Herbal Remedies for a Healthy Smile

BY SANDRA GUY

Winter’s busy activities — returning to the grind of school, work and COVID precautions — can easily throw even the most disciplined task master off of his routine.

So steel yourself and vow to stay vigilant with healthy routines in the New Year. That includes brushing and flossing your teeth.

While you’re being vigilant, why not add tried-and-true herbal remedies to your oral health tools — and teach them to your children?

That would be timely now, both as a boost to the family’s health and to recognize February as National Children’s Dental Health Month.

One natural practice, oil pulling, leverages coconut oil’s lauric acid to kill bacteria that can cause bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease. Just put a tablespoon of the coconut oil in your mouth, then swish it around for as long as you can — ideally 15 minutes. Actually, kids may be better at this than adults, especially if you turn it into a game or a fun challenge.

Cinnamon as an essential oil is antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic. Cinnamon oil also contains an antimicrobial property to help protect against bacteria that causes tooth decay.

Holistic dentists also recommend cleaning your tongue.

If you are a novice, use a gentle scraper.

Stay vigilant about flossing. It’s just as important as brushing because it helps prevent plaque and tooth decay.

Another overlooked aspect of dental hygiene is a healthy diet. So resolve to eat less sugar and fewer sticky or syrupy drinks and carbonated beverages.

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