Practices To Add Into Your Oral Hygiene Routine
Laurenn Schecter – January 2016
1. Brush for longer than you think.
Put on your favourite song or set a timer. Whatever you need to do that works, do it so that you can maintain brushing your teeth for at least 2 minutes. If you are using an electric toothbrush, when the built in brushing timer ends, press the button one more time for another round.
Make sure that during your brushing session, you reach every corner of your mouth and brush all teeth for an equal amount or time and with an equal amount of pressure. Ensure that your toothpaste doesn’t form a ball in your mouth and get stuck in one spot way at the back of your mouth.
In order to keep that from happening, spread some toothpaste over the surface of both your top and bottom teeth before starting to brush it around.
2. Use a Tongue Scraper.
Tongue Scraper removes bacteria, toxins, dead cells and food debris from the tongue. This is important because digestion begins in the mouth, at the tongue. While we sleep, our digestive system continues to detox depositing toxins on the surface of our tongue.
If we don’t scrape these toxins away, they will get reabsorbed into the body, possibly causing respiratory and digestive issues. Furthermore, tongue scraping prevents bad breath by removing bacterial at the back of the tongue where bad breath stems from.
If you want to boost your immunity, reduce plaque build-up, prevent tooth decay, loss of teeth, gum infections, and gum recession add tongue scraping into your oral hygiene routine. Tongue scrapers can be purchased at most health food stores. We recommend ones such as Dr. Tung’s. If you want to start this practice right away, the side of a metal spoon can work well. Start at the back of your tongue and scrape towards the tip in one long motion. Repeat several times until your tongue feels free of debris.
Tongue scraping is best done first thing in the morning on an empty stomach after you brush your teeth.
3. Start flossing with essential oils. Yes, you should be flossing twice away and sometimes even more if you have food bits stuck between your teeth that you can’t seem to easily remove.
Adding a drop or two of an essential oil such as cloves, peppermint, tea tree or thyme can provide an anti-microbial, anti-bacterial twist to your flossing routine. This will help kill bacterial and reinvigorate your mouth right along the gum lines and in those hard to reach places. Try using an oil such as this Hippie Floss.
4. Add Shec’s iodine paste into your mouth.
Brushing iodine on your teeth once a week can significantly reduce the amount of bacteria and decay that can creep up in your mouth. There is much research showing that iodine deeply disinfects the area that it is applied to. Iodine can prevent tooth carries if applied diligently.
5. Try oil pulling.
Oil pulling is highly effective at reducing tooth cavities and at eradicating bad breath. Removing the streptococcus mutant bacteria (an important player in tooth decay) as well as other microorganisms, oil pulling is great for oral health.
It also helps with plaque-induced gingivitis. The oil acts like a cleanser and pulls toxins from the body through the mouth. Due to this detoxification process, skin can clear, headaches can disappear, and energy can increase. People who practice oil pulling report that they notice a whitening effect on their teeth.
In order to oil pull properly, use a coconut oil and swish around the mouth for a solid 20 minutes. It may sound like a lot at first, but once you get used to it, it becomes almost second nature and can be done while preparing your breakfast!
6. Try brushing with Shecs Ozone Oil.
Ozone therapy is an amplification of our own natural response. Our neutrophils, class of white blood cells, produce ozone gas to combat disease. Ozone therapy is safe and very effective. One molecule of ozone is more effective than 5000 molecules of chlorine.
The negative charge acts like a strong magnet and pulls the ozone towards the positive charge of the inflammation and infection. As a small gas, it can penetrate everywhere. In addition to the dental benefits, ozone can have a remarkable impact on systemic function as well. The antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory impact is quite broad spectrum.
The downfall of brushing with this oil is that it does not have a nice taste or smell and will leave an oily firm on your teeth, unlike the fresh feeling of a natural toothpaste. Designate a separate toothbrush just for the Ozone Oil and start slowly.
Try using a small amount and brush it on once a day, even if you brush with your regular toothpaste afterwards. The benefits of using ozone highly outweigh these minor inconveniences. Read here for more on Ozone