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Natural Ways to Keep Your Gums and Teeth Healthy
Do you prefer natural ingredients when it comes to your healthcare? If so, there are a variety of great options that you can use in order to ensure that your gums and teeth remain healthy. However, if you do choose to use a natural product, you need to remember that it should never be a replacement for brushing and flossing, as you still need to keep up these habits in order to maintain a healthy smile.

Try Baking Soda

Baking soda is a popular option for fighting off tooth decay. While baking soda is often found in toothpastes and whitening products, many people brush with it on its own. It is a great way to remove stains from the teeth, as sodium bicarbonate can serve as an excellent abrasive.

Use Green Tea Oil

Green tea oil can help to protect your teeth from erosion. It is thought to stop starchy foods from causing your teeth to decay, and studies have shown that when people regularly drink green tea, they tend to have healthier gums than people who don’t.

Try Other Natural Oils

Natural oils like tea tree, menthol, and eucalyptol can be beneficial in keeping your mouth healthy by killing off harmful bacteria. This step is crucial in order to keep your gums from suffering inflammation. There are a variety of mouthwashes and toothpastes that contain these ingredients.

If you are interested in other natural dental options that can help to keep your mouth healthy, contact our office for guidance.

Exploring the Benefits of Xylitol
Xylitol is a natural sweetener that can be found in fruits like plums and raspberries, and it looks just like sugar. It contains considerably fewer calories than sugar, and it is a better option than chemically-engineered sweeteners like aspartame or Splenda. Xylitol is often considered to be a sugar-free sweetener, and it is used in many chewing gums.

Xylitol can benefit your oral health in a variety of ways. First, it fights cavities by disrupting the bacteria that cause decay. It will actually stop them from producing acid that will eat away at the teeth while reducing plaque. Additionally, Xylitol stimulates the production of saliva, which is the natural way that your body protects your mouth.

Toothy Tid-Bits
Give Thanks for Healthy Teeth!
November is one of my favorite months because it contains Turkey Day (Thanksgiving)! I love all of the yummy food prepared on this day and, wouldn't ya know, it's good for you, too! Here's a quick breakdown:
  • Carrots and Celery: These foods are rich in fiber. Besides being excellent for your stomach, fiber also stimulates your gums, which contributes to a healthy mouth.
  • Cranberries: Recent studies have shown that cranberry juice hinders bacteria from sticking to your teeth, therefore helping to prevent tooth decay!
  • Sweet Potatoes/Mashed Potatoes: These guys are loaded with vitamins and minerals needed for a happy and healthy mouth, and they don't stick to your teeth like other starchy foods.
  • Turkey: we all know how turkey makes us drowsy, but did you know stress negatively affects the health of your gums? One of the best ways to fight stress is to get enough sleep….. So don't fight the tryptophan, give in and take a little snooze because your gums will be so much happier.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I'm definitely giving lots of thanks for each and every one of you.

-Jocelyn Codington, RDH

Dr. Jake and his Team would love to hear from you! Got a question? We can help!

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