Has this long Winter got your spirits down? Have you been trying to revive your spirits with a few too many cappuccinos or London fogs? Did you know that even your daily green juice can leave your teeth with a bit of a tinge?
Turn that frown upside down with 5 steps that will leave your pearly whites gleaming and give your mouth a natural Spring cleaning from the inside out.
1. Scrape your tongue. Ever really looked at your tongue? Does it have a thick coating or color that seems to stick, particularly first thing in the morning? Well, according to Ayurvedic medicine, if you do nothing else, scrape your tongue every morning. That thick coating is referred to as Ama. It’s an accumulation of ‘sludge’, originating mostly from dietary choices. Ideally, upon rising every morning, this sludge can be scraped off with a nifty ‘tongue scraper’. Not only will it improve your dental health, cure bad breath, and remove some unwanted toxins, but according to Ayurveda also through the points in your tongue, give your digestive tract a little massage. Try it and see!
2. Oil pulling. Yes, indeed. Another great ancient Indian morning ritual of oil pulling (or swishing oil around in your mouth every day) that whitens, brightens, and detoxes your pucker from the inside out. Modern day advocates of holistic medicine claim that it will not only prevent bad breath, gingivitis and whiten your teeth, but its curative abilities go way beyond that. Just Google “oil pulling” to find out!
Here’s how it works;
-First thing in the morning (before brushing your teeth, but after scraping your tongue) scoop out a tablespoon of organic coconut oil, with it’s strong anti-microbial properties. It's a great choice, although sesame oil is also recommended.
-Put it in your mouth, then as the coconut oil begins to melt swish it around for anywhere from 10-20 minutes (you didn’t misread; that’s 10-20 minutes, not seconds).
-Spit it out in the garbage (not in your sink as it might clog the pipes).
-Rinse your mouth out, brush your teeth and drink a full glass of water.
Your mouth will feel cleaner, and after a few days, you’ll begin to notice brighter teeth. Not sure which variety of coconut oil to choose? We like Alpha Health Premium Virgin Coconut oil, which is fair trade, raw and stays fresh in the bottle for up to 3 years. Keep one in your bathroom and one in your kitchen!
3. Switch up your toothbrush. Experts say to change your toothbrush every three months or so. But every week or so, to keep your mouth fresh and healthy, soak your toothbrush in hydrogen peroxide with a bit of water. When you do change your toothbrush, consider opting for an eco-friendly variety like Radius. You’ll be throwing less waste in the landfill, keeping the reusable handle, and replacing only the brush head, which is made with post-consumer plastic. Oh, and of course don’t forget to floss. We like Desert Essence’s anti-bacterial tea tree oil floss.
4. Green your toothpaste. Natural toothpastes are a great alternative to conventional toothpastes. What’s wrong with toothpaste? Unfortunately, it’s not your Grandmother’s baking soda anymore. According to reports, there are some questionable ingredients that you might want to look into. Among them are fluoride, titanium dioxide and sodium lauryl sulfate. There are many great alternatives that work just as well (if not better) without all those undesirable ingredients. Our faves are Weleda’s Salt Toothpaste and Green Beaver’s Cilantro and Mint toothpaste. So, Spring clean your medicine cabinet and give these guys a try.
After tongue scraping, oil pulling, switching up
your toothbrush and toothpaste for more eco-friendly and natural options, swipe
your pucker with a yummy balm or gloss and pop a piece of PUR aspartame-free gum. Before you destroy all the Spring cleaning
you’ve done with a double espresso, take a moment to feel how great a
deliciously clean mouth feels – and flash your pearly whites all over town.