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Recipes For A Healthy Mouth

Oct 17, 2013

by Felicia Papier

I do a lot of cupcake baking.  I mean a lot.  I have many recipes committed to memory.  But what I fail to remember after eating all of these delicious calorie culprits is to brush and floss.  I want to savor those sweet tastes as long as possible.  There’s only one problem with that… the remnants of those little cakes are just sitting in my mouth eating my teeth.  Uh oh.  Maybe this toothpaste is the answer??? Ok, probably not that alone for sure.


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All month Dean has given you natural ways to keep your teeth healthy.  I decided to continue the trend by providing easy “dental recipes” that you can make at home!  Especially since you and I both know that eating cupcakes will never cease because not indulging in sweets is just unnatural.  

In 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that one out of every two American adults over the age of 30 has periodontal disease.  Periodontitis is an infection in the gums that destroys the soft tissue and bone that support your chompers. When your gums weaken, your teeth start to loosen.  It’s cool to lose a tooth biting into an apple when you are 5, not 35.  Here are a couple of ingredients from your cupboards that will help strengthen those teeth.

Black Pepper & Turmeric

  • Combine even amounts of both spices in a small bowl
  • Using a mortar and pestle crush the two together until you have a fine powder
  • Massage the mixture onto your gums for 1 to 2 minutes
  • Avoid eating or drinking for 30 minutes after the treatment

  • Table Salt & Mustard Oil

  • Combine 1/8 tsp salt with 2 drops of oil
  • Massage the mixture onto your gums for 1 to 2 minutes
  • Rinse your mouth with cool water
  • Avoid this treatment if you have cuts or sores in your mouth.  However, this begs the question of rinsing with warm salt water to heal canker sores.

  • Amla Fruit

  • Amla fruit strengthens the gums and supports the health of connective tissue
  • Mix even amounts of amla extract with cool water and stir
  • Rinse around your mouth for 1 minute. Repeat daily
  • Avoid eating or drinking for an hour after the treatment
  • We have talked a lot in the past about the foods that you eat affecting your oral health.  Not a lot of sugar, grains are a no no, use coconut oil on everything, just say CHEESE, go bonkers on your avocado intake – just to name a few!  We are proud to announce you may now add cinnamon, mint, and cloves to the list.

  • Cinnamon discourages bacterial growth in your mouth
  • Mint tastes good and is very soothing not only to your gums but your stomach
  • Clove powder is also an antibacterial and has a pleasant taste
  • Another recipe for dental health is to eat an apple a day.  Not only does it keep the doctor away, it keeps your bad breath at bay.  Maybe that’s why we always put an apple on Mr. Brumble’s desk…

    If you have little helpers who like to be in the kitchen scooping and measuring, may I suggest making your own tooth powder with them?  This is a fun way to keep them engaged in their dental health.  

    Tooth Powder recipe:

  • 4 Tablespoons Bentonite Clay
  • 3 Tablespoons Calcium Magnesium Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Baking Soda (optional)
  • 2 Tablespoons Powdered Mint Leaf (optional, or can use essential oil) - Powder in blender, food processor or coffee grinder
  • 1 tablespoon Cinnamon Powder 
  • 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon of Cloves Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon (or more to taste) Xylitol Powder
  • Essential oils for taste - completely optional but Peppermint, Spearmint and Cinnamon are good
  • Going to the dentist sporting your new dental plan from Dental Insurance Store should also be part of your process whether you use natural remedies or not.  Now, there are some folks who just have teeth that are a dentist’s dream – they will end up in the dentist chair no matter what they do.  That’s ok, as long as they following the rules of the road when it comes to at-home dental care.  To everyone, grab a good toothbrush and some floss, make your own tooth powder, see your dentist twice a year and smile until the cows come home. Those are my words of wisdom (teeth) for the day.

    Sources: Livestrong, balancemebeautiful.com


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