pull:

1. Place 2 tsp organic oil in your mouth with essential oils, if desired. Swish gently for 20 minutes. This doesn’t need to be a vigorous action. Just gently move the oil in between your teeth and around your mouth as you go about your normal morning routine.

2. Spit oil in trash. The oil should be milky white in color.

3. Rinse mouth out with warm water to remove the rest of the oil.

4. Brush your teeth as normal.

 

If you’re wanting to know even more about oil pulling, I suggest you go read these two articles-

Oil Pulling for Natural Health

Oil Pulling Benefits Whiter Teeth and Better Breath

These two articles were also my sources of the information shared with you on oil pulling.

 

Natural Teeth Whiteners

Activated charcoal, ironically since it’s black, is a great natural teeth whitener. All you do is dip your damp tooth brush in activated charcoal powder and brush your teeth for 5 minutes. Rinse your mouth and follow by brushing with tooth paste. Repeat daily until you get the desired affect. 

Not only does this help whiten your teeth, it also improves the health of your mouth since activated charcoal absorbs and traps toxins and bacteria. Using activated charcoal, homemade tooth powder, and oil pulling in addition to a change in diet can help reverse cavities. 

I tried this and noticed my teeth were a shade whiter after just one time of doing this. I’ve tried the whitening strips before and all they really seemed to do was make my teeth sensitive. 

 

Natural Treatment of Gum Disease

If you have problems with gum disease or sensitive teeth and/or gums, applying these methods will help heal your gums and strengthen  your teeth and gums. Dr. Axe has an article where he shares 5 natural remedies to heal gum disease.

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