Clean Your Teeth with 100% Natural Products
Conventional toothpastes, whiteners and mouthwashes contain ingredients that are too aggressive for the pH of our mouth. Although at the moment of using them they give us a sensation of cleanness and freshness, in the long run they are lowering our mouth's natural defenses that help prevent all kinds of problems: cavities, gingivitis, infections, etc.
Instead of conventional products we can use natural and ecological products which are made with ingredients that not only maintain the balance in the mouth but also provide some therapeutic benefits. In this article we will find out what some of these products are; an economic and very healthy alternative to the conventional products.
White (bentonite) clay to clean your teeth
White clay is one of the basic ingredients of natural toothpaste, thanks to its properties as a:
It is appropriate for everyone, provided that it is white clay and is specific for oral use, since there are many varieties of clay that contain components that can be toxic upon contact with the mucous membranes lining the inside of the mouth. Further, with this type of clay we need to make sure that its texture is very fine, without tiny sand that can damage the tooth enamel.
You can use the clay directly on your wet toothbrush or even better, combine it with some of the following ingredients.
This spice of intense yellow color has excellent health benefits and is also very appropriate for our mouth, thanks to these qualities:
You can clean your teeth by brushing with turmeric for two minutes and then rinse your mouth out with water, or even better mix it with the white clay and you will have an even more complete toothpaste.
With this ingredient there are innumerable medicinal properties that it can provide to our toothpaste, including giving it the texture of a gel, and which will make it much easier to use, or you can use it by itself.
In addition to having a very smooth texture and a delicious tropical flavor, this oil contains lauric acid, a component which helps prevent tooth decay and tartar.
It is very important that the coconut oil is extra virgin, because refined oils lose all their properties and can even become toxic in the long run.
In a previous article we explained how to make a remedy for detox using coconut oil.
Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)
Baking soda has been used traditionally as a natural whitener. It’s true that it helps to clean your teeth and to reduce inflammation in the gums in a natural way. However, you must not over use it because it is very alkaline and can damage the tooth enamel.
We recommend using it in small quantities, mixing it with other ingredients and always ensuring that the texture is very fine. To achieve this you can grind it or dilute it in a liquid base.
Infusion of thyme
This is an excellent mouthwash that gives us all the benefits of thyme. You only need to prepare a concentrated infusion of thyme and preserve it in the refrigerator for up to four days maximum.
If you rinse with this infusion after you clean your teeth well, you will be benefiting yourself of the antiseptic and anti-cavity properties of thyme, which are also very useful at preventing infections and canker sores. It is also recommended for those who have gums that bleed easily.
Seawater is another alternative mouthwash that will help to re-mineralize and make more alkaline in a balanced way.
Mix 50 cl (17 ounces) of seawater with 250 cl (84.5 ounces) of natural water, this is the appropriate proportion for our pH. In this way the taste will not be too salty but will be quite similar to our natural taste.
This mouthwash does not need to be refrigerated since there is no risk that it will be ruined.
Do you know about this surprising homemade trick? Banana peels allow us to whiten our teeth with something that the majority of us just toss in the garbage.
You only need to rub your teeth with the inside of the peel each day, for about two minutes, and then afterward brush your teeth like normal.
The result will be a gradual whitening of the tartar and of the stains which slowly have darkened the teeth with the passing of time, thanks to the salicylic acid and citric acid contained in the banana peel.