Like most self-care products, oral care products have their origin dedicated by ancient Egyptians, Romans, Chinese and the Greek. Egyptians kept their teeth clean and white with powders and pastes. The mixtures were made of burnt eggshells, pumice and ashes from ox hooves. The Chinese introduced salt, herbs and ginseng to improve the taste and strength of the cleansing agents.
Those days the toothpowders were coarse in texture with the objective of polishing the tooth in every use. The ingredients included bones and brick powders. But over the years research and findings proved that coarse textures can damage the enamel over time. Since then oral care products were made with milder ingredients like baking soda, natural salts and spices.
The increase in health concerns have raised the bars of quality in oral hygiene. Herbal tooth and gum powder are trending as healthier alternatives to long-term health. The ingredients in these powders help cleanse teeth and gums in a natural way. They are chemical free and cause no harm to the gums or the body.
COMMON INGREDIENTS IN HERBAL ORAL HYGIENE PRODUCTS
HARITAKI – It is the dried fruit of Haritaki tree, used in powdered form to cleanse teeth and gums. It has been traditionally used in recipes for curing oral concerns like gum diseases, oral sores and mouth ulcers. It has powerful anti-bacterial properties that prevents bacteria from causing tooth decay and cavities.
CLOVES – The anti-fungal and anti-microbial components in cloves makes them an ideal ingredient to support oral health. Out of 72 essential oils, cloves have the highest oxygen-radical-absorption-capacity, helping to reduce free radicals that are cancer-inducing. It reduces bacterial formation that causes gum diseases. It helps in balancing and maintaining a healthy oral biome.
EDIBLE CAMPHOR – Camphor has anti-inflammatory properties that help in gum diseases and toothache. It helps in preventing growth of bacteria in teeth and gums. Toothache can be reduced if camphor is applied. Bleeding gums can also be relieved with camphor.
ORGANIC SALT – Salt is a mild abrasive that helps in natural whitening of teeth and removal of plaque. It also kills bacteria. Salt is a natural source of fluoride which is essential for good oral health. You can find salts in different types of oral care products.
SAGE – Streptococcus mutans bacteria is notorious in causing dental cavities. Sage’s anti-microbial powers can neutralize these microbes and prevent decay and plaque. In cases of gum diseases sage leaves can help reduce inflammation, soothe sores, swollen and bleeding gums.
At Deyga Organics, we have formulated an herbal tooth and gum powder with these as key ingredients. Our tooth powder helps in fighting cavities, keeping teeth white and maintaining healthy gums.
SAFE ORAL CARE PRACTICES TO FOLLOW
According to Oral Health Foundation, to reduce tooth decay it is important to have sugary foods only during mealtimes. This ensures reduced acid attack on tooth from the sugars. Any ingredients in the label that ends with ‘ose’ could be extracts or forms of sugar. Fructose, Sucrose and glucose are the most common types. They can be found in sodas, sweets, candies and in most baked goods.
Consider twice or limit the intake of acidic foods. It can gradually dissolve the tooth enamel (dental erosion). Examples are citrus fruits, pickles, vinegars, wines, sodas.
From toothbrush to mouthwash, all your oral hygiene products must be free of harmful chemicals such as parabens and sulphates.
It is ideal to brush your teeth twice a day. One of these should be at night before going to bed. This ensures less breeding of harmful bacteria leading to decays and cavities.
When you choose to buy certain types of oral care product like toothpastes and mouthwash, read label and make sure if there is alcohol in the ingredients. It is proven that alcohol kills bacteria and prevents further build-up, but it is harsh on the gums. Especially, if you have sensitive gums and teeth, mouthwash containing alcohol may cause burning sensations for minutes even after usage.
Switching to natural toothbrush not only helps you but also the environment. Try Deyga’s bamboo toothbrush with charcoal infused bristles.
Fluoride is essential for healthy teeth and gums. Organic salt is a natural source of fluoride. When you buy oral care products online, make sure it contains organic salt.
Herbal ingredients can help the process naturally. Cleansing the enamel of teeth is mostly done without care using sulphates. Herbal ingredients like cloves and haritaki can help cleanse naturally without causing any side effects to the gums and body.
Tongue cleaners are to be used sparingly. Its not necessary to shave your tongue everyday with traditional tongue cleaners. This can affect the natural positioning of your taste buds. If you notice its time for a cleanse gently scrape with the cleaner. If bad breath is an issue gently brush your tongue everyday with your toothbrush. Bad breath causing bacteria resides mostly on the tongue.
If you are an avid chewer of gums, choose to opt for sugar-free ones. This will promote and balance saliva production preventing dry mouth and bad breath. Sugar-free also avoids unwanted acid attack unlike sugary gums.
Most of dental hygienist products suggested are infused with alcohol and sulphates for instant results. But this can be harmful in the long run. Sulphates and fluorides are poisonous if swallowed on a daily basis.
Smoking, drinking alcohol and use of other drugs are proven harmful for oral health. It can erode teeth enamel, cause dry mouth leading to cavities and gum diseases.
WHY CHOOSE HERBAL ORAL HYGIENE PRODUCTS
Herbal options thoroughly cleanse teeth and tackle oral issues naturally without causing any harm to the body.
Studies has proven that herbal dentifrices do not cause cavities. Also, they effectively help to reduce plaque and gingivitis.
The medicinal value of herbal products is also beneficial for the mental health. Avoidance of harmful chemicals naturally gives a feeling of safety and ease in daily life activities.
Tooth sensitivity can be tackled naturally with herbal oral care products. Chemical toothpastes temporarily numb the sensitive areas and do not cure them. Minerals in tooth powders in direct contact with the enamel, can re-mineralise it to its natural state over time. Chemical-laden toothpastes contain glycerin, which leaves a layer of film on the enamel preventing re-mineralization.
Teeth enamel gets weak with age. The usage of sulphates and alcohol can fasten this process. Also, acidic foods. Herbal options naturally help to strengthen teeth enamel.
Activated charcoal, bentonite clay and organic salts are the most common ingredients in herbal oral care products. Activated charcoal helps in cleansing deeply and effectively. Bentonite clay naturally helps in removing plaque without eroding the surface enamel. Slat helps kill bacteria and bad breath.
Natural ingredients aids in curing and preventing problems such as receding gums, gum pockets, sore and swollen gums, bleeding gums, plaque, tartar and periodontitis. They promote natural healing. Not only cure, but they are able to nutrify gum tissue with minerals.
They can neutralize bad odours with anti-fungal and anti-bacterial components.
Acids from sugars and vinegars can be harmful for the enamel. Natural ingredients can neutralize these acids to a balanced level.
Switching to tooth powder can also benefit in appearance. Teeth whitening is naturally obtained with the detoxifying effects of activated charcoal. Deyga’s tooth whitening powder removes toxins from the mouth and removes stains. All of the black washes away and it makes your teeth feel extremely clean and smooth. It is 100% natural, chemical-free and fragrance-free.