This is a topic that I get a lot of questions about: How can we better take care of our oral health with natural remedies? I’ve used natural remedies to care for my teeth and gums for a long time. I finally visited a dentist about a year ago, and they couldn’t believe that I hadn’t been to the dentist in about 10 years, because my teeth were in such good condition.
With how many toxins are found in today’s beauty products, including toothpastes and mouthwashes, it’s more important than ever to find good alternatives.
So let’s talk about natural remedies for healthy teeth and gums. These are the top 10 natural remedies for healthy teeth and gums.
1. Clove oil.
This oil is good for both ear and tooth aches. Clove oil has been used for generations to relieve pain from toothache. It is a powerful oil that kills bacteria, and has even been used to promote healthy gums.
Cardamom has been used as a natural remedy for tooth decay. It is a good source of cineole, a strong antiseptic that kills bacteria responsible for bad breath and tooth decay.
3. Cranberry Juice/Extracts.
There has been recent significant evidence that cranberry juice actually helps in the fight against tooth decay. A compound in the fruit blocks bacteria from sticking to the teeth, which inhibits the growth and build up of plaque.
Goldenseal tinctures have been used to help prevent and fight canker sores. Use a tincture of goldenseal and apply it directly for infections, canker sores, and ulcers of the mouth.
Turmeric has also been a long-used remedy for canker sores. Try Turmeric powder mixed in warm water and swish it around in your mouth for a few minutes. It has many medicinal properties such as anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antimicrobial that can help in dental and oral care.
6. Tea Tree Oil.
Tea Tree Oil has been shown to be a good remedy for gingivitis, receding gums, and/or sensitive teeth. A few drops of Tea Tree Oil on a clean wet toothbrush, or applied to the gums with a cotton swab daily, works as a good remedy for problematic gums and sensitive teeth.
7. Coconut Oil.
Swishing coconut oil around in the mouth has been shown to help whiten teeth naturally as well as fight bad breath and gum disease. You can read up more on how to whiten teeth naturally with coconut oil here.
8. Neem Oil.
Neem oil is is a powerful antibacterial oil that prevents the growth of unfriendly bacteria and yeast in the mouth. This promotes both healthy gums and teeth.
9. Grapefruit Seed Extract.
This amazing stuff has actually been shown to remineralize your teeth and make them stronger. Just keep in mind that it should always be diluted and not used at full strength or you’ll end up burning your mouth. Not fun! Dilute it in some neem oil or coconut oil and swish around in the mouth 1-2 times a day.
10. Colloidal Silver.
A recent study has shown that alcohol in oral care products may actually be the cause of oral cancers. Since the main purpose of alcohol in these products is to kill certain bacterias that other products can’t, it’s important to find an alternative. Colloidal Silver kills the bacteria populations known as Streptococcus mutans, which are the evils behind dental cavities and plaque and can even make their way to the heart and cause dangerous cardiac issues.
Natural Toothpaste Recipe for Healthy Gums and Teeth
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1 tsp ground cloves or 5-10 drops clove essential oil
- 5 drops tea tree oil
Combine ingredients and use the paste to clean your teeth and gums at least twice a day.
Note: If you can’t handle the flavor, you can add some xylitol powder for sweetening, and a drop or two of peppermint oil.
Where To Purchase These Products
I purchase most of my oils and products locally or from the following sites:
What do you think about these remedies that I’ve listed? Do you have any other natural remedies that you would recommend? What about a DIY toothpaste recipe?