After finishing all your oral hygiene techniques, you can massage your gums with a plaque-fighting, gum-strengthening solution. Gargles and mouthwashes are made by either preparing a standard tea and allowing it to cool or by adding a dropperful of tincture to a glass of warm water or an oral irrigation device such as a WaterPik. This is a great way to clean out any missed places, stimulate circucalte and get an hernal treatment at the same time. Following are some recommended herbs to include in oral rinsing:

MYRRH ( Commiphora myrrha ) resin improves mouth sores, gingivitis, gum recession, bleeding gums and infection. It also freshens the breath and is analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antiseptic and astringent.

NEEM ( Azadirachta indica ) reduces bacteria populations in the mounth. It strengthens the gums and prevens plaque buildup.

PEPPERMINT ( Mentha x piperita ) freshens breath and eases gum inflammation.

PRICKLY ASH ( Zanthaoxylum americanum) bark improves circulation and tightens gums. It can also help relieve the pain of a toothache.

SPILANTHES ( Spilanthes acmella ) herb is used for treting gum infections. It is also useful as a poultice for toothache.

WHITE OAK BARK ( Quercus alba ) strengthens and tones tissue, helping relieve bleeding and receding gums.

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