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This is my personal herbal and is not meant to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any ailment or illness.
I am not a doctor in any way, shape or form.

Please consult your Care Provider before using any herbs or natural medicinals. Anyone can be allergic to anything, if you're unsure it's better not to use it. Double check everything with you Care Provider if you're pregnant or nursing.

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Saturday, July 5, 2008

Natural Tooth and Mouth Care

There are many ways we can take care of our teeth and mouths simply and naturally. Flossing, rinsing and brushing (even with water only) makes a huge difference.

Here are a few other home remedies for dental and oral health.

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Simple baking soda with mint or Tea Tree or Neem oil added makes a good brushing powder. Just mix about 1/4 t of mint oil or 1/8 t of tea tree oil to baking soda, mix well and store in jar with tight lid.

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Strawberries to whiten teeth. Simply cut the end off a strawberry and rub it on your teeth. or you can mash one and use your toothbrush.

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An old homemade toothpaste recipe is

1/4 t mint oil (spearmint or peppermint)
1/2 t rubbed garden sage
1/8 c arrow root powdered
1/8 c orris root powdered
1/8 c water

Mix all dry ingredients well then add oil, mix again. Add water slowly until a paste forms to the consistency you prefer. Store in medicine cabinet in small jar with tight lid. Recipe can be doubled or tripled depending on need. The oil can be substituted with your preference and adding Neem improves the mixture greatly.

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And a homemade mouthwash ...

Boil about 2 cups water. When the water begins to boil remove from heat and add about a Tablespoon of parsley or watercress and half of each. Cover and steep 5 to 10 minutes. Remove lid and add about 1/2 t mint oil (or to taste). You can also add clove, cinnamon or orange zest. When cooled store in a glass jar with tight lid in the fridge.

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For sore or bleeding gums, rub or brush gently with sea salt and make a warm sea salt rinse by adding about a teaspoon of sea salt to one cup warm water.

Or try using a little Neem powder on you brush and brush gently.

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Many people recommend brushing daily with salt to whiten teeth and keep them healthy but I don't. Salt is very harsh and, especially with young teeth or older teeth, the enamel can be easily damaged. It is safe to use salt sparingly tho and it makes a very healing rinse. If you do use salt more often it's best to run it thru a grinder to powder it.

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Not all toothaches or mouth problems are what they seem. often times sinus congestion or the like can cause teeth and mouth to ache, so double check if there's a problem.

5 comments:

ONNO said...

Hadn't heard about the strawberry remedy before. I'll have to try it.

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fly tie said...

nice. i'm a "brush teeth with baking soda" kinda girl. i've been meaning to try the strawberries.

(adding blog to my blog roll)

earth and sun folk said...

thanks so much for these excellent homemade recipes :D

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Mike said...

Nice suggestion of home remedies for dental care. These are so simple to make and take care of oral health. Thanks for such a nice blog.
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