I don’t know how about you, ladies, but I’m dreaming about an American smile, so white that it blinds the rest. I’m sure you all do. Smiling is part of our life and we smile a lot during the day. Having a shiny smile is not that difficult and complicated as it might seem. All we need to do is to brush twice our teeth daily, floss them and eat food that stimulates oral health.
1. Cranberry Juice:
Cranberries are delicious both in natural or jam form. This fruit is proven to be very helpful against gingivitis, due to its antiseptic properties. Cranberries prevent the bacteria sticking to your teeth and dissolves the tartar. Since gingivitis is caused by bacteria development, this disease is controlled with cranberries. It is recommended to consume pure cranberry juice for this matter, without additives and sugar. However, be careful with this juice, as it is very acidic and should not be used daily for these purposes. Doctors recommend rinsing our teeth after consuming it. Moreover, avoid consuming cranberry juice if you have kidney stones or take blood-thinning medicines. As a seasonal remedy, this treatment is the best, especially for those who love cranberries. Nevertheless, be careful and consult with a doctor before drinking this juice in order to get rid of gingivitis.
2. Baking Soda:
Baking soda is my hero. I use it all the time. It has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, which make it an amazing antiseptic and great cleansing product. You can use it as a face scrub, its abrasive texture will wash away the dead skin cells and other impurities. It can be used as a deodorant, as it neutralizes the odors you emanate with sweating, as a head cleaner and as a teeth whitener. Baking soda neutralizes the acids in the mouth, kills germs, mops up unpleasant odors and, thus, helps sweeten your breath and keeps your gums healthy. Also, it reduces the risk of teeth decay and gum disease. Moreover, it prevents infections, so you can rinse your mouth with baking soda water as a prophylactic measure. Dip your toothbrush into baking soda and brush your teeth with it. However, avoid doing this action daily, as the abrasive agent might harm your teeth if used in excess.
Garlic is a vegetable used in culinary, but also in medicine. It improves your immunity, thus, it is very difficult to catch a cold and other viruses in winter. Also, due to its anti-inflammatory properties, you can clean your body from the inside, one of the examples being garlic enema, used to cleanse the colon. Garlic contains a unique combination of flavonoids, as well as sulfur-containing nutrients, which make them efficient natural health solutions. By using garlic for treating gingivitis, you will reduce the inflammation, eliminate infection, ease pain and facilitate the treatment of gingivitis. In order to benefit from this amazing remedy, you need to boil about 4 cloves in a cup of water. Strain the liquid and let it cool down for a little bit. Sip on the resulting liquid and gargle it for a few seconds. Repeat 3-4 times daily and enjoy the results. As another option, you can mash the garlic and place it over the infected area. Both options are efficient.
4. Salt Water:
Salt has the same effects as the baking soda. I have heard that one can brush the teeth with salt, and the abrasive texture will whiten them. However, soda is softer compared to salt, and by doing so you might harm your gums instead of healing them. Salt has antiseptic and antibacterial properties and is effective in treating gum disease. It can treat any swollen or inflamed gums, draw infections out of abscesses and stop the growth of bacteria. You can use salt water as a mouthwash. These products are usually very expensive, so try replacing them with a cheaper and natural option. All you need to do is to dissolve half of teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water and rinse your mouth with it. Gargle this mix while rinsing, this will make your breath fresh. Also, this remedy can be used in other oral infections as well, not just gingivitis.
Flossing is highly recommended in order to have a nice, beautiful and healthy smile. Some people forget to brush their teeth before bed, while others forget to floss. Please, don’t ignore these two processes, as by doing them regularly you reduce gum infections by 60%. Floss between your teeth and gums and remove leftover food and plaque. Our toothbrush doesn’t reach such areas, it deals with larger zones while the dental floss reaches these unreachable areas without any problems. If you don’t floss, the food that deposits between the teeth turns into a favorable area for bacteria development. Then caries starts developing. This leads to other more serious problems and even teeth decay. Notice what a simple action can cause. Take care of your teeth and give them a good floss daily.
6. Clove Oil:
Clove oil is extracted from clove plant, which originates in India and Indonesia. This oil has been used as a dental-alternative medicine for quite some decades and is very efficient against affected teeth. The clove oil has analgesic and antibacterial properties, which makes it an amazing pain reliever. This oil deals with mouth infections, preventing bacteria from spreading, thus, treating gum diseases. In order to benefit from the effects of this plant, you should dip a cotton ball into this oil and rub gently against the infected area. As an alternative, you can both chew on cloves to relieve pain and add a few drops of clove oil in a cup of water to make a mouthwash. Be careful not to swallow the mouthwash. By the way, you should feel a burning sensation when rubbing your affected gums with clove oil, but don’t worry, because this is part of the healing process.
7. Aloe Vera Pulp:
The benefits of aloe vera are well known and broadly discussed, tested and tried out. But aloe vera is not beneficial only for skin beauty, it is also a great product against gingivitis. This plant has both antibacterial and antifungal properties, which include it in our top. Aloe vera reduces periodontal indices, gingival bleeding, and plaque indices. You can make an aloe vera mouthwash and improve your oral health with this natural remedy. Scrub the aloe vera gel from the plant, mash it, extract the juice, and mix it with a glass of water. Rinse your teeth with this mix daily and notice amazing results. Also, you can take the gel and apply it directly on the affected gum. Leave for 10 minutes and gargle with cold water. Repeat this action two or three times per day until you notice results, which should appear within a few days. I hope you all have an aloe vera plant at home, because it is the answer to all our prayers.