Recently, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about tooth care.
There is a lot to oral health, a healthy mouth is a clear reflection of a healthy body, and maintaining your oral health has been proven to affect your overall health – it’s a two-way channel.
So when I say “self-dentistry” it’s not just the way we take care of our teeth, it’s the way we take care of our bodies too. A natural and pure food diet rich in minerals and antioxidants is essential for building calcium and shiny, strong, straight white teeth. Nutrients build bones, and an alkaline diet ensures that the mouth remains clean – for it is acidity in the mouth that leads to tooth decay. Lots of chewing action (think of crunching down on a carrot) maintains a strong jaw, which is necessary for growing strong, straight teeth, at any age.
The truth is, dentistry as we know it today is somewhat of a cover up. It’s a cosmetic solution, so it never tackles the root of the problem. Your dentist will tell you to brush and floss every day, using a certain kind of toothpaste or toothbrush… but when was the last time your dentist told what kind of foods to eat to build strong teeth? Or that you can actually reverse the effect of caries and gum disease by healing your teeth and gums naturally? The dentist’s business depends upon treating the symptoms of an unhealthy mouth, so fixing the root underlying cause of re-occurring dental problems would be bad business! (Now the flouride issue is a whole other story…)
I’ll share with you some of my tips and secrets for maintaining a healthy mouth, as well as a natural, cheap and highly effective DIY toothpaste recipe (flouride free!). I’ve also been really inspired by Living Libations and their protocol for “successful self-dentistry”, so I highly encourage you to check it out. All their tooth drops and essential oils by far surpass the quality of any products I’ve tried – you’ll be blown away by the results!
One other product I’m going to rave about it the ionic toothbrush (Soladey eco solar-powered toothbrush). This toothbrush is nothing but revolutionary, and will forever change your toothcare routine. It works best when you use it in direct sunlight or another strong light source, with a bit of water – and will never require toothpaste. That’s why it works so well in combination with the essential oils. If you take some extra time to really care for and become aware of your toothcare regimen, you will see great results and in time your mouth will feel clean and refreshed like never before.
What I do is use a salt gargle first (1 tsp of himalayan salt diluted in 1 cup of water which I keep in a bottle in the washroom). Himalayan salt not only effectively kills the bacteria, but also has re-mineralizing effect. Then I brush my teeth with the Soladey toothbrush, rinse again, floss with 1 Yogi Serum drop, and brush again with the tooth powder (recipe below). Then rinse again. I do this routine regularly, sometimes in different order and combinations depending on what I feel like. The serum or tooth drops can be directly applied to affected areas (if you have some inflammation, pain or a cavity). Try it regularly and the results are magical!
Read the routine on the Living Libations website, scroll down to order their ebook for a complete and in depth guide on Successful Self Dentistry. The kit that they sell is a great value and an easy way to order all the tools you will need.
Natural Whitening Toothpaste/Tooth Powder Recipe
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp Himalayan salt (or sea salt)
- 5 drops peppermint or tea tree essential oil
- 1-2 drops of food grade hydrogen peroxide (the kind used for sprouts)
- 1 tbsp coconut oil (optional, also an excellent whitening agent)
Mix all the ingredients in a small jar. This will give you a powder, and if you want more of a paste, add the coconut oil to emulsify. You can also add a few drops of liquid stevia which has an anti-caries effect and will balance out the saltiness of the toothpaste.
Tips for Keeping a Healthy Mouth
- After a meal, clean your mouth by chewing on a stick of celery, cucumber or other crunchy green vegetable. Vegetables are alkaline so they will reduce the effect of acid wear on your teeth (acidity leads to gum inflammation and cavities).
- Try to avoid or reduce your consumption of some of the more acidic foods and drinks, especially soda drinks, pasteurized fruit juice, refined flour products (white bread, pasta, crackers, etc), red meat, coffee, tea and alcohol.
- Milk and dairy, although considered alkaline foods, can have the effect of leaching calcium from the bones when taken in excess (yes – I know, contrary to what the mainstream dairy council advertisers would have you believe! See reference article). Foods with highly absorbable amounts of calcium/will help your body create strong bones include: kale, beet greens and other dark leafy greens, the skins of cucumber and zuchini, squash, sesame seeds, hemp seeds, almonds and other nuts.
- Chew, chew, chew! The more you chew the stronger your jaw becomes, creating more space for your teeth to align and grow straighter. We are used to many soft, cooked or processed foods – but it is hard, crunchy raw vegetables, seeds and nuts that bring our awareness back to the importance of chewing and strengthening the teeth.
- One more thing you can chew on: a raw cacao bean.
Really! Cacao has amazing antioxidant properties and anti-caristatic properties that have been reinforced through numerous scientific studies. The raw bean is bitter, and often just one is enough to really refresh the mouth and kill the bacteria. Chew it slow and savour the juices for maximum effect.