4 Treatments for the Most Common Mouth Problems

· December 11, 2014
The most common mouth problems originate from poor oral hygiene and a bad diet but natural ingredients such as thyme and sea salt can be beneficial in treating them.

Gingivitis, cavities, plaque, sensitive teeth, and other oral problems can decrease your quality of life and cause a lot of pain and significant dental expenses. Here are the main reasons you may be suffering from common mouth problems. Additionally, we will share a few simple treatments to prevent and treat them with natural ingredients such as oil, baking soda, thyme, and seawater.

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Possible Causes of Common Mouth Problems

1. Diet

This is the main cause of common mouth problems because your digestive system is reflected in your mouth. When your digestive system isn’t working well or is overworked, it causes excess acidity that can alter the natural pH of your mouth.

This could cause gingivitis, mouth sores, or make it easier to get cavities or build up plaque. That is why the main treatment for common mouth problems will come from a balanced and healthy diet, rich in fruits and fresh vegetables, nuts, legumes, whole grains, etc.

2. White Sugar

White sugar deserves to be mentioned separately because it is poisonous for your teeth and overall health. We recommend eliminating it completely from your diet and watching out for those foods that contain it.

3. Tobacco and Coffee

Tobacco and coffee make your teeth dirty, alter pH, cause plaque, and decalcify them. They also make your teeth more sensitive to foods and enamel damage.

4. Poor Oral Hygiene

Proper hygiene is essential, so you should make sure to brush not only your teeth twice a day but also your tongue. In addition, make sure to floss between your teeth at least once daily.

5. Harsh Chemical products

The toothpaste that you frequently buy has ingredients to make a lot of foam that can be aggressive to your mouth’s pH and can worsen problems like gingivitis or sores. We recommend buying natural brands in health food stores or preparing your own homemade toothpaste.

4 Natural Treatments to Prevent and Treat Common Mouth Problems

1. Thyme Infusion

Thyme is a medicinal plant with antiseptic properties that since the old days has been used for mouth problems like sores or gingivitis. You can drink the infusion everyday but we especially recommend gargling it.

To prepare the infusion, boil a liter of mineral water with 60 grams of thyme for 5 minutes and then let sit for another five minutes. When the infusion is lukewarm, you can gargle it, repeating it a few times a day until you see an improvement.

Thyme flowers growing wild common mouth problems

2. A Pinch of Baking Soda

As we said, most common mouth problems happen due to excess acidity in your saliva, which is caused by various factors. Therefore, a way to combat this acidity is by alkalizing it directly: applying minimal doses of baking soda.

We recommend buying a small container for your baking soda that you can carry around the whole day. Wet your finger a few times a day to get a little bit of baking soda and put it onto your tongue.

It is important to do this a few times and in very small doses so that the alkalization develops as naturally as possible without altering your mouth’s pH.

This remedy will serve you well for any of the aforementioned problems, even for preventing cavities.

3. Sea Water for Remineralizing Your Teeth

Your teeth often get weak due to a lack of minerals, which is overall due to a poor diet. This makes them more vulnerable to disease.

In order to avoid this, you should consume calcium but also many other minerals, which is why we recommend you gargle sea water every day. You can find it in herbal or dietary stores, and even in some supermarkets.

If you have an ocean close by, you can go there to pick it up directly, even if it’s not beach season. Go early in the morning when the sea is calm, fill a bottle with it, avoiding the top layer of water where residue accumulates. Another alternative is mixing pure sea salt with fresh water.

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The blue sea calm common mouth problems

4. Swigs of Oil

This old ayurvedic treatment is ideal for mouth problems but also for your entire digestive tract. In fact, this treatment helps remove toxins and cleans your mouth deeply. We recommend it especially for mouth infections, gum problems, dental plaque, gingivitis, discolored teeth, and loose teeth.

You will just need sunflower or sesame seed oil.

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