A mouthwash serves to help reduce the daily build-up of the thin, invisible layer of bacteria that forms around teeth known as plaque. Fighting plaque is important to prevent a number of conditions: the development of tartar (or hardened plaque), the presence of cavities that eventually lead to tooth decay,
It is important to note that mouthwash is not a substitute for traditional brushing and flossing. Used in conjunction with brushing and flossing, however, a mouthwash can assist in maintaining proper oral hygiene.
Since the days of the first recorded mouthwash use 3,000 years ago, the market has grown more industrialized and commercialized. Many commercial mouthwash products contain complex chemicals and artificial sweeteners to combat bad breath and improve oral health. For example, some mouthwashes cosmetically mask the odor of bad breath only temporarily, but don’t address the underlying causes.
You may have read articles about rare cases of fluoride hypersensitivity or products that contain levels of alcohol affecting people with pre-existing symptoms of gum disease. Moreover, it is important to research and consult with your dentist about a mouthwash that is best for your needs. Once you learn the needs of your mouthwash, you can start make mouthwash at home.
If you want to avoid chemicals, artificial dyes, and alcohol in your mouthwash you may want to make your own mouthwash at home. Make mouthwash at home with your own natural, mouthwash can be fun and simple, not to mention less expensive than commercial mouthwashes. And you can customize it by adding flavors that you enjoy.
Have you ever wondered how to make your own mouthwash at home? For the “Do It Yourselfer” who prefers natural ingredients, below is a simple homemade mouthwash that is inexpensive, alcohol-free, and easy to make.
“Do It Yourself” Mouthwash
Ingredients: Mineral water, baking soda, 100% peppermint essential oils, glass jar
- Bring 1 Cup of Filtered, Distilled, or Mineral Water to a Vigorous Boil.
- Remove from heat, let cool, and add:
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- 3 drops of 100% peppermint essential oils
- Mix all ingredients and shake well prior to every single use
- Store in a tightly sealed bottle or jar (a mason jar works well) at room temperature
* Please do not swallow
*Variations: You can add herbs and spices such as basil, cloves, fennel, ginger, rosemary, etc. Just steep in freshly boiled water for 20 minutes, strain, and resume at Step 3.
Of course not everyone has the time or inclination to make their own mouthwash at home. If that’s the case, your Midtown Dentistry dentist can help you choose a commercial mouthwash that best suits your needs.