Not only that healthy teeth and gums are important for fresh breath and nice smile, but they are important for our health in general. Oral bacteria, inflammation, and similar problems can cause stroke, heart disease, kidney disease, oral cancer, irritable bowel syndrome, and diabetes.
We present you the top 10 ways for keeping your teeth and gums strong and healthy.
- Oil Pulling
It destroys mouth bacteria, prevent decay and whitening of teeth, and it’s beneficial in the plaque-induced gingivitis treatment.
Put 1 tsp. of sesame oil in your mouth and after swishing it around for 20 minutes spit it. Rinse your mouth with warm water. Do this every day on an empty stomach.
Turmeric prevents gingivitis and controls plaque.
Make a paste from ¼ tsp. turmeric and a little water, and brush your teeth with the paste several times a week.
- Guava Leaves
They are effective in the periodontal disease treatment, and are great antimicrobial, antiplaque, and anti-inflammatory agent.
Chew well several tender guava leaves, and spit them.
- Indian Lilac
It destroys bacteria which lead to plaque, cavities, gum disease, and gingivitis.
Make paste by grinding 2 or 3 Indian leaves, and brush your teeth with it couple of times a week.
- Green Tea
Green tea destroys bacteria that cause cavities, gum disease, and tooth decay, as well as prevents bad breath.
Drink 3 to 4 cups of green tea without sugar or honey every day.
Licorice root kills bacteria that cause gum disease and tooth decay.
Brush your teeth with a little powder of dried licorice root on a daily basis.
Basil destroys mouth bacteria and germs that cause bad breath, cavities, and plaque.
Make a powder from fresh basil leaves dried in the sun, and brush your teeth with the powder, or simply chew 4-5 leaves daily.
Peppermint has antibacterial and antiseptic properties, and prevents bad breath.
Place a handful of peppermint leaves in a cup of hot water, and after 30 minutes strain and rinse your mouth with it.
- Indian Gooseberry
Indian gooseberry strengthens gums, fights mouth bacteria, prevent cavities, bad breath and tooth decay.
Chew well 1-2 fresh Indian gooseberries daily.
Salt has antiseptic and antibacterial properties.
Prepare a mouthwash from 1 teaspoon of salt and glass of warm water, and rinse your mouth with it at least once a day.