Help For Teeth And Gums
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Clove oil is great to use for toothaches. You can make your own by mixing together equal amounts of whole cloves and vegetable oil and allowing it to sit for several weeks. Cinnamon oil can be made the same way.

Did you know....Spiders were once mashed up and placed on an aching tooth. (YUCK!!!!!!!!!)

Fizzy diet sodas that are better for your waistline may still hurt your teeth. The acid in fizzy drinks, even diet varieties, may contribute to enamel erosion that can weaken teeth, according to research. Enamel is the hard, outer layer that protects teeth. Rinse or chew sugar-free gum after you drink soda to neutralize acid and minimize damage to your pearly whites.

Boil some cinnamon in a cup of water. Store it in a clean bottle in your bathroom. Use it as a mouthwash frequently. Parsley leaves are rich in chlorophyll, nature's own deodorizer. Chew some leaves regularly and your breath will remain fresh. Alternatively, you can chew some cardamom seeds to sweeten your breath.

Mix salt with finely powdered rind of lime. Use this as toothpowder frequently.

A German with a toothache will cook a dried fig in  milk and apply it to the painful area.

One good method for freshening your breath  is to  suck on or chew anise seeds.

One European toothache remedy is garlic. You can  chew on a clove of garlic, or hold it against the  tooth. The antibacterial properties of garlic are well  known.

This well known folk remedy for bad breath is to chew on fresh mint leaves and stems. Mint contains  menthol, which has a plesant aroma.

A simple home remedy for toothaches used for centuries  by Europeans involves cloves. Bruised leaves of clove  can be placed in the mouth on the effected tooth. This  apparently works because a mild antiseptic is  contained in the leaves. Oil of cloves, a strong  antiseptic, can be used on a plug of cotton to pack a  cavity until you can get to a dentist.

Bergamot oil is used in Italy in the treatment of a variety of ailments. Bergamot contains thymol, which  has antiseptic action. It can be used as a mouthwash  and to help cure mouth infections.

Black cherry juice is said to be a potent antibacterial agent when used to fight tooth decay.

Canker sores can be caused by a vitamin deficiency or  by a virus. They also may be caused by an excess of  acids from foods (such as tomatoes, walnuts, or  vinegar), food allergies, or emotional stress.  Goldenseal is a favorite North American Indian  medicine. They use it to treat sore gums, canke sores,  cold sores, and toothaches. To relieve pain from a  canker sore, use a cotton swab to place the powder  directly on the affected area. You can also gargle  with goldenseal powder mixed with tincture of myrrh and water. Goldenseal is a very strong antiseptic,
disinfectant, and astringent. Warning: Goldenseal  should not be used during pregnancy. It stimulates the  uterus to contract.

Chewing on cardamon seeds is said to cleanse and  sweeten the breath. Cardamon oil works better but is  more expensive and harder to find.

Chinese green tea may be nature's best anti-cavity  mouthwash. The tea is apparently rich in fluoride,  which protects against tooth decay.

Cloves have many medicinal qualities. Besides using  them as a toothache cure, the Chinese chew on 1 or 2  cloves to get rid of bad breath.

English farmers say that eating wild raspberry is the best way to keep teeth clean.

Fenugreek can be made into a tea that can  keep breath  fresh.

For centuries, people in Africa, India, and nearby Muslim countries have fashioned toothbrushes from  frayed twigs referred to as "chew sticks." The best  chew sticks are made from twigs of the Salvadore  Persica tree, which many tribes call the "toothbrush  tree." Tests have shown that these sticks contain some  natural antibiotics, fluoride, and other anti-cavity  ingredients. When Africans came to the United States,  they brought this idea with them. One elderly  gentleman who lived in louisiana had healthy gums and  cavity free teeth well into his 80s. Wgen asked what he had done to take such good care of his teeth, he  told everyone that he had never used anything but the  frayed twigs of a white elm tree.

If you develop a cavity or toothache you might try using the inner bark of the papaya tree like they do in Fiji.

In ancient Rome, people used parsley to cover up the  smell of alcohol on their breath. And the Chinese cook  coriander (Chinese parsley) with fish, pork, or beef  to eliminate bad breath. Although most of us throw  away this common garnish, parsley is edible. It has a  mild flavor. And because parsley has a high  chlorophyll content, it is a natural breath sweetener.  Chewing on a sprig of parsley can eliminate garlic  breath, so many garlic pills are combined with parsley.

