Avoid costly dental bills with natural remedies_Featured_, Prevention Saturday, July 14th, 2012
(By Carolanne Wright|NaturalNews) Weary of expensive dental work? Try a few simple home treatments that help strengthen teeth and gums naturally. With the application of specific dietary and herbal recommendations, loose and decaying teeth are fortified and healed. By practicing purposeful oral hygiene with a few basic ingredients, worrisome dental problems can be economically resolved.
Dietary choices for strong teeth
A healthful diet is the first line of attack against gum disease and tooth decay. Minerals such as calcium and silica are vital for repairing and rebuilding tooth structure. The herbs oatstraw, horsetail, and nettle are excellent dietary sources of silica. Vitamin C, D, and K are also important for gum health and tooth strength. Vitamin C helps to support the collagen network of the gums. A deficiency of this vitamin will lead to tender gums that are susceptible to bacteria, leading to periodontal disease and tooth loss. For foods that help to cleanse problem-causing plaque, focus on crunchy choices like celery, romaine lettuce, and seeds. Sesame seeds are especially beneficial for healthy teeth. High in calcium, they help maintain bone around teeth and gums. Soaking, dehydrating, and grinding the seeds further enhances the bioavailability of nutrients. For safe sweeteners that will not promote decay, use stevia and xylitol. Also, limit acid-forming foods such as coffee, chocolate, soda, and meat.
Natural therapies for distressed teeth
Stabilize loose teeth and heal gums by combining a teaspoon of amla powder with one cup purified water. Rinse mouth with mixture once per day. Avoid food or drink for 1 hour after treatment.