Lifestyle tips:

Oil pulling: First thing in the morning, before eating/drinking anything: 2tsp organic, high-quality coconut oil into your mouth. Swirl it around gently, not too vigorously or you will get tired fast. The swishing pulls the oil between your teeth. Do this for 10-20 minutes, the longer the better. Then spit it out into the bin. Rinse your mouth with warm saltwater. Brush your teeth as normal. Do this daily for a week and then move along to biweekly as you improve.

Aromatherapy: You can add a drop of Eucalyptus or Peppermint oil into the oil pulling.

Eucalyptus: anti-inflammatory, germicide properties treat receding gums and stimulate the growth of new gum tissue.

Peppermint: A refreshing flavour and helps to prevent the growth of disease-causing microorganisms in the mouth.

Tea Tree Oil: Antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral properties help prevent the growth of disease-causing microorganisms in the mouth.

Thyme Oil: helps prevent the growth of disease-causing microorganisms in the mouth.

Salt: Antibacterial properties help soothe the gums and the inflammation. 1tsp into a cup of warm water, rinse for 30 seconds and spit. Repeat 2-3 times per day.

Green tea: 1-2 cups per day

Septilin: A concoction of healing herbs that help with gum issues. 2 Tablets, twice a day and syrup 2tsp 3x per day.

Omega 3 fatty acids: 300mg daily.

Hydrogen peroxide: Helps treat sore, red or swollen gums. ¼ Cup hydrogen peroxide into ¼ Cup of water, swish the mixture around your mouth for 30 seconds. Spit and rinse. Repeat 2-3x per week.

Brushing: Brush your teeth for 2 minutes, at least 2 x per day. Use a soft-bristled brush so as not to agitate the gums.

Floss: Once a day is an essential part of teeth and gum care, helping to remove debris from between teeth that contributes to plaque buildup.

– Listed by Sharon Olivier, March 2021

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