Since there are many oral care products on the market with toxic or unhealthy ingredients, the best way to take care of your mouth (teeth & gums) is with products made with herbs. They are Mother Nature’s answer to everything healthy.
Of course, brushing and flossing are the main ways to clean the teeth of plaque. Plaque causes tooth decay, bacteria in the mouth, and gum diseases. Brushing and flossing twice a day is the best for a healthy set of teeth and gums.
Although, some dentists recommend three times a day or after every meal, this can wear away the gums and expose the teeth to more bacteria. Especially if you eat small meals 6 to 8 times a day. Rinsing your mouth after eating can also help clean out bacteria and keep your gums from wearing away.
The first thing most people notice is your smile. Keeping it bright and shiny gives you more confidence and self-esteem when meeting people. It also helps you smile more often. Using a natural, herbal oral care product is much better to keep your mouth healthy.
Oral Care Products on the Market
Many retail toothpastes and mouthwashes are laden with harmful ingredients. Even though you don’t swallow toothpaste or mouthwash, it does get absorbed directly into the bloodstream from the mucous membranes in the mouth.
Studies on Common Ailments of the Mouth
Recent studies show detergent and foaming agent sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), which has been linked in recent studies to recurrent aphthous ulcers, also known as canker sores.
Fluoride, which is toxic, is required by the Food and Drug Administration to carry poison warning labels. That’s why you see a warning label on toothpaste. Fluoride is a very controversial subject; however, fluoride does prevent tooth decay, it also can cause a weak immune system. Too much fluoride, which you receive every day in the form of drinking water, toothpastes, mouthwashes, and other products, defeats the purpose of fluoride. You’re most like getting too much fluoride since every oral product you use contains fluoride.
Although dental floss seems an unlikely source of toxic chemicals, many products contain perfluorinated compounds (PFCs), which has been linked to cancer. So, “you’re damned if you do and you’re damned if you don’t” is the perfect saying for using oral care products that contain fluoride.
Below are some home basics ways to a healthy mouth. The formulas will give you an attractive smile and keep toxic ingredients out of your body.
The recipes and formulas are from Mother Earth Living
Oral Care Recipes
Mint-Myrrh Tooth Powder
This old-fashioned tooth-powder doesn’t have the consistency that most people associate with toothpaste, but it leaves your teeth feeling clean. If you like a sweet tooth-powder, add ½ teaspoon of stevia powder.
½ cup baking soda
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 teaspoons myrrh powder
½ teaspoon stevia powder (optional)
20 to 40 drops peppermint essential oil
Mix all ingredients together and store in an airtight container. To use, place 1 teaspoon of the powder into a small bowl or the palm of your hand. Wet your toothbrush, and dip the toothbrush into the powder. Brush and rinse thoroughly.
Herbal Healing Tooth Powder
This combination of herbs helps heal mild to moderate cases of gingivitis by tightening gums and fighting bacteria. It’s very astringent and doesn’t taste great, but it does the job.
2 tablespoons powdered myrrh
4 tablespoons powdered white oak bark
4 tablespoons baking soda
½ teaspoon sea salt
¼ teaspoon powdered cloves
¼ teaspoon powdered cinnamon
Mix all ingredients together and store in a tightly covered container. To use, place 1 teaspoon into the palm of your hand or a small bowl. Wet your toothbrush, and dip the toothbrush into the powder. Brush your teeth and gums thoroughly with the powder and rinse well.
Citrus Mint Toothpaste
This toothpaste is more similar to commercially available toothpastes because of the sweet flavor and smooth consistency, provided by vegetable glycerin.
¼ cup baking soda
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons vegetable glycerin
10 drops peppermint essential oil
10 drops orange essential oil
5 drops eucalyptus essential oil
Mix all ingredients together thoroughly in a small bowl. Store in a small, tightly covered container. To use, scoop approximately 1 teaspoon out of the container and place on your damp toothbrush. Brush your teeth and rinse thoroughly.
Simple Tooth-Whitening Treatment
Although this won’t give you the same dramatic results as the bleaching kits available at drugstores and from your dentist, it will result in a brighter smile.
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 teaspoon hydrogen peroxide
Mix ingredients together in a small container. Wet your toothbrush, and dip into the mixture. Brush your teeth for two minutes. Rinse thoroughly.
Citrus Mint Mouthwash
This mouthwash leaves your mouth feeling clean and refreshed, and the essential oils help combat bacteria.
20 drops peppermint essential oil
10 drops orange essential oil
10 drops eucalyptus essential oil
1 cup vodka
Combine essential oils with vodka and store in a tightly capped bottle. To use, dilute 1 tablespoon mouthwash in 1 cup water. Stir well. Use as a gargle and mouth rinse and do not swallow.
