When it comes to oral care, nothing else quite compares to the ‘sacrificial’ feeling that the use of dental floss induces. It asks considerable short-term effort in exchange for the long-term benefit. But, if you had to name the section of a complete oral care regimen that comes close to the feeling flossing provides, it would probably be the use of mouthwash: stings, burns and all.
People can find DIY solutions where none seems to exist, and this is the case for homemade mouthwash, an inexpensive and effective alternative to the store-bought variety. Using common, natural ingredients, homemade mouthwash makes for an oral care solution you can trust. After all, you made it yourself.
Here are the things you will need:
Half a cup of water
Two teaspoons of baking soda
Baking soda is one of the most versatile cleaning substances at home. Now, you can take advantage of baking soda’s dental applications as well. Just remember that this substance is abrasive, and excessive use may lead to tooth erosion, so keep the amount to a minimum.
Two drops of tea tree essential oil
With the baking soda covering you on the dental health front, tea tree oil works wonders on your gums. It is antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal — justifying its place in so many of today’s health and hygiene products. With just a couple of drops, your homemade mouthwash can also obtain tea tree oil’s exceptional properties.
Two drops of peppermint essential oil
Whilst this does not necessarily contribute to improving the health of your teeth, dentists from MiSmile note that a mild peppermint flavour can make the homemade mouthwash taste more authentic and your breath smelling fresher.
A small, airtight container. Preferably, something you can easily shake.
The water will not completely dissolve the baking soda, and definitely, will not combine with the oils, so remember to shake the container before using the mouthwash for a more even solution.
By swishing two to three teaspoons of your new homemade mouthwash, you can finally start saving not just money, but the health of your teeth as well.