Natural Mouth Care Solutions
Most people have heard of natural tooth paste, and many are trying to steer clear of the unhealthy choices on the market. Natural choices do exist but they are over priced and the same thing can be made at home….simply.
I am sharing recipes for natural mouth care which include –
- Toothpaste or tooth powder
- A simple teeth whitening solution that works,
- 3 mouthwash recipes
The main consideration for good oral health and strong, healthy teeth comes down to diet. Eating whole food, real food, and making sure to get foods that supply vitamin k2 and probiotics in will help tremendously in oral health care. If you have any problems that require a dentist, by all means get checked out. These recipes are used mainly as a preventative, not treatment. However some of the herbs and oils used in recipes can do wonders for reversing certain dental issues. If you need a temporary solution for a tooth filling, you can read my post on how to make on here. I have since learned that beeswax and clove oil can make a temporary filling, however it’s a lot more messy!
1. TOOTH PASTE OR TOOTH POWDER
After years of using my own homemade tooth paste, I have come up with my favorite recipe. You may be surprised to see that I use manuka honey in my recipes. I would like to say up front that after extensive research, I feel completely comfortable with using it for it’s many benefits including dental health. You can read more about it here. You can also use stevia, or leave out a sweetener all together.
I have read articles about storing in plastic or metals that are not a good choice with clay because the toxins from them leach into the clay. Always store in a GLASS container with a lid to be on the safe side.
This recipe should last a family of 4 for about 1 month.
4 Tbs. bentonite clay (I use white, but you can experiment)
¼ tsp. unrefined salt, fine grain such as Celtic, Real salt, Himalayan, or any other natural sea salt
4 – 6 Tbs. extra virgin coconut oil, melted (more or less depending on desired consistency)
½ – 1 tsp. manuka honey (optional)
15 drops liquid stevia or ¼ tsp powder stevia (optional)
10 drops of any of the following:
- peppermint essential oil
- wintergreen essential oil
- sweet orange essential oil (kids love this one)
- 6 drops tea tree oil (Never Swallow! Leave out if a small child might swallow.)
- Melt coconut oil over a very low heat until completely melted. DO NOT overheat.
- Meanwhile, put clay and salt in a small glass jar that your tooth paste will be stored in.
- When the coconut oil is melted, add it to the clay and salt along with the rest of the ingredients; mix well, let cool completely before using.
If you want to make tooth powder, just leave out the coconut oil; place all other ingredients in a small glass jar and shake until well blended. You might have to mix it well with a fork to make sure the essential oils didn’t form small clumps.
To use, wet your tooth brush before applying the powder.
You may also want to add some powdered herbs/spices such as cloves, in that case use 1/8 tsp. and add it with the clay.
2. TEETH WHITENING SOLUTION
This should be used 1 – 2 times a week, or as needed. You may not need this if you are brushing with the Natural Tooth Paste above.
The simple solution is to mix equal parts of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide; use ¼ tsp. of each. Brush for about 2 minutes and rinse well.
3. NATURAL MOUTH WASH; 3 OPTIONS
This can be used as a daily mouth wash.
1. Baking Soda Mouthwash
½ cup filtered or distilled water
2 tsp baking soda
2 drops tea tree essential oil
2 drops peppermint essential oil
In a glass container, such as a mason jar or other container with a lid, put all ingredients and shake well.
*Shake well before each use and avoid swallowing.
2. Herbal Antibacterial Mouthwash
1 oz of any of the following herbs/spices:
- Whole cloves
- Golden seal
- Place 1 ounce of herb or spice in a pot, then pour 2 cups of boiling water over the top of them. Make sure the herb/spice is fully covered.
- Let steep overnight or at least 4 hours and then strain.
- Bottle final product in a glass jar with a lid.
3. Simple Easy Mouthwash
In 1/2 cup filtered or distilled water (plain or infused), add 10 – 20 drops of any essential oil or tincture that is beneficial to mouth health. You can use suggestions that have been covered here in this post or research others.
1/2 cup infused anise seeds (1 tsp. anise seeds soaked in water over night, then strained in morning) and 6 drops tea tree oil.
That is one of my favorites and it is great when fighting bad breath. The options are limitless, experiment!
Benefits of The Ingredients:
Bentonite Clay– used in this preparation for it’s very mild abrasive properties to help scrub and polish the teeth. The high mineral content in bentonite clay may help re-mineralize and heal mild decay.
*Not harmful if swallowed by children, it’s actually good for removing toxins from the body.
Clove Powder– Over the centuries clove has ben used for pain relief and infection control during oral procedures. Clove has a numbing affect that eases pain, and its other properties can help prevent or even reverse infection or soreness; antiseptic, antifungal, antibacterial and anesthetic.
Unrefined Salt– Due to the minerals found in the salt, it can help to re-mineralize teeth and help them to heal. Also good for tightening gums.
Manuka Honey– May help prevent and reduce plaque buildup, leading to lower risk of tooth decay.
Stevia– used as a sweetener.
Tea Tree Oil– Effective in treating periodontal disease and bad breath. It can be used for its antiseptic, antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties.
*Never swallow, don’t use in small children’s paste.
Peppermint essential oil– Used for flavor and removal of bad breath. Helps teeth and gums deal with germs.
Wintergreen essential oil– Used for flavor and helps prevent tooth decay.
Sweet orange essential oil– Used for flavor and its anti inflammatory properties.
Coconut Oil– Destroys the bacteria that can cause tooth decay. Also has antimicrobial, anti bacterial, and anti viral properties.
Witch Hazel- Sooths sore gums and mouth sores.