Rewinding the Years: Dental Care Tips for Older Adults

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Rewinding the Years: Dental Care Tips for Older Adults

Once my children were grown and on their own, I decided it was time to care of me. One of the first things I did was make an appointment with the dentist. I quickly discovered that years of not keeping up with my own dental care had taken a heavy toll on my teeth. Whereas I thought my teeth were just fine, the dentist pointed out several problems that were going to require a lot of work. When talking to friends, I found out that many of them were in the same boat. This blog is for people like me who just did not have time to keep up with their own dental care.

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2 Essential Oil Recipes That Will Minimize Infections During The Tooth Implant Process

While not common, there's always a chance of developing an infection in the gums during the process of getting a tooth implant. Luckily, you can utilize a variety of essential oils to keep your gums clean, healthy, and free of infection. Here are two essential oil recipes you can start using right away:

Peppermint Spritzer

An excellent way to stay hydrated throughout the day while keeping your gums clean and free of infection is to make a pitcher of peppermint spritzer to enjoy whether at home or on the go. Take your pitcher of peppermint spritzer out of the fridge in the morning and fill up a thermos to take with you for the day – your taste buds will appreciate it, and your gums will stay nice and healthy. Here's what you are going to need to make a batch:

  • 3 cups filtered water
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 lemon
  • 40 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 1 bottle of your favorite sparkling water

Pour the filtered water into a large pitcher, then thinly slice the lemon and stir the slices into the water. Next, add your essential oil drops and ice cubes to the water and stir vigorously until well combined. When ready to drink, fill a glass about three quarters full with the peppermint water and then top the glass off with some sparkling water. Enjoy!

Cinnamon Clove Toothpaste

Brushing with some homemade cinnamon clove toothpaste will help keep your teeth and gums clean and cut down on the chance that you'll develop an infection around the implant site. This toothpaste is easy to make and will hold up well in the fridge between uses for a week or so. You'll need the following ingredients to make enough cinnamon clove toothpaste for the entire family to enjoy throughout the week:

  • 2 tbsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp hydrogen peroxide
  • 10 drops cinnamon essential oil
  • 10 drops clove essential oil

Mix the baking soda and hydrogen peroxide together in a small sealable bowl until it turns into a paste, then add the essential oils and stir again until thoroughly combined. To use the toothpaste, just stick your brush in it or use a small spoon to transfer a small amount of it onto the brush bristles. Brush as you would with commercial toothpaste, and rinse well afterward.

These recipes are easy to make, and the entire family can benefit from their effects on teeth and gums overall. Click here for more info about dental implants