Having healthy-looking teeth and gum improves our facial beauty and also shows a level of oral hygiene.
However, poor oral hygiene could lead to various periodontal diseases. Furthermore, increased oral bacteria and inflammation could increase the likelihood of various health disorders such as; stroke, heart diseases, oral cancer, and kidney diseases.
Loose and shaky teeth tend to arise from bone loss and numerous periodontal disorders. An underlying characteristic of loose and shaky teeth is the damage of bones and connective tissues that hold and support the teeth.
Other causes of loose and shaky teeth include; tooth decay, poor oral health, dental fractures or injuries, and osteoporosis.
Here are tips and good practices, to consider, in order to have and maintain strong teeth and gum;
- Change your toothbrush regularly. Typically, this change should be done every 3 or 4 months.
- Ensure you brush your teeth as thoroughly as possible.
- Floss regularly to remove food residue stuck in between your teeth.
- Avoid tobacco products as they can severely damage your teeth and lead to numerous periodontal diseases.
- You could snack on crunchy foods and vegetables as they help remove food residue in the mouth.
- Eat foods that are rich in vitamin D and calcium as these micronutrients help strengthen your teeth and gums.
- Minimize your consumption of sugary foods as bacteria tend to feed on leftover sugar in the mouth.
- Strive to visit your dentist at least once every 6 months.
- Avoid using your teeth to open bottles or cut items.
- Ensure you use a mouth guard while playing sports.
Below are natural remedies and treatments for getting and maintaining strong teeth and gum;
1. Clove Oil
Apart from adding freshness in your mouth, clove oil can inhibit numerous harmful microbes. Furthermore, clove oil can reduce pain and inflammation which gives it a special place in the nature-based dental healthcare. If you have shaky teeth, massage some clove oil on your gums then rinse off after 10-15 minutes. Use clove oil up to three times a day.
2. Indian Gooseberry (Amla)
Amla (Emblica Officinalis) is a perennial fruit common in Ayurvedic medicine. It possesses large amounts of vitamin C which strengthens the gums and its connective tissues. Moreover, amla kills the bacteria in the mouth and prevents tooth cavities. To prepare the infusion, add one tsp of Amla powder in hot water and use the mixture to rinse your mouth. Avoid eating or drinking for one hour after rinsing your mouth.
Peppermint is used as a prevalent flavor in almost every dental product. It has antiseptic properties that help to fight off dangerous germs and is effective in eliminating bad breath. That’s not all; peppermint could also keep your gums and teeth healthy for years. Some studies have also linked peppermint in the treatment of toothaches thanks to its pain relieving properties. If you have shaky teeth, steep a handful of peppermint leaves in a cup of water for 15-20 minutes, then, use the solution as a mouthwash. Alternatively, put 2-3 drops of peppermint oil in a glass of water and use it to rinse your mouth.
4. Indian Lilac (Neem)
Neem has antibacterial properties which make it effective in eliminating pathogens that cause gum disease, cavities, plague, and gingivitis. If your teeth are shaking, grind a few neem leaves, and use the paste to brush your teeth. Alternatively, extract the juice from neem leaves and rub it on your teeth and gums. You can also use a twig, from the neem plant, to brush your teeth.
Garlic contains allicin, an active ingredient that gives garlic strong antibacterial properties. Furthermore, garlic is beneficial in relieving symptoms that come with a tooth infection. For strong, healthy teeth take a slice of fresh garlic clove and place it between the affected tooth and the gum. Leave it there overnight, then, rinse your mouth in the morning as usual.
6. Oil Pulling
Oil pulling is an old-age practice that helps to pull the bacteria out of the mouth. Also, oil pulling strengthens the teeth and the gums. Simply put one tablespoon of coconut/sesame oil in your mouth, swish for 5-10 minutes, then spit it out. After that, brush your teeth and rinse with warm water. Use the oil pulling method in the morning when you wake up.
7. Guava Leaves
Guava leaves can treat many health problems including gum infection, gum pain, bad breath, among others. These leaves are packed with flavonoids and anti-inflammatory properties that help to maintain strong, healthy gums. To maintain good dental hygiene, you should use the guava’s tender twigs/leaves. Just make a paste by grinding a handful of guava leaves and use it to brush your teeth. Another way is to prepare a mouth rinse by boiling a few leaves in a cup of water for 10-15 minutes. Use the solution as a mouthwash 2-3 times a day.
