Your Palos Heights Dentist Recommends Non-Toxic Natural Oral Care Tips
Organic and natural products are becoming more and more popular with the continual research and links between adverse side effects and exposure to toxins and chemicals. You’ve seen it in the grocery stores, beauty aisles, cleaning supplies and even on our clothing labels. With all of the craze for organic and natural, dental care is not far behind. There are all natural toothpaste brands and organic mouth rinses, but all those aside there are also completely natural mouth care tips that patients can easily implement at home.
Of course, these tips should not replace your daily brushing with toothpaste, flossing and rinsing with mouthwash. Merely a supplement to your oral care routine, drinking plenty of water is the most natural and inexpensive thing you can do for your mouth. Water helps to remove leftover particles of food and stimulate saliva production. Flavored water, lemon water and enriched sports drinks are not as effective. If you can’t give up the flavored water, try adding a drop or two of citrus oils, which cause much less damage to your teeth.
For a natural after-dinner palate cleanser, try drinking herbal, red, white or green tea. Green tea is especially beneficial for its polyphenol compounds, which tends to be especially effective at inhibiting bacteria growth in the mouth. Try to avoid black tea as it leads to deeper stains on the teeth. Patients can also try consuming Vitamin C, which contains ascorbic acid to help prevent gingivitis and tooth loss. Additionally, patients can naturally sweeten their breath by chewing on a cinnamon stick for its bacteria-fighting essential oil. Smoking and nail biting habits can also be curbed with this trick!
Your Palos Heights dentist hopes that all of our patients have the best oral hygiene. Don’t forget that the most important part of your oral hygiene is bi-annual visits to your Palos Heights dentist. We’ll be sure to give your teeth a thorough cleaning and check for any evidence of gum disease, tooth decay and other oral health issues. Make an appointment by clicking here or give us a call at (708) 403-9848.