Loose teeth are commonly caused by periodontitis, an infection that can destroy the soft tissue and bone that support your teeth while elevating your risk for heart attack, stroke and other serious health problems, according to MayoClinic.com. Because poor oral hygiene is the most common cause of periodontitis, certain home remedies may help strengthen your teeth in some cases when used along with proper oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist.
Black Pepper and Turmeric
According to AyurvedicCare.com, a website that promotes natural Ayurvedic remedies for health problems, and Reenita Malholtra, author of "Ayurveda: A Holistic Approach To Health,” a mixture of black pepper and turmeric can be massaged into the gums to build stronger gums. To use this treatment, combine even amounts of black pepper and turmeric root in a small bowl -- or use a mortar and pestle -- and crush the ingredients together. With clean fingertips, gently massage the mixture onto your gums for 1 to 2 minutes. Rinse your mouth with cool, clean water. Avoid eating or drinking anything for 30 minutes after treatment. This remedy can be used daily as long as it doesn’t irritate your gums.
Table Salt and Mustard Oil
A mixture of table salt and mustard oil can help to strengthen the gums, preventing loose teeth as you age, according to Tandurust.com. To make this treatment, combine 1/8 tsp. table salt with 2 drops of mustard oil. Gently massage the mixture onto the gums with your fingers for 1 minute before rinsing your mouth with cool water. Use this treatment once per day as needed, as long as no irritation occurs. Avoid using this treatment if you have open cuts or sores in your mouth.
Amla fruit, commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine, can help to strengthen the gums and support connective tissue health, according to Healing Teeth Naturally, a website devoted to natural and holistic dental treatments. To use amla fruit to strengthen loose teeth and gums, combine even amounts of amla extract and clean water in a cup, and stir to combine. Rinse your mouth with this mixture once per day as needed. Avoid eating or drinking for 1 hour after rinsing your mouth with the amla mixture. Amla fruit extract can also be taken in capsule form.
- Ayurvedic Care: Why Teeth Become Loose
- "Ayurveda: A Holistic Approach To Health"; Reenita Malholtra; 2007
- Mayo Clinic: Periodontitis
- Healing Teeth Naturally: Strengthening Teeth and Gums
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