The DIY trend is growing in popularity because people are realizing the benefits of natural ingredients and understanding the negatives of chemical-filled commercial products. When it comes to mouthwash, most varieties contain fluoride, which is one of the most toxic substances known to man. Fluoride compounds are purposefully added to water (not everywhere) through a process called fluoridation, but its use in commercial toothpastes and mouthwashes is dangerous.
Did you know that fluoride has never been significantly proven to protect your teeth from cavity development? Continued fluoride consumption, which the body can absorb through mouthwashes or toothpastes, can lead to gastrointestinal disorders, osteoarthritis, essential enzyme inhibition, immune system suppression, and acute poisoning.
This is why we strive to find DIY solutions, which use natural ingredients that do not harm the body. For instance, we came upon an antibacterial DIY mouthwash with antifungal properties that help keep your breath fresh. This mouthwash contains two powerful essential oils (tea tree and peppermint), which are not dangerous to your body.
Recent dental studies have found that essential oils, when properly diluted, safely reduce plaque on teeth. The proper dilution would be 1 cup of distilled water per 10 drops of essential oils. They fight back against gingivitis and don’t stain your teeth, which is common among chlorhexidine rinses. A study of essential oils on dental implants showed that they actually helped limit biofilm production.
The benefit of using DIY products is that you know exactly what goes into what you are using. The use of DIY mouthwashes also decreases the amount of waste headed to landfills, due to fewer plastic bottles used. Use this mouthwash to help improve your oral hygiene and have a better environmental footprint.
- 1 small glass mason jar
- ½ cup distilled water
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 2 drops tea tree essential oil
- 2 drops peppermint essential oil
- Add all of the ingredients to the small mason jar and shake to combine. When you don’t use it the baking soda will settle at the bottom of the jar, so be sure to shake it up prior to rinsing.
- Swish about 2-3 teaspoons of the mixture in your mouth for one minute. Be sure to avoid swallowing this mixture.
- Spit it out and rinse your mouth with filtered water.
Note that this mouthwash is best used after brushing with a non-toxic, fluoride-free toothpaste.