In this post my husband gives us a glimpse into his weekly oral hygiene regimen.
He tells us why he started this process, how it’s going, and what it all consists of!
Weekly Oral Hygiene Regimen
Taking care of your teeth is quite important. And finding the right way to clean and cleanse the mouth is not an easy task. The mouth the gums the teeth the saliva the tongue are all in a dynamic balance and mirror the health of the rest of the body and vice versa.
Growing up I never liked going to the dentist, it hurt and was scary, and having someone all up in your teeth asking questions and cleaning blood from your gums was not on the 10 ten.
I always remember every dentist I ever went to telling me brush and floss. And especially behind my two bottom front teeth. “You have a lot of tartar back there, and its your weak spot.” I still remember when I was about 7 the dentist showing me how to brush my bottom front teeth from the back side.
Recurring tartar buildup
As I grew older I realized I did have a lot of tartar build up back behind those teeth and could never get it off myself. So for a few years I was going to the dentist every 6 months to get my teeth cleaned and keep my mouth healthy. All was good.
Then I started slipping up and not going as much and we moved away to Panama for a year so I did not get to go to the dentist. When I finally came back to the states I bought a personal oral care kit that included a dental mirror.
When I looked behind my two lower front teeth I saw some nasty tartar build up – something like this – these are not my teeth but I didn’t take a picture but it grossed me out. So I asked Jenny to use the metal dental pick to scrape it all off – and she was able to get most of it off – after about 30 minutes of scraping.
So I was happy I got a free dental cleaning!
That week I flossed my teeth and brushed often to keep my mouth clean. Then a few weeks later I looked at them again and all the tartar had built up again! I couldn’t believe it. It looked exactly the same all over again! I was disappointed and frustrated because I wasn’t sure what to do.
So let me share with you that now after almost a year of not scraping my teeth with a metal dental scraper my teeth are super clean and I have no tartar build up . This is amazing to me because I have had this condition my whole life. How can this be?
Let me just share with you what I have been doing thus far
Once a week I rinse my mouth with Coconut Oil (also called Oil Pulling) for about 20 minutes – this seems to make any tartar that is present to get soft and easily crumbles off. When I first discovered this I would feel large bits of tartar falling off my teeth. It was cool but gross at the same time.
So continuing on – what my weekly oral hygiene regimen looks like:
- I rinse with organic coconut oil once a week for about 20 minutes.
- Then I rinse my mouth out with water.
- I floss my teeth and any tartar that is there comes right off.
- Next I brush my teeth with a toothpaste I made using French Clay – Coconut Oil – Baking Soda – Ginger Powder – and an Organic Herbal Tooth Powder – Also i put a few drops of essential oils on my toothbrush – like clove – peppermint – (Thieves – Wintergreen – link to products, etc)
And that is my weekly oral hygiene regimen. During the week I mostly just brush with my homemade mud toothpaste– add a few drops of essential oils – and if I feel the need I will floss – and I also rinse my mouth with Essential Oils after I brush.
Essential Oils, diet, and more
When I first stated using essential oils to brush my teeth I did feel them cleaner but I still had the tartar – What I believe is happening is that over the course of this past year the essential oils have killed off the bad bacteria in my mouth and provided a space for the good bacteria to take over . Thus not allowing all of the tartar to accumulate.
It’s quite amazing to me because I have had this problem for such a long time and now it is gone! I can only thank the Most High God for the patience and wisdom He has brought forth to remedy this problem, to start this weekly oral hygiene regimen. Some might say this is not a big deal. But my dentist told me once that tartar in your mouth can lead to heart disease. And one common factor of people who have heart attacks is plaque and tartar in their mouth.
Another thing that has changed is my diet. I do not eat breads or wheat pasta, or even rice as much. I do feel that these foods contributed to the build up of tartar in my mouth.
So hopefully this information is valuable and useful to you and you can give thanks to the most high God of all Gods for your health and life.
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22 For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.
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7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.
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