8. Turmeric And Black Pepper
Both have excellent antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which help to alleviate pain and swelling. To have strong teeth and gum, prepare a paste by mixing one tsp of turmeric and a half tablespoon of black pepper then add some water. Use it to massage the gums and teeth early in the morning. Don’t eat or drink anything for 30 minutes after using the paste. Discontinue the remedy if it irritates your gums.
9. Mustard Oil And Salt
Salt helps to inhibit the bacteria that cause teeth decay while mustard oil has anti-inflammatory properties that aid in healing gums. When you combine the two, they form a perfect remedy for loose teeth. If you have shaky teeth, add 2-3 drops of mustard oil to salt and apply the paste on the affected area. Then, brush and rinse your mouth with warm water after 10 minutes. Regular application will strengthen and tighten up loose teeth.
10. Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide is well known as a powerful mouthwash for brightening yellow teeth. However, it has antibacterial properties that help to eliminate microbes around loose teeth. Thus, reducing the formation of plague, infection, and cavities. Just swish hydrogen peroxide in your mouth for 2-5 minutes after brushing your teeth. Use the mouthwash 1-2 times a day.
11. White Oak Bark Powder
White oak has antiseptic and astringent properties that can help to set/tighten shaking teeth. The powder also stops the gums from bleeding. To strengthen your teeth, deep a damp finger in white oak bark powder and rub the powder on the upper and lower gums. Leave it overnight. In the morning, brush your teeth as usual. White oak is more effective when mixed with black walnut powder.
12. Calcium And Vitamin D
Deficiency of calcium and vitamin D can lead to shaky teeth. They work together to maintain healthy bones and teeth. With this in mind, you should supplement them with your diet. So, if you have loose teeth, run to the local pharmacy and grab some supplements. Make sure you follow the directions as advised by the pharmacist.
13. Increase Intake Of Probiotics
Probiotics help to multiply the good bacteria in the gut. Along with boosting your immune system, they fight the harmful bacteria that cause infections. When there is an imbalance between the good and the bad bacteria, it can lead to gum disease, inflammation, and other health problems. Remember, your mouth is the gatekeeper of the microbes and bacteria that enter your body. A potent source of probiotics is unsweetened yogurt.
14. Licorice Root
Some studies have linked licorice in the treatment of dental problems like tooth decay, mouth sores, and gum disease. The herb has bioactive ingredients that can eliminate the harmful bacteria that cause shaky teeth. To make a paste, crush some licorice root powder and use it to brush your teeth on a regular basis. You can also use a licorice twig as a toothbrush.
15. Green Tea
Green tea contains compounds that can prevent inflammation of the gums. Green tea also has catechins, an antioxidant that fights the harmful bacteria that cause gum disease and tooth cavities. In addition to that, green tea can fight bad breath when used as a mouthwash. For strong gums and teeth, drink up to four cups of green tea on daily basis. Make sure it does not contain honey or sugar. You can also use green tea as a mouthwash to clean your mouth.
16. Holy Basil Leaves
This herb is commonly used as a mouth freshener in Ayurvedic medicine. Furthermore, it inhibits bacteria that cause plague and dental cavities. Also, holy basil has astringent properties that can make teeth strong keeping them from shaking or falling. To keep tooth-shaking at bay, dry some holy basil leaves in the sun for 2-3 days, then make some powder and use it to brush your teeth. You can also prepare some tea and use it as a mouthwash.
17. Ensure Proper Dental Hygiene
When brushing our teeth, we tend to ignore the back-most teeth. Don’t take shortcuts; brush your teeth from all angles including side by side, up and down, and diagonal motions. At the same time, make sure you use a soft brush since hard brushes can damage your gums. The general practice is to brush your teeth at least twice a day.
18. Reduce Intake Of Sugary And Acidic Foods
Acidic foods soften the enamel which can cause cavity and decay. On the other hand, sugary foods feed the bacteria that cause plague on the teeth making them weak. While you don’t have to avoid these foods, you should be conscious of the portions you consume.
19. Avoid Smoking
If you smoke, you’re at a higher risk of getting a gum disease compared to non-smokers. Smoking weakens your immune system making it hard for the body to deal with the bacteria that causes gum disease. Other than that, smoking unleashes damaging free radicals that can weaken your teeth. Furthermore, smoking can adversely affect some vital organs in your body.
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