Toothpaste is an essential product for routine dental care yet it often receives insufficient attention attention. You might pick up whatever is on sale, promises whiter teeth or offers your favorite flavor. However, commercial toothpastes contain chemical additives, saccharin, harsh whiteners or bleaches and artificial flavors that may cause an allergic reaction. Making a homemade toothpaste allows you to choose ingredients to fit your individual needs, such as gum problems or sensitive teeth.
Remember to first floss your teeth. Moisten your toothbrush and apply some of the toothpaste to it. Brush your teeth for two minutes: then brush your tongue a few times. Rinse with water and gargle with mouthwash.
Antiseptic, anti-inflammatory essential oils, such as tea tree, peppermint, and thyme along with gently abrasive actions of sea salt, clay and baking soda can sweeten your breath, remove plaque, keep your gums healthy and destroy harmful bacteria without the use of chemicals.
For Fresh Breath
Nasty mouth odor is often the result of a coating on the tongue, not on the teeth. When you brush your teeth, brush your tongue too to remove the coating and harmful bacteria. You can also easily make an antiseptic mouthwash with tea tree and peppermint essential oils that will not only freshen your breath but also fight against gum inflammation.
To make Homemade Mouthwash:
Add ½ teaspoon of tincture of myrrh and 1 drop each of tea tree and peppermint oils to 1 cup of warm water. Each time you brush your teeth, gargle with this solution afterward.
For Sensitive Teeth Use
¼ cup white cosmetic clay
¼ cup vegetable glycerin
20 drops of tincture of myrrh
4 drops orange essential oil
4 drops clove essential oil
1.Put all ingredients in a bowl, and whisk them thoroughly until smooth.
2.Fill a plastic toothpaste tube (available at camping equipment stores) with the paste. Fold the end of the tube over several times until its firmly sealed. Or fill a jar with the paste.
3.Store in a cool dry place away from bright light. Use within 6 months.
Oral Hygiene Tips:
Replace your toothbrush with a new one about every 4 weeks to prevent bacterial and yeast buildup.
Use unwaxed dental floss or an oral irrigation device to remove stubborn plaque deposits and food particles from between your teeth every day.
To avoid eroding the gumline, use a soft toothbrush. Never brush your teeth so hard that your gums bleed.