I hate going to the dentist. I mean really, HATE it. Yes, I know its necessary, but I want to spend as least amount of time and money in there as possible. Truth be told, I’m probably nearly phobic about going. And I know I’m not alone in that. I’m going to share my tooth decay prevention plan with my goal being to stay out of the dental chair. Perhaps it can help you too.
I am diligent about going for cleanings and checkups every 6 months, with the goal being to actually stay out of the dental chair, not needing procedures. I do want healthy teeth and gums, especially as I age, and of course I don’t want bad breath.
I’ve recently been researching and implementing some natural methods to help prevent tooth decay and gum disease, in order to keep myself out that chair, at least as much as possible. I would like to share a few things I’ve been learning along the way, in hopes that it may help you and your family as well.
My first step was reading a book about curing tooth decay (link at the bottom of this post). I cannot recommend this book highly enough for literally everyone to read, but especially those who are prone to cavities and parents of children. For me, this is a life changing one! Much of it has to do with nutrition.
Homademade Toothpaste to Help Re-Mineralize Teeth
1/3 cup of Bentonite Clay
1/4 cup of boiling water
1 Tablespoon of coconut oil
1/4 teaspoon of Real Salt
1/2 teaspoon of stevia
15 Drops of Thieves blend Essential oil
10 Drops of Peppermint Essential oil
Each ingredient provides a very real benefit to your teeth and gums (except the stevia, which is to help with the taste). Simply mix all the ingredients in a glass bowl and stir with a wooden or plastic spoon. You don’t want to use metal on any of this toothpaste. Then place in small glass jar. This will be good to use for several months.
The clay helps pull toxins out of the body, coconut oil has wonderful anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties for oral health. The Real Salt provides natural minerals. The Thieves essential oil has antibiotic qualities and is good for germ killing. The peppermint oil helps to freshen breath.
When I use this I use a small wooden stick to scoop out a bit and place on my toothbrush, instead of putting my toothbrush directly into the whole batch. This avoids introducing germs to the batch.
When I first made the recipe, I couldn’t imagine brushing my teeth with it, it sounded horrible. But actually, it really doesn’t taste bad, it is very chalky in texture however. I’m amazed how clean my teeth feel after brushing with it!
Before brushing my teeth I use a waterpick. It took a little while to get the hang of it, but it is amazing. It gets rid of stuff at the gum line and in between teeth better than flossing ever could. My dental hygienist strongly recommended I add it in. There was an adjustment period while my gums toughened up, but that was faster that I imagined it would be. I’m shocked at how much food this instruments blasts out. I then brush my teeth after the waterpick.
I use Life Extension Advanced Oral Hygiene. This is an oral probiotic that aids beneficial bacteria and helps resist harmful bacteria when it first develops in the mouth. Not only does it help with oral health, it also fights bad breath.
Lastly, I’m taking a supplement called Blue Ice Royal Butter Oil / Fermented Cod Liver Oil Blend, recommended by the author of the book below.
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I’ll post an update to this tooth decay prevention post after my next dentist visit to see what they have to say about the changes I’ve made, and how I progress in my goal to stay out of the dental chair.
Until next time,
**Update – I promised to update you on my progress after my next cleaning and exam. My dentist said my teeth looked better than they ever had!