Of the many ways we can take care of ourselves, paying attention to our teeth is a major hygienic priority. From the moment we begin teething as babies, parents, teachers and dentists drill the idea of proper dental care into our heads. In general, the key steps to achieving and maintaining an award-winning smile is to brush and floss daily. Throw in mouthwash and you’re good to go. Today there are a ton of products on store shelves to help us improve the health of our teeth but there are also homemade recipes you can turn to.
Each year it seems there is a new and improved type of toothpaste, floss or mouthwash that promises to remove food, plaque, bad breath and a score of other factors that can damage our teeth and gums. While many of them are effective and do the job, the price tags on such items can be pretty high. If you’re the do-it-yourself type, you’re probably not too keen on spending so much money on these kinds of products. Luckily, there are some great DIY recipes that will allow you to keep your entire family smiling from ear to ear.
The process of making your own homemade toothpaste may seem complicated in theory but in reality, it’s not that difficult. DIY types will definitely welcome the challenge and even first time DIY folks won’t have a hard time putting together the following recipe for toothpaste. Gather together 5 teaspoons of vegetable glycerin, 5 teaspoons of baking soda, ¼ teaspoon of salt and spearmint or peppermint oil. In a medium bowl, combine all of the ingredients together.
You will only need about 10 drops of the spearmint or peppermint oil. In order to control the consistency of the homemade toothpaste you can either add more of or less of the vegetable glycerin. Once you get the consistency you want, store your homemade toothpaste in a bottle with a wide mouth. The baking soda acts as the whitening agent, while the vegetable glycerin serves as the base and the salt takes care of the antiseptic and abrasive properties. You can find a score of homemade toothpaste recipes on the Internet in different flavors if you don’t care for the spearmint or peppermint flavor.
In addition to making your own toothpaste, you’ll want mouthwash to go along with it. DIY types will find a ton of great homemade recipes for mouthwash. The simplest homemade recipe for mouthwash is to combine ¼ teaspoon of baking soda, 2 ounces of water, 1 drop of tea tree oil and 1 drop of peppermint oil. After the ingredients have been mixed together and stored in a plastic bottle, it is ready for use. Need an even simpler homemade recipe? Fill a glass halfway with warm water, add 1 teaspoon of regular salt and use it to gargle with.
Do you have sensitive gums and bleed when you floss often? One DIY solution is to use sesame oil and massage your gums. The next day use neem powder to massage over your gums and alternate this practice a few times a week. The sesame oil and neem powder will work to nourish your gums and strengthen them over time, which can make flossing less uncomfortable.