I recently completed additional training from the Intl Institute of Reflex Therapy on working with mouth issues using Reflex Therapy. As a believer in natural body care (& making it myself if I can), I wanted to share with you some simple & natural mouth care ideas to support your quest to improve your mouth. I suggest only using natural and ideally organic mouth care ingredients. Why? Because the skin DOES absorb what you put on it to a certain degree. My understanding is that the thinner the skin, the more absorbable it is - this means your lips and gums!
The basic mouth care routine includes brushing your teeth & flossing regularly. Okay, boring, you all know that but what kind of toothpaste, what kind of toothbrush and let’s add a few other ideas to consider and hopefully add to your mouth beauty routine.
You don’t need fancy toothpaste and no longer do you have to worry about putting the cap back on the tube or rolling up the tube! Instead, using a homemade or store bought tooth powder is the answer. A bonus is that tooth powders travel well. Here are some recipes for you to try;
1. Sea salt. That’s it. Just sprinkle some sea salt onto your brush and away you go.
2. Baking soda with a drop of an essential oil.
3. Mineralizing recipe: 1 tablespoon each of turmeric, activated charcoal, sea salt and finely ground eggshells or calcium carbonate.
4. Herbal tooth powder recipe: 3 parts oak bark, horsetail and peppermint, 6 parts comfrey, 1 part cloves.
Brushing with a soft toothbrush that you replace regularly (monthly is best) is the way to go. You may want to dip your brush in a tea tree/water solution or hydrogen peroxide to keep it clean.
If you use a mouthwash, try a simple sea salt water solution or just filtered water with an essential oil like tea tree oil. Aloe vera juice is another good choice.
MASSAGE YOUR GUMS
Gum disease would benefit from massaging your gums. Add 6 drops of an essential oil to 1 tablespoon of oil (coconut, sesame, olive, almond, etc). Consider any of these oils; clove oil, myrrh, frankincense, chamomile, silver fir, bitter orange or basil.
Have bad breath? While bad breath has a deeper cause, using tongue scraper can help.
Whiten teeth over time by applying an activated charcoal paste or baking soda paste to your teeth. Let it sit for 15 minutes before brushing and rinsing. Do this weekly.
Oil pulling is an Ayurvedic dental technique that involves swishing a tablespoon of oil (typically sesame, coconut or olive oil) in your mouth on an empty stomach for around 20 minutes. The theory behind oil pulling is that the oil breaks through plaque and remove toxins without disturbing the teeth or gums.
How to do: Swish for 20 minutes. Apparently the timing is key, according to Dr. Bruce Fife, author of Oil Pulling Therapy, as this is long enough to break through plaque and bacteria but not long enough that the body starts re-absorbing the toxins and bacteria. The oil will get thicker and milky as it mixed with saliva during this time and it should be creamy-white when spit out. It will also double in volume during this time due to saliva. At first, it can be difficult to make it the full 20 minutes. When done, spit oil in the trash can (not the sink as it may clog pipes). Do not swallow either as it likely contains bacteria & toxins (we hope). Rinse and brush.
TOOTH ACHE REMEDIES
OUCH! Mouth pain may be reduced by shining a red heat lamp on the affected area for 5 to 10 minutes several times a day. Hold a tablespoon of colloidal silver in your mouth by the tooth until it is mostly absorbed, spit out any excess. Topical herbs to apply on the tooth; Echinacea, ground cloves (or oil), goldenseal, oregano oil.
Last but not least is to use reflex therapy regularly. I'd be happy to design a protocol for your main concerns.