All natural healthy dental care is possible. Today's fancy toothpastes and mouthwashes can be duplicated at home with a few simple natural ingredients. Not only that but some of these natural recipes work better than their store bought counterparts and leave your mouth feeling incredibly clean and fresh. Dental care has never been so simple.
Duplicating natural store bought toothpaste
My favorite store toothpaste for dental care contains baking soda, peroxide and both mint and citrus flavors. This natural version costs about 10 cents for a weeks supply and really is a superior product. It took me a minute to get used to the taste, but once I saw how fresh it left my mouth, I was sold.
-All natural citrus mint toothpaste
Mix together ½ cup sifted baking soda, 2tsp. Salt, 3tsp. Hydrogen peroxide, ½ tsp orange extract, ½ tsp mint extract, small amt. of water to make paste. Store in the bathroom in a covered container. This natural dental care product does not expire. Leave out the peroxide for kids use.
We have also learned that in a pinch, plain baking soda or salt can be used as a natural toothpaste for dental care. They both provide a natural dental care scrub when the toothbrush is wet first with either peroxide or water.
Note: Peroxide is the whitening ingredient most dentists use for teeth.
Not fond of the baking soda?
Try using coconut oil as a base instead.
Homemade natural mouthwashes
Peroxide (½ cup) mixed with 1 cup water and a few drops of mint extract makes a wonderful naturally whitening mouthwash. This natural dental care product can be stored in the bathroom in a covered container. Peroxide also has natural germ killing properties. Keep out of reach of children.
A tingly minty mouthwash for natural dental care can be made with a few kitchen staples. This mouthwash is surprisingly long lasting. Parsley is a natural breath freshener that people have used for centuries. This is a great natural dental care product for kids as swallowing causes no harm.
Directions - Boil a cup of water on the stove. Remove from heat. Stir in1 tsp whole cloves, 1 tsp. ground cinnamon, 1 tsp. peppermint extract, 2 tsp. parsley. Let steep for about 10 minutes. Strain into a container. Cover and refrigerate.
-Alcohol based mouthwash
Adults may prefer a stronger natural dental care mouthwash. The antibacterial qualities in the vodka are similar to those in commercial germ killing dental care products. This natural dental care product contains alcohol and is not recommended for children.
Directions - ½ cup vodka, 1 cup distilled water, 1 tsp peppermint extract. Mix all ingredients and store in covered container in fridge. This all natural dental care product needs a few days to brew before using.
Portions of this article were previously published by this author on a now closed Yahoo property.