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since being 100% raw, my teeth have begun to suffer after always being perfect. (i dont eat a lot of citrus and am not 811, dont eat heaps and heaps of fruit generally, dont eat much nuts or seeds, and eat lots of greens).
i was thinking of doing a homemade, raw, herbal mouthwash, with peppermint, nutmeg, tea tree oil, and a few other herbs - has anyone ever tried making anything like this before/had success with herbal mouthwashes?
01-18-2010, 02:26 AM
I haven't, I'd like to know how it turned out and how it's working for you.
01-18-2010, 02:56 AM
Stevia leaf and yerba santa?
I chewed a few stevia leaves one night and woke up with a very sweet and refreshing taste in my mouth rather than morning breath.
Yerba Santa is an herb used by Native American Indians as a mouth wash/astringent and a gargle for sore throats. You can chew the leaves for a breath freshener and oral hygiene. I've smoked it in a pipe mix too for it's expectorant/decongestant properties (it thins mucous) and when I had terrible hayfever. It's good for asthma because it is a bronchial dilator.
Goldenseal might be good too for it's ability to heal infections of mucous membranes.
01-18-2010, 06:59 AM
Have you tried oil pulling instead.
01-18-2010, 07:56 AM
I should have asked, and some specifics might help us to help you better, but how are your teeth suffering? More sensitive? If so, is it to cold, to heat, or to pressure? Are you developing more cavities? Are previous fillings being eroded away by grinding or clenching? Abfraction or the loss of enamel near the roots, which can be caused by bruxism, can cause sensitivity due to dentin becoming exposed at or below the gumline. Is it your gum health and probing measurements that are worse? Have you seen a dentist who tells you they are suffering or are you basing it on feeling and appearances? I guess how they are suffering could have a bearing on the cause and therefore a solution.
I haven't seen any worsening of dental health since going raw. On the contrary sensitivity has lessened due to less clenching and grinding. I think oil pulling as suggested did lessen the amount one cavity seemed to bother me. I have since had it repaired and at my checkup I was otherwise told my teeth looked good and were receiving above average care after five months of dietary change.
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