“Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean. Your filth will be washed away, and you will no longer worship idols.” (Ezekiel 36:25)
I went to the dentist last month for my yearly oral check-up. It was the same story this year as it was last year. As my dentist examined and dug all around in my mouth, trying to find anything worthy of clearing or scraping away from my teeth, he commented on how well I clean my teeth.
And then he said the most surprising thing.
I’ll give you the obligatory teeth cleaning as part of your normal yearly exam, but you really don’t even need it!
He said the same thing last year, but I’d never heard that from a dentist in my life until then. Do you want to know the secret to amazingly clean teeth? The easy (and cheap) processes I wish I’d known about nearly a lifetime ago?
Step One: Begin your day with oil pulling.
You only need to do this for ten minutes once each day. A larger amount is recommended (some sources say a tablespoon – yikes!), but I use a half teaspoon because the volume of larger amounts grows and grows with saliva pouring in for a huge mouthful that too easily seeps out of the corners. I say that so you’ll know the amount to use can be adjusted if needed. 😉 Go ahead. Call me the saliva queen (grin).
For oil pulling (aka swishing for ten minutes as you go about your morning routine), I use coconut oil (about 3 tablespoons in a tiny glass jar) with three drops each of peppermint, orange, and Thieves (by Young Living) essential oils. Try different oils until you find what you like. Don’t discard the oil into the sink after the swishing session. Coconut oil hardens when cold, and you don’t want to clog your pipes. Spit it somewhere other than your sink (or shower) drain.
One idea is to collect it in a jar under the sink and then dump occasionally into the trash. I prefer to put mine into a paper towel rolled up – to quickly whisk away into the trash can.
The practice of oil pulling eliminated tooth pain I’d experienced for many years. Who knew? Years ago, I asked the dentist about the dark areas above the upper gums in my dental X-rays (in the pockets left by wisdom teeth extraction). He said it was infection that would somehow absorb and dissipate. Somehow? Absorb by what and to where? Well, it never did somehow, and when the pain started years later, I remembered those X-rays. Argh.
Step Two: Brush with this tooth brushing powder.
After eating breakfast and again before bed at night (and when leaving home to be with people during the day), I brush with my tooth powder. This is what’s left from my first batch that I made eighteen months ago. You’ll be amazed how long it lasts – with ingredients you probably have in your pantry/spice cabinet.
Three ingredients for tooth powder:
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ground cayenne red pepper
Don’t let the cayenne pepper scare you. You can use the amount your desire, and I recommend adding one teaspoon at a time until you get the amount of zing without too much heat. Cayenne provides germ-killing and pain-relieving properties, so please don’t leave it out altogether. It stimulates the gums and reduces swelling, too. Read more about dental health here. (A very interesting article!)
Amazing Tooth-Brushing Powder Recipe
Surprise your dentist when he can't find why he/she should clean your teeth!
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 1/3 cup Real Salt (THM recommended) or Himalayan salt
- 1-6 teaspoon(s) organic cayenne red pepper (no more than 2 tablespoons required)
Grind salt to a fine powder in coffee grinder. Pour into half pint canning jar.
Add baking soda and stir.
Add cayenne pepper one teaspoon at a time, stirring mixture (or shaking lidded jar) and testing between additions. You want to feel a zing when you brush without more heat than you like. You'll know when you get there. The zing is actually refreshing!
Lid jar and shake until thoroughly combined. Either use right out of the jar or fill another container you desire. for day-to-day use To brush, dampen toothbrush bristles and dip into mixture. Brush at least twice daily - morning and night - and enjoy!
Step Three: Flossing
I’ve read that you don’t need to floss if you do oil pulling each day, but I’m addicted to the feeling that flossing gives. It’s that feeling of squeaky-clean with nothing stuck between my teeth. So, you be the judge. You’ll know if you can’t stop flossing, as well.
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This brushing powder is all I use exclusively when traveling. On overnight trips, I use a tube of organic toothpaste. It’s just easier that way, but I always miss that really clean feeling until I get home to my tooth powder again.
Quick question: If you do oil-pulling, how do you discard your oil after use? Just curious.
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