NOTE: in lieu of essential oils, you can use the actual herb.
Spicy Sweet Mouthwash
This mouthwash requires a couple of weeks for the spices to steep in the alcohol.
1 cup vodka
1 tablespoon whole cloves
1 tablespoon cinnamon chips
1 teaspoon fennel seed
1 teaspoon anise seed
1 teaspoon licorice root
Place vodka and spices into a small glass jar, tightly lidded. Steep for two weeks, giving the jar a shake daily to keep spices from settling. Strain and pour into a glass bottle. To use, dilute 1 tablespoon mouthwash in 1 cup of water. Use as a gargle and mouth rinse and do not swallow.
Antiseptic Mouth Rinse
The herbs in this formula help fight bacteria and heal tender, bleeding gums.
1 tablespoon Calendula tincture
1 tablespoon Oregon grape root tincture
1 tablespoon myrrh tincture
½ cup vodka
Mix tinctures with vodka and store in a tightly capped glass bottle. To use, mix 1 teaspoon of mouthwash in 1/2 cup of water. Rinse your mouth thoroughly for 30 seconds and do not swallow.
You can also use some or all of the following to make your own combination of herbs to suit your oral care.
Make Your Own Mouth-Care Products
There are many excellent natural herbal mouth-care products available on the market such as Weleda Calendula Toothpaste, Ayurvedic Licorice Toothpaste, and Dr. Christopher’s Herbal Tooth & Gum Powder.
It’s also fun to make your own and if you get the kids to help, they will brush their teeth longer and more often. Kids really enjoy using products they make.
Top 12 Herbs for Mouth Health
- Aloe (Aloe vera) — With its soothing, anti-inflammatory properties, aloe gel helps heal gum inflammation. If you have a fresh aloe vera plant, cut off a leaf, slice it, and apply the gel from the inner leaf directly to the affected area. You also can use pure bottled aloe vera gel.
- Calendula (Calendula officinalis) — With soothing, anti-inflammatory properties, Calendula helps heal irritated, tender gums. It also has mild antiseptic action. A cup of warm Calendula tea is a simple mouth rinse for sore gums.
- Clove (Syzygium aromaticum) — Cloves are rich in eugenol, an excellent topical anesthetic. A tooth-ache always warrants a visit to the dentist, but you can temporarily numb the pain with clove oil. Dip a cotton swab into clove essential oil and gently rub the painful tooth and gum with the oil.
- Echinacea (Echinacea spp.) — As a powerful immune-stimulating herb, Echinacea helps combat infection. To help heal gum inflammation, add ½ teaspoon of liquid extract to ½ glass of tepid water, rinse your mouth and then swallow the mixture. Repeat three times a day until the infection subsides.
- Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) — Rich in astringent and antimicrobial compounds, Goldenseal often is included in commercial toothpastes and mouthwashes. It’s helpful both for preventing and healing gum problems.
- Myrrh (Commiphora spp.) — Is one of the best herbs for healing bleeding gums and mouth ulcers, and helps combat the bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease. Add myrrh liquid extract to mouthwash or use powdered myrrh in a homemade toothpaste or poultice for healing gum infections.
- Neem (Azadirachta indica) — Highly regarded for centuries in Ayurvedic healing as a premier antibacterial herb, neem is included in natural toothpastes and mouthwashes to help prevent plaque.
- Oregon grape root (Mahonia spp.) — With a high concentration of antimicrobial compounds, Oregon grape is excellent for helping to prevent and heal gum problems. Because of its astringent properties, Oregon grape also helps heal bleeding gums.
- Peppermint (Mentha piperita) — is a favorite ingredient in toothpastes and mouthwashes. Menthol, the ingredient responsible for the flavor of peppermint, is an excellent breath freshener. Add a couple of drops of peppermint essential oil to a glass of water and use as a mouth rinse.
- Sage (Salvia officinalis) — The strong astringent properties of sage have made it a favorite herb for helping tighten the gums and soothe a sore mouth. A warm tea made from sage makes an excellent mouth rinse for helping heal the gums.
- Tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) — A potent antimicrobial, tea tree essential oil fights the bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease. Add 3 drops of tea tree essential oil to ½ cup of tepid water and use as a mouth rinse.
- White oak (Quercus alba) — Strongly astringent white oak bark, used in a mouth rinse, is helpful for healing swollen, tender and bleeding gums.
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Let us know the type of herbal toothpaste and mouthwash you use to keep your mouth healthy.