In Norway, farmers chew on solid whey to prevent cavities, to keep their teeth white, and to prevent gum disease. Whey is one of the dairy by-products of  cheese. Norwegians also use whey in its liquid form as a gargle.

Iranians chew small red barberries as a breath sweetner. And many Arabs, American Indians, and Far  Eastern Indians rub their teeth with sage leaves to  cleanse them and give a sweet smell to the breath.

It is said that eating strawberries, red dates, or persimmons can help remove garlic breath.

Long before the Chinese invented the natural hair toothbrush, the Romans were using feathers to clean  their teeth. They used the stiff quill, not the soft  plumes, as a natural toothpick to remove lodged food  particles.

Native American Indians used an infusion of  birch bark  as a gargle to clean their breath.

Oil from the oregano plant was used by medieval Europeans for toothaches. They massaged the tooth and  gums with the oil. Oregano contains thymol, which is  an antiseptic.

Orientals prefer to chew star anise (Illicium verum) as a breah freshner. It's flovor resembles anise but is stronger and sweeter. Warning: Chinese star anise  should not be confused with Japanese star anise, a  type of evergreen tree that is poisonous if taken  internally.

Some time before the 15th century, the Chinese plucked  the bristly hairs from the necks of Siberian hogs,  affixed them to bamboo sticks, and invented the first  toothbrushes.

The ancient Egyptians made their own toothpaste from  ground pumice stone and strong wine vinegar. This  mixture was brushed over the teeth with a chew stick.  It worked well, but if too much pumice stone is used,  the excess abrasion quickly wore away tooth enamel.

The marigold was used by English country people as a  remedy for toothache. The juice of it's petals mixed  with vinegar was rubbed on gums and teeth to relieve  pain.  Marigold contains an antibacterial agent and  contains mucilage that coats and soothes the affected  area.

Theophrastus, a Greek historian, believed that grapefruit was a good breath sweetner. The vitamin C  and bioflavonoids in grapefruit help make gums  healthy.

The people of Appalachia use birch for oral hygiene.  They chew the twigs of the birch tree to clean their  teeth.

The Quebec Indians knew that fresh wintergreen leaves  would relieve aching teeth. Oil of wintergreen  contains salicylate, natural aspirin.

The Swedes clean their teeth with fresh strawberry.  The strawberry is cut in half, and each half is rubbed  over the teeth and gums. Strawberries whiten teeth and  remove plaque as well.

To ease a toothache or mouth pain, the Chinese make a  tea by boiling 5 grams of fresh peppermint in 1 cup  water and adding a little salt. Peppermint is an  antiseptic and contains menthol, which relieves pain  when applied to skin.

Two of the best methods of cleaning and polishing your  teeth may already ne in your kitchen cabinet. Baking  soda and hydrogen peroxide. Baking soda has just the  right consistancy to remove plaque without removing  the enamel. Hydrogen peroxide has the effervescence  that can float away particles from between tour teeth  and has bacteriostatic properties. First soak your  toothbrush in hydrogen peroxide, and then dip it in
baking soda before brushing.

Toothache: Oils of peppermint and clove mixed with a bit of rum and applied directly to the tooth should ease the pain until you can get to a dentist.

Chancre Sore: Sorrel soaked in warm water until soft, then strained as a tea should help clear them up more quickly.

Certain tart beverages could be a boon to your smile.
Compounds in red cranberry juice appear to keep bacteria from sticking to teeth, which could thwart plaque formation and tooth decay, a recent study suggests. Stick to low-sugar or diet varieties to avoid the dental damage that can be caused by consuming too many sugary treats.

A surprising snack may help keep breath fresh.
A recent study reveals ordinary yogurt may help reduce  hydrogen sulfide, an unpleasant-smelling compound that  contributes to mouth odor. Look for plain, sugar-free  varieties that contain live active cultures to help  keep bad breath away.
Barbers at one time combined shaving and haircutting with bloodletting and pulling teeth. The white stripes on a field of red that spiral down a barber pole represent the bandages used in the bloodletting.
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