Today I want to share all of the products and items I use as part of my all-natural dental care routine, plus the foods I eat and avoid for healthy teeth, too!
My Everyday Dental Routine 每日护牙
My everyday dental care routine involves 4 things: my toothbrush, oil pulling, mouthwash, and floss.
Toothbrush: I recently started using the most glorious bamboo toothbrush. I love it because its bristles, made from castor beans, are so soft and the whole thing is entirely biodegradable. I brush my teeth two times a day and I always brush my tongue, too.
Oil Pulling: Oil pulling is something that I do almost every morning. Oil pulling is an age-old Ayurvedic oral detoxification method that helps clean your teeth and gums naturally by swishing and swirling a spoonful of oil (coconut, sesame, or another good-quality oil) around your mouth for 15-20 minutes. The oil helps to “pull” bacteria out from between your teeth and gums, and makes everything feels super smooth and clean. Be sure to spit it out after, not swallow it!
Mouthwash: By far my most favourite mouthwash is by Essential Oxygen. I am such a big fan of its use of clove (antibacterial and traditionally used to ward off infection) as well as colloidal silver! It also contains cinnamon, peppermint, and for an all-round antimicrobial cleaning. I use mouthwash approximately 1-2 times per week.
Floss: Floss is another one of those things. I used to be terrible with flossing regularly, and although I don’t necessarily floss every single night, I do floss multiple times a week and I never regret it – my mouth always feel extra clean!
Foods I Eat & Avoid for Healthy Teeth 有益牙齿健康的饮食
Of course the things we eat and drink have an enormous influence on the health of our teeth. Not only do the foods we eat impact our teeth directly, but the nutrients (or lack there of) that we obtain also play a big role.
The foods I choose to eat and choose not to eat promote the health of my teeth, but more importantly, the overall health of my body, too:
- Tons of fresh, wholesome fruits, vegetables, fat. I make almost all of my meals and snacks from scratch.
- Plenty of dark leafy green vegetables including spinach, kale, broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables. Green vegetables provide some of the most bioavailable sources of calcium, magnesium, vitamin K and other nutrients for optimal teeth and bone health.
- Lots of fresh herbs – great for chelating heavy metals!
- Mineral-rich sea vegetables
- I drink 8 cups of filtered water per day.
- ALL refined carbohydrates and refined sugars (bread, pasta, pastries, white sugar, candy, etc.)
- Foods with artificial colours, flavours or additives
- Soft drinks and fruit juice