Starting a natural dental business isn't just something that came from nowhere.
I wanted to find natural alternatives to tackle the bad breath I've suffered with all my life.
I was fed up of having to use super powerful synthetic toothpastes that promised to rid me of bad breath when all they did was cause me pain - literally not metaphorically.
I used to use this mouth wash that stripped the inside of my mouth, I could literally pull skin away. It never freshened my breath.
So, along the way I've picked up some tips on how to help keep your breath fresh, naturally of course.
1. Clean your teeth at least twice a day. Simple and you would think shouldn't need to be said but there are people who only brush once a day (23% in the UK) or, now this is yuck, not at all. (2%). So, it's not always a given eh?.
2. Floss. Flossing is key to get rid of the debris and dirt between your teeth that would otherwise be stuck there for goodness know's how long. Flossing massages the gums, stops bleeding, gum disease and gingivitis.
3. If you have slightly receding gums, a marker of older age and women who've been pregnant, receding gums can have little pockets where floss cannot reach easily so interdental brushes can sort that right out, massaging as they go helping get rid of gingivitis and gum disease.
4. Use a tongue cleaner. Seriously, it's a bit like marmite, people either love it or they hate the idea. However, tongue cleaning will pull off dead skin from your tongue that would otherwise stay there and start to smell. It'll pull off debris from the tongue and leave it clean and pristine! It helps when you're ill and you have that fuzzy tongue feeling too. Our stainless steel tongue cleaner changed my life! I credit it as one of the main things that helps me keep bad breath at bay.
5. Oil pull. Oil pulling is more effective at pulling out bacteria and smells that cause bad breath than a mouth wash. You can use just olive oil or coconut oil to do this too. I find that virgin organic coconut oil, that you can get from the supermarket to cook with, works amazingly and taste nice too. Use a spoonful and swish it about for a couple of minutes. It feels odd at first but you get used to it. You can oil pull for as long as you like, the longer you do it the more effective it is.
5. Follow this routine, clean your tongue, floss and/or use interdental brushes, clean your teeth and finally, oil pull. This can take just 5 minutes of your time so need not be a long faffy routine. I mean, who has the time eh?!
6. Take a small bag with your toothbrush and some toothpaste with you when you're at work or out and about. I also take my tongue cleaner for after I've had coffee but this is personal preference really. A little freshen up, if you're worried about bad breath, helps so much with your confidence. Especially after coffee, wine or a lovely gorgeous lunch.
7. If you feel you need to, use mints to freshen breath during the day. Keep it simple, any mint will do.
8. Look for natural toothpastes with things like peppermint for freshening and soothing, tea tree for it's antibacterial amazingness and menthol for that fresh breath in.
9. Charcoal is a must but avoid tooth powders with high contents of charcoal powder in it, certainly do not buy anything that is 100% charcoal. Charcoal is an abrasive ingredient, it can break down enamel when in too high a dosage. That's why our toothbrushes are ideal for any routine. Their percentage is just right.
10. The last one, and one that isn't related to dental at all but is a biggy. Bad breath is often an internal issue. From many many health issues that cannot be changed, that's why I recommend the tips above to try and counteract this, to our diet. Our diet is key. I've found that the less meat people eat or even none at all helps with bad breath as well. If you can reduce your meat intact or go veggie then this will hugely reduce bad breath.
If you have any tips for us or wish to share your experience with bad breath or have any other questions please do let me know.
Bad breath is nothing to be ashamed of. Most people suffer with it. It can effect us mentally and hugely impact our confidence, it has done that to me over the years. I share this knowledge to help and empower you.
You are not alone in your plight.