I’m always talking about eating right and taking care of your body, today let’s talk about teeth.
One of my favorite additions to my morning routine is doing what is known as oil pulling a wonderful addition to enhance my dental hygiene. Oil pulling is an Ayurveda practice. There are many health claims to oil pulling. Oil pulling is known to lead to improved health, tightening loose teeth, overcoming dry mouth, elimination of bleeding gums and known to whiten teeth.
The process is very simple and harmless. In the morning, before breakfast on an empty stomach, take one tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth without swallowing. Slowly swish the oil around without swallowing. Swish as if it was mouthwash without gargling. push and suck the oil through your teeth for 15 to 20 minutes. The swishing process will loosen the oil as it is mixed with your saliva. The oil will get thinner and turn white. If the oil has not changed in color or texture, you have not pulled long enough.
Swishing activates the enzymes which draw out toxins. You must rinse your mouth completely with tap water (and a little bit of seasalt) until you feel clear of the mixture. If you want to take it up a notch, add some essential oils to your oil such as peppermint, on guard, frankincense, clove or lemon…
Natural whitening swish: half a teaspoon of baking soda mixed with 1 cup of water, and a few drops of peppermint oil. Swish around for a few seconds and discard.
Another Ayurveda practice I use is Tongue cleaning. The ancient Ayurveda practice of tongue scraping is one that has many benefits from physical, mental, and spiritual health. An early Ayurveda text, says that by cleaning the tongue, “(this) removes foul smell, tastelessness … and by taking out dirt coated on the tongue, teeth and mouth brings relish immediately.”
The tongue should be gently scraped from back to front for 7 to 14 strokes. This is a gentle motion. Rinsing between strokes is advised.
I find that scraping my tongue daily not only helps to keep my mouth fresh and free of build up which leads to bad breath. Tongue scraping also helps to keep away unwanted food cravings by cleaning your tongue you remove that lingering food residue that leads to more eating. You can invest in a quality tongue cleaner and d it to your daily dental hygiene regimen. You can repeat this process up to three times a day.
Grab some mint leaves or parsley and chew. Yes all by themselves! Swallowing is an added bonus for the digestion system. This works great for garlic or onion breath.
Electric Toothbrush or Manual Toothbrush: Dr. Michael Sesemann, former President of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, claims that “A person who brushes well with a manual will do as well as a person who brushes with an electric.”
According to WebMD.com, brushing four or more times per day can be excessive, and brushing too hard can wear away your enamel. Therefore, it is suggested to keep your brush soft. The Mayo Clinic recommends a soft-bristled toothbrush and suggests replacing it every three to four months, or sooner if it becomes worn. Allow your tooth brush to dry. Moisture leads to bacteria growth.
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