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I’m Rodger Douglas and I treat fibromyalgia with homeopathy. I use a body mind approach that revolves around simple and healthy living.

oral hygiene

oral hygiene

 

Oil pulling

Tongue Cleaning

Brushing: baking soda

 

oil pulling

 

Oil pulling is an age-old Ayurvedic practice that has gained recent popularity because of its various useful benefits. 

 

Your mouth is filled with bacteria, most of which are single cells covered with a lipid (fatty) membrane. These fatty membranes naturally adhere to any type of oil or fat. 

 

So, when you swish oil around in your mouth bacteria are pulled from your teeth and gums as though they are being drawn to a magnet. 

 

Put about a tablespoon of oil in your mouth. The most popular oils are coconut and sesame but any good quality oil will do the job. 

 

Swish the oil around very gently and slowly. There is no need to do it forcefully.

 

Swish for 5 to 20 minutes. The longer you swish the more microbes will be pulled free. The oil will eventually turn a milky white, which indicates that the bacteria has been "pulled" off.

 

When you are done spit out the oil. It is very important that you don’t swallow the solution because you don’t want the microbes entering your digestive track. 

 

After that rinse your mouth with water.

 

Oil pulling doesn’t have any side effects. However, if you swallow the oil, it can cause stomach discomfort or diarrhea. Initially, you may experience sore jaw and headache due to swishing and even tooth sensitivity.

 

tongue scraping

Tongue scraping is another ancient Ayurvedic practice that is becoming more and more popular. Removing the coating that builds up on the tongue on a daily basis can improve digestion and reduce bad breath. It also enhances your ability to taste your food, which making eating more satisfying. 

 

how to scrape

  • Stick your tongue our as far out as it will comfortably go.

  • Press the scraper down lightly as far back on your tongue as you can without gagging.

  • Slowly pull it forward to the tip of your tongue about 8 to 12  times until the whole tongue is clean.

  • Spit out any saliva and debris that has accumulated on your tongue.

  • Rinse the mouth with warm or room temperature water.

  • Make sure to clean the scraper thoroughly with warm water.

 

the tongue scraper

Tongue scrapers come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and materials. Copper is the preferred material due to its antimicrobial properties - it kills bacteria, yeasts, and viruses rapidly that come into contact with it. 

 

If you prefer not to buy a scraper you could use a teaspoon or ice cream stick instead. However, a good quality scraper does the job so much more effectively. Keep the scraper cleaned and sterilized and never share it with anyone - treat it like your toothbrush. Don’t scrape your tongue if you have a mouth sore or wound.

toothpaste

Toothpaste comes in an assortment of tastes and flavors but if swallowed in a sufficient amount can cause poisoning. This is because commercial toothpaste is filled with toxic chemicals. The most harmful ingredient is probably fluoride. It has been ingrained in our minds that fluoride prevents cavities but this is not entirely true. The type of fluoride in toothpaste is a toxic by-product of the fertilizer industry and is not the same as that which is found in nature. 

 

Fluoride is a neurotoxin that was once used as rat poison. Researchers have found that it can lower IQ in children. It can also cause brain damage, tumors, cancer, dementia, infertility, Alzheimer’s, lower sex drive, accelerate the aging process, and a whole lot more.

 

The amount of fluoride in toothpaste is pretty small but we’re putting into our mouths twice a day, 365 days a year. 

 

brush with soap 

Soap is the single best alternative to toothpaste.  In Good Teeth, Birth to Death Dr. Gerald Judd, PhD explains that most toothpastes contain glycerine, which according to his research is so sticky that it forms a coating on the teeth that requires up to 27 rinses to remove. Judd recommends “brushing with any bar soap” because soap washes off in just 2 rinses. 

 

Judd explains that teeth need to be clean in order to absorb minerals from food - teeth coated in glycerine cannot absorb minerals from food and thus can’t remineralize. 

 

Simply apply a tiny amount of soap to your toothbrush and start brushing. You don’t need much as it lathers really well.

 

homemade toothpaste

In addition to your new daily routine of brushing with soap I suggest a once a month cleanse with a homemade toothpaste. The reason I suggest one a month is because some of the ingredients are abrasive and may erode the tooth enamel gradually if used too often. 

 

Ingredients

1 teaspoon baking soda - neutralizes acids in the mouth

½ teaspoon salt - removes plaque, destroys bacteria, remineralizes.

½ teaspoon turmeric - curbs plaque and prevents gum inflammation

½ teaspoon activated charcoal - reduces plaque and stains

½ teaspoon bentonite clay - detoxifies and mineralizes

2 drops hydrogen peroxide - whitens teeth, antibacterial

 

Instructions

Other than the baking soda all the ingredients are optional. You. Are free to experiment and play around. Simple mix all the ingredients together and store in a watertight container. If you’d prefer to make a paste add some water or some oil (coconut to olive). To use scoop a small amount onto a toothbrush and brush away. Use once a day for a maximum of one week

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