Buying commercial toothpaste, floss and mouthwash can take a bite out of your wallet. But you can stop worrying about that with the following natural and cheap alternatives.
Simple and Homemade Mouthwash
This mouthwash uses the following dental-friendly ingredients:
- Baking soda: Baking soda is naturally abrasive and has a positive pH balance. This is important because the bacteria in your mouth flourish in environments with a negative pH. Baking soda will also help scrape off any particles in-between your teeth with its abrasive properties.
- Raw honey: Honey is highly osmotic and contains enzymes that disrupt the reproductive process of oral bacteria in your mouth. The osmotic nature of honey will eventually dehydrate the bacteria in your mouth to their demise.
- Cinnamon: Cinnamon contains a powerful bacteria-killer called cinnamic-aldehyde. This ingredient wounds the membranes of the bacteria in your mouth. The wounds are mortal and will eventually kill them.
To make your mouthwash, just follow the steps below:
- Add 1 teaspoon of honey to a cup of purified water
- Add 5 drops of cinnamon to the water
- Mix in 1 teaspoon of baking soda to the blend
Just use a mouthful of this mixture every time you use it. Keep the mixture in a mason jar with a lid to keep it clean, and shake it up before you use it.
Rethink your Floss
All you need to do is buy a spool of natural, thin hemp string, and cut a piece off. Dip it in the mouthwash mentioned earlier to enhance the string with healing ingredients. You can floss with the string as you normally would. That is how simple it is to replace commercially-sold floss.
Get Rid Of Your Toothbrush & Use a Twig
This one might seem a little strange, but the truth is you can use a natural twig instead of a toothbrush. The twig is called Miswak and is used in Middle-Eastern countries. This twig contains nimbin and other ingredients that will eradicate streptococcus, which is one of the most tooth-damaging bacteria in your mouth.
You can buy a pack of these twigs online, and just one can last a few months. To use it, follow the steps below:
- All you have to do is peel 1 inch from one of the ends of the twig.
- Dampen the peeled tip, and begin to chew.
- Now just use the bristle-like tip as a toothbrush. You can dampen it every time you use it.
- Repeat the process when the tip looks worn.
All of the aforementioned tips are quite inexpensive and should help enrich your oral health. As you can see, dental care can be very affordable. Remember that these practices are just preventative measures, and they do not replace your regular dental visits with practitioners like those at Smile Oxford Valley Dental Associates.