We all want to keep our teeth, have healthy gums and fresh breath. Holistic oral health advocates say we can achieve such things by pulling, scraping, and rinsing.
Oil pulling simply means to rinse the mouth with oil so that bacteria is pulled away from all inner surfaces. You can swish one tablespoon of coconut oil around for fifteen minutes then spit it out. Its natural antibacterial, lauric acid, will rid the mouth of unwanted germs.
It’s also an antifungal which kills the yeast, candida albicans, found to cause tooth decay in children. Coconut oil pulling also reduces the amount of plaque on the teeth and can lower the risks of gingivitis.
Be sure to spit out the oil, after swishing, you want the bacteria to go down the drain, not your throat.
Scraping is a technique many of us have done for years, with our toothbrushes. However, scraping the holistic way utilizes a steel device to do the job. It’s a U-shaped wire having rubber grips on either end to grasp as you scrape it over the tongue. This will help remove toxins left behind after brushing.
Rinse the tongue cleaning scraper well after each use and allow it to air dry.
The old and new of rinsing to oral health
We can still use the tried and true method of a warm, salt-water rinse to soothe the gums and to ward off the spread of bacteria. But there’s another old friend waiting for its chance. Apple cider vinegar.
Apple cider vinegar is an antifungal, antibacterial, and antimicrobial. That means it helps in the fight against tooth decay, gum disease and the build-up of plaque. It’s also a disinfectant that can be used to clean dentures and helps to guard against denture stomatitis.
To make your own rinse, add 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to one 8oz. glass of warm water. Swish and gargle the liquid to remove food particles and to kill bacteria, then spit out.
Holistic oral health practices provide a natural and cost-effective switch from the over-the-counter methods and produce proven results. Why not give them a try?