I listened to a podcast recently.
To be more specific – I listened to the Melissa Ambrosini podcast with Nadine Artemis, author of Holistic Dental Care: The Complete Guide to Healthy Teeth and Gums. As you can guess, the podcast was all about using botanical compounds to help reclaim the natural vitality of your smile.
Initially the topic didn’t do much for me. It didn’t “float my boat” so to speak, but not even 5 minutes into the podcast and I was hooked. Hooked so much so that I’ve now started my own little holistic at home dental care routine.
Thought I’d share.
I’m not going to go into the in-depth background information Nadine and Melissa talk about – that’s what the podcast is for (see here), however I’ve jotted down below the simple steps that resonated personally with me.
My plan = to implement the below steps each night of the week for the next month!
Note – this a reduced (and slightly altered) routine from what Nadine describes. If you want the original steps, make sure to head over to Nadine’s website - Livinglibations.com
So without further ado…..my personal at home dental care routine:
Step One: The Salt Rinse | Make a salt water solution and keep in your bathroom (500ml filtered water to 2 tbsp of salt in a mason jar). Start with a quick salt water rinse before brushing. Using a shot glass, pour in a bit of brine, swish and spit.
Step Two: Scraping the Tongue | Gently scrape the tongue from back to front 2-3 times with a tongue scraper (or a spoon). Rinse or shake the scraper off each time.
Step Three: Brushing the Gums | Use a dry non-electric toothbrush - add one drop of peppermint essential oil with a little coconut oil and brush gums down towards teeth for two minutes. Use special care over the gum line.
Step Four: Polishing the Teeth | Polish with a dry round-headed electric toothbrush. Use a tiny, half of a pea sized amount of good botanical toothpaste or simple baking soda.
Step Five: Flossing | Floss two times! Apply a drop of peppermint essential oil along the floss.
Step Six: Final Rinse | Use salt rinse again– vigorous swish and spit.
For my mid-week routine = I’ll be experimenting with Steps 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6. Adding in Step 3 on a weekend. Seriously, a girl can only do so much in a day.
Touch base with you all soon!