Aphthous ulcers are better known as canker sores, but those of us that get them and feel their effects wish we didn’t know them at all. They’re painful, they keep us from enjoying our favorite foods, and they always seem to get worse just when you don’t think they could.
As a little plant with a Latin name as compelling as Piper methysticum, or “intoxicating pepper,” kava kava certainly has a reputation. There are many questions, opinions, and misconceptions about this mystical root from the South Pacific – so let’s begin to clear them up and sort them out.
Spilanthes extract is perhaps the quickest and most effective method for combating tooth pain, though it is not as enjoyable as a nice cup of herbal tea. To use spilanthes extract, mix several drops of the extract with water and use as a mouth rinse.
One of clove’s most useful attributes is the fact that it’s a germicide – this means it is great for dental care. Although I’m not saying that eating a spicy, clove-filled brunsli cookie or a sugary piece of gingerbread is the same as brushing your teeth, clove, in its pure oil form, can be successfully incorporated into an herbal dental care routine because of its many benefits.
Bergamot (citrus bergamia) is best known for lending its strong flavor to Earl Grey tea. But, within its herbal family is another species of bergamot called Monarda (also known as bee balm, oswego, and horse mint) which has strong antiseptic properties within the stalks, leaves, and flowers.
Would you believe me if I told you that people are brushing their teeth with soap? Well, it’s true. I’ve recently spoken with several people here in California who have told me that they’ve been using Dr. Bronner’s soap to brush their teeth — some of who use it every day!
Want to naturally whiten your teeth ? I was hanging out with a friend over the weekend and he started telling me — almost out of the blue — about how awesome hydrogen peroxide was for your mouth and teeth, giving him a pearly bright smile.
You already know that diet plays a part in your overall health and well-being, but did you know that what you put into your mouth can affect your oral health? If you want to keep your chompers in good condition, here’s what to enjoy and avoid.