People are becoming more aware and health conscious when it comes to anything coming in contact with their bodies. With that, comes limiting artificial and processed products. There is a growing need for products that are natural without compromising on quality and effectiveness. Unfortunately, when it comes to most store-bought dental products avoiding chemicals can be hard. But, it’s definitely not impossible especially with the growing demand for such products. The good news is some dental care products can be done at home. This is only after compiling enough information and experimenting with the mixtures and effects.
1- Natural Tooth Paste
Toothpaste is mainly used to aid the toothbrush in the removal of plaque and food remnants off teeth. There are several available recipes for natural home-made kinds of toothpaste some include clay and herbs. Other recipes include coconut oil and baking soda. You can attempt to make them and after trying them. You can judge which leave your teeth feeling clean and smooth. If you feel like DIY toothpaste isn’t for you don’t worry, recently they have become available at health stores.
2- Oil Pulling
There are several natural dental care alternatives to mouthwashes the most common of which is the ancient practice of oil pulling. It involves swishing a tablespoon of oil in your mouth for 10-20 minutes before you brush your teeth. The time required seems to be awfully long but you can start before you shower and spit it out in the toilet or the bin (to avoid blocking your sink) at the end. Avoid gargling or swallowing the oil, just try to pull through the spaces between your teeth so that the oil can pull any bacteria and food remnants found in the mouth. The oils usually used are organic sesame oil or coconut oil.
3- Hydrogen Peroxide
Another alternative can be hydrogen peroxide which helps in reducing bacteria found in the gums and there are claims that it may help whiten teeth. Hydrogen peroxide foams when it is killing bacteria so don’t worry if your mouth suddenly fills up with foamy salty liquid. If you are going to prepare your own hydrogen peroxide mouthwash to make sure you use the lowest concentration (1-3%) and dilute it with water before use because it may cause damage to teeth and gums at high concentrations.
4- Baking Soda
Baking soda is one of the most versatile readily available ingredients in the household. It can also work as a mouthwash. Simply dissolve half a teaspoon in a warm cup of water and rinse out your mouth after tooth brushing. It has antibacterial properties and helps maintain a balanced pH in the mouth which means it helps reduce odor-producing bacteria.
Cloves, cloves, cloves, and more cloves! This aromatic flower bud is well known for its many benefits which include analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic properties. Its favorable properties have made it a natural dental care remedy for years. It is also being included in several dental materials. If you have a tooth-ache you can try holding a clove at the site of pain for a little while but take care to limit it to just one clove and not to get it too close to the gums because it might cause a burn.
This isn’t an alternative to going to a dentist but the analgesic effect of the clove will reduce the pain but the effect will wear off after some time. Another great use for coves is for making mouthwash! You can simply add a few cloves to boiling water and let it cool and use it or try mixing the cloves with cinnamon or peppermint oil so you can get their added benefits and flavors.
Things to keep in Mind:
When it comes to teeth whitening people will usually try very abrasive products to get the needed results instantly; they use sand, salt, baking soda, charcoal and anything else that will work. Try to avoid anything that is rough and gritty because while whitening your teeth it’s removing layers of your enamel and increasing the sensitivity of your teeth. You can try a natural whitener made of mixing baking soda and hydrogen peroxide until you get a wet runny mix and rub it on your teeth and keep it on as a mask for a few seconds and then rinse it out. You can try this once or twice a week after brushing your teeth. It’s important to remember when it comes to whitening your teeth nothing beats a proper oral hygiene routine.
All these and much more can be a healthy and cheap alternative to some commercial products. However, their exact effectiveness in controlling decay and gum disease is usually not proven (simply because no big company will benefit from that). So, it is preferable to use them cautiously. When trying out different combinations of materials listen to your body. If it doesn’t feel comfortable or if there is too much burning discontinue use and maybe try another recipe.