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3 Natural or Holistic Ways to Improve Oral Health

Natural and Holistic dentistry is gaining popularity as many people are beginning to seek out and exclude ingredients from their diet that are artificial, not organic, or may cause allergies. You may feel like you’re going behind your dentist’s back by looking for natural products to use, but there are actually several things that the dental community suggests as an effective way to naturally address many everyday oral health problems.

TMJ Disorder

Chronic pain and discomfort caused by TMJ disorder can be a difficult problem to address. Even invasive surgical procedures may have limited success. Instead, many professionals recommend relaxation exercises such as those taught through Yoga. Many people find that practicing yoga a few days each week can help ease tension in areas of chronic pain.

Essential Oils         

Just a few drops of essential oils used on a toothbrush or in a cup of water for rinsing your mouth can be effective against gingivitis, gum disease, and halitosis. Specially blended essential oils for oral use are available at health food stores and online retailers. Adding essential oils to your oral care routine helps fight inflammation, bleeding, and eliminate odorous bacteria that cause bad breath.

Allergen-Free Toothpastes

Many people suffer from severe food allergies as well as milder allergies to ingredients such as sodium-laurel-sulphate, which is found in the majority of toothpastes. Even some products used in the dental office may contain traces of nuts or milk enzymes and for patients with severe reactions these must be avoided. Choosing all-natural toothpaste such as Tom’s of Maine can give these dental patients an effective alternative that avoids these type of ingredients while also strengthening tooth enamel.

Posted on behalf of Greencastle Dental

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