All Natural Mouthwash Recipes

10 February, 2020
Brushing after every meal is important, but you should also floss and use mouthwash for more complete dental hygiene.
 

Bad breath is an oral health problem that can be a sign of infection, tooth or gum disease, or even an illness like diabetes Usually, however, bad breath is caused by poor hygiene.

Some people don’t brush after eating, so they tend to have bad breath. Another possibility is that they do brush, but they don’t do it correctly, or they don’t floss and they skip the mouthwash, etc.

“Disinfecting” your tongue to eliminate accumulating bacteria can help a lot. The question is, are there natural ways to do this? The answer is, yes! Today we’ll be sharing some of those methods with you.

Bacterial growth on the tongue can lead to chronic halitosis and other oral conditions that might cause social problems and affect your overall quality of life. That’s why it’s so important to regularly clean your tongue.

What’s the best way to disinfect the tongue?

For a cleaner mouth and tongue free from bacteria, you’re going a toothbrush, toothpaste, a tongue scraper, and mouthwash.

  • Put a little toothpaste on the toothbrush and start brushing your tongue from front to back. Rinse using room temperature water.
  • Take the tongue scraper and use it to remove any remaining white residue. The correct way to do it is to scrape it from front to back using light pressure.
  • To finish, clean your mouth with an antibacterial mouthwash for one to two minutes.

This last product will eliminate any microscopic germs that remain after the first two steps.

We recommend reading: Your Tongue, Health and Emotions

 

Homemade mouthwash for a cleaner tongue

1. Baking soda mouthwash

You can use baking soda to make a mouthwash.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 drops mint essential oil

Directions

  • Brush your teeth and floss normally.
  • Then, combine all the ingredients in a glass bottle and shake to mix well.
  • Swish around your mouth several times, then spit out the liquid.

2. Apple cider vinegar rinse

Apple cider vinegar.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

Directions

  • Combine the two ingredients in a bottle and use the liquid as a rinse after brushing.

3. Parsley and clove rinse

You can use parsley and clove to make a mouthwash.
 

An infusion of parsley combined with cloves can help neutralize bad breath and bacteria in the mouth.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup water
  • 1 sprig parsley
  • 3 whole cloves

Directions

Boil the sprig of parsley with 3 whole cloves in a half a cup of water. Let cool, strain, and then use the liquid as a mouth rinse.

4. Hydrogen peroxide rinse

A woman using mouthwash.

Ingredients

  • 1 part hydrogen peroxide (2% – 5%)
  • 3 parts water

Directions

Mix both ingredients and use as the final step in your oral hygiene routine.

5. Antiseptic mouth rinse

A bottle of apple cider vinegar and a basket of apples.

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable glycerin
  • 15 g powdered myrrh gum (antiseptic)
  • 5 drops cinnamon essential oil
  • 5 drops clove essential oil

Directions

Incorporate all the ingredients into a clean glass bottle and shake to mix well.

 

Use just enough to swish around the mouth, then spit it out.

Also read: Treatments for the Most Common Mouth Problems

6. Mint rinse

You can use mint to make a mouthwash.

Ingredients

  • 5 mint leaves
  • ½ cup of water

Directions

Prepare an infusion with the mint leaves and water, let cool, then use the resulting liquid to rinse your mouth after brushing your teeth.

In conclusion

These are popular folk remedies for bad breath, but if you are having this issue (or other oral symptoms) you should see your dentist for proper diagnosis and treatment.

 
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