Store-bought mouthwashes contain chlorhexidine, fluoride, thymol, and alcohol that cause tooth decay, kill healthy bacteria, spike BP, and even lead to oral cancer. Instead, fight infections, bad breath, and gum diseases using natural ingredients. For a DIY mouthwash, add 10 drops of an essential oil (clove, myrrh, peppermint, lemon, cinnamon) in 2 cups of filtered water and rinse.
Our dentists always reminds us to brush, floss, and use a mouthwash daily for good oral hygiene. We all want a beautiful smile, right?
Many products in the market promise to kill germs, fight plaque, whiten teeth and freshen breath. But what’s really in those products?
Ingredients Of A Mouthwash
Used for antibacterial purposes. It helps prevent or reduce plaque above the gum line. It may also cause a burning sensation and may increase your risk of oral cancer. Alcohol dries out the mouth, which makes you more prone to cavities due to reduced saliva.
Helps reduce tooth decay and make teeth more resistant to decay. While fluoride is naturally found in nature, the stuff in our oral health care products (and water) is synthesized in laboratories and is a highly toxic substance.
Fluoride can cause arthritic symptoms, bone fractures, and can affect your brain and thyroid gland. Scientists in Harvard discovered that it may even lower people’s IQ.
An antiseptic chemical used to reduce plaque and bacteria and it kills the healthy bacteria in your mouth.
It may also raise blood pressure thus increasing your risk for heart attack. Chlorhexidine may also bring about side effects including headaches, dry mouth, shortness of breath, and upper respiratory infections.
A white crystalline substance that has strong antiseptic properties and prevents the formation of plaque on teeth. It’s also used as a pesticide. Use of Thymol has led to skin irritations, skin sensitivity, gastric pain, nausea, and vomiting to name a few.
Wow, and they want us to put that stuff in our mouth every day? No thanks! I’m all about skipping as many chemicals and harmful ingredients as possible, which is why I choose to make my own mouthwash using all natural ingredients.
It’s pretty easy too. Get a glass bottle and add in 2 cups of filtered water along with 10 drops of essential oils. Shake well, swish, gargle and spit out.
Essential Oils To Choose From
You can use one essential oil or a combination, whichever you prefer. Here are some suggestions for a good oral hygiene.
- Myrrh – Fights gum disease, infections and sores
- Clove – Protects nerves, soothes pain and prevents tooth decay
- Peppermint – Freshens breath; reduces swelling, inflammation and tenderness
- Protective Blend – Helps fight infection and bacteria; prevents tooth decay
- Cinnamon – Helps fight oral infections; reduces inflammation (a hot oil, go easy with this one)
- Lemon – Helps fight plaque
As you’re working on improving the products you use for oral hygiene, don’t forget about your toothpaste too. Let’s keep it clean!