When it comes to your teeth, you should be paying attention to the products that you are using to clean your pearly whites. Keeping your tongue, gums and teeth clean should be a priority, but sadly to many it isn’t, leaving them with gingivitis and other dental health problems. In our previous post, we answered a few common questions we get asked frequently. We answered questions including, “When should you use mouthwash?”, “How long should you swish?” and “When will you see the results?” But recently we’ve been contacted about how to keep your teeth and gums clean in a more homeopathic and natural way. Here’s what our dentists have to say.
There are plenty of natural products that use all-natural resources to clean your teeth, gums and tongue. Many of these products are safe and effective, but it’s important that you understand that the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance is still studying which natural ingredients work best to fight off cavities and gum disease the best. Here are some recommendations that you can find at your local grocery store or pharmacy that the UCLA School of Dentistry has recommended you try as a natural dental alternative.
- Baking Soda (sodium bicarbonate). Baking soda is a very common household product that everyone usually has in their pantry, it’s used to eliminate odors stuck in carpets and in other fabrics around the home. However, baking soda is also found in a product American’s use daily – toothpaste! Baking soda is a great resource for removing stains; however, if you do decide to use it to whiten your teeth, proceed with caution. Baking soda, when used erratically, can damage your enamel. So be sure to speak with your dentist first.
- Peroxide (diluted). Beware that peroxide is a harsh chemical that can burn your gums and tongue if not used properly. It’s important to talk to your dental care professionals before using peroxide as a whitening agent at home because it can cause damage that will cost a pretty penny to correct. Because of this, we do not recommend you use peroxide as a whitening agent without consulting with your dentist first. In the meantime, opt for a natural toothpaste that includes peroxide as an active ingredient.
- Green Tea. If you’re not a tea drinker, you should be! Green tea has shown to be helpful to oral health because of it’s anti-inflammatory powers. It seems to help those who suffer from gum disease and has helped individuals stay clear of cavities. Not only that, but green tea is packed with antioxidants, which means that green tea drinkers can help protect against any cellular damage in their mouth. Lastly, green tea can help you keep fresh breath! But why? It’s likely to have better smelling breath when you drink green tea because the extracts in the tea kill the microbes on your tongue, cheeks, etc. that cause stinky breath.
Don’t go anywhere just yet! Stay tuned for more great tips from Woburn’s most trusted dental care team. Contact us online now to speak with a dentist!