Did you know that good oral health can actually affect the rest of your body? According to the Mayo Clinic, without proper dental hygiene your body will not be able to keep the bacteria in your mouth at a healthy level. This could lead to infection and gum disease.
Tartar, build up on your teeth from foods and bacteria, make it harder for you to properly clean your teeth, WebMD says. This increases your risk of cavities and infections. While doctors recommend a professional cleaning from your dentist every six months, there are a few natural remedies you can do at home to help reduce buildup on your own.
Apply Cider Vinegar
Health Tips Portal suggests soaking your toothbrush in apple cider vinegar and then brushing your teeth as usual. Rinse your mouth well. Aim to do this once or twice per week as the apple cider vinegar can damage your teeth if it’s left on too long or used too often.
Brush with Baking Soda
Swap your regular toothpaste for a little baking soda and a pinch of salt to remove tartar build up on your teeth. Positive Med also recommends making a mouthwash from baking soda by mixing 1/2 cup of baking soda, 1 cup of water, 10 drops of lemon oil, 4 teaspoons of vegetable glycerin and 1 teaspoon of Aloe Vera gel. Mix well and use once or twice a day.
Nosh on some fruits:
Grab a few of your favorite red fruits (strawberries and tomatoes to be exact) and rub them on your teeth. Let the juice stand on your teeth for five minutes to soften the buildup. Rinse your mouth with baking soda and warm water for a brighter smile. Other foods that work well include bell peppers, berries, lemons and oranges, according to Positive Med.
In addition to these simple recipes, a few changes in your routine may help too. Positive Med recommends ditching the tobacco, brushing and flossing regularly, and upping the spicy foods in your diet (to promote saliva build up and the natural cleaning process).
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