When it comes to our overall health, our mouths are one of the last things we think about. The mouth contains plenty of compounds and chemicals that help it heal wounds faster that they would heal on other parts of the body, making it easy to neglect this area.
We should all pay more attention to our oral health however, as it can be a good indicator of our health in general.
Our mouths are similar to our stomach and guts in that they are both full of good and bad bacteria, competing for this limited space in our mouths.
Certain foods we eat, flossing, brushing and rinsing all influence the nature of this bacteria, and the effects that arise from them as a result. Bad bacteria can cause our gums to recede, can cause tooth decay and can even cause our teeth to fall out.
The silver lining here is that our mouths are very adaptable, and some of these issues can be easily taken care of if you know how to go about doing so.
Here are some things you can do to improve your oral health, which will in turn help to reduce your chances of getting nasty diseases.
Green tea is very effective in fighting against gum disease and receding gums. Studies have shown that drinking just one cup of green tea a day decreased periodontal depth, improved attachment to the teeth and also reduced bleeding.
Not only did researchers find that one cup was enough to maintain gum health, but the more you drink the better the effects.
As long as you aren’t adding an excessive amount of additional sugar or milk to your tea which can make it unhealthy, you can consume as many cups as you wish.
Vitamin C has been well known as an effective fighter against gum disease for centuries. It is the reason why sailors kept lemons and limes on their ships, to fight off scurvy.
Vitamin C helps to fight off gum disease because it is essential in the production of collagen, the tissue that holds our teeth in place. Vitamin C also helps to reduce inflammation associated with gum disease which can be painful.
The best source of vitamin C believe it or not are red peppers, which can have upward of 600% of the vitamin C we need daily. Other good sources of vitamin C are lemons, limes, oranges and other citrus fruits.
Aloe Vera is well known for its awesome healing properties when it comes to external wounds, so it really isn’t too much a surprise to see it listed as an effective tool against gum disease.
Taking just 100 mg of Aloe Vera daily can help to heal the gums and prevent them from receding further. Aloe Vera can be used in the form of toothpaste, gels, mouthwash, juice or supplements.
Aloe Vera is also useful in reducing inflammation of the gums as well, which further accelerates the healing process.
4-Mouthwash with Oil
This may sound gross but rinsing your mouth with oils can be effective in reducing oral inflammation, receding gums, and gum disease itself.
Certain oils, like oregano oil for instance have very strong antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that help facilitate the healing of the gums themselves.
Washing your mouth with oil can be an effective way to reduce the chance of getting disease from infection as well. When your gums are receding, they are essentially allowing the newly exposed portions of your teeth and mouth open for attack by foreign invaders.
Oils can be as effective as other germicidal mouthwashes, and helps to remove other toxins from the body as well.
Amla may be something you have never heard of, also referred to as Indian Gooseberries. Amla is rich in vitamin C and also has other compounds which positively influence the growth and restoration of connective tissue.
Amla like the oils listed here are very effective in killing off germs and regulating the immune system.
This gooseberry is also has anti-inflammatory properties which can help reduce pain and inflammation associated with receding gums and other oral diseases. It also contains a high concentration of antioxidants which fight oxidative stress and free radicals which are the cause for cell damage.
Cell damage as the result of receding gums or gum disease can lead to cancer, which eating amla can help to prevent.