The most important way of taking care of oral hygiene is obviously to visit your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings. However, in between appointments you want to make sure to maintain all the good that your dentist has done for your teeth. While there are myriad oral hygiene products on the market, all tested and true, most are not ideal if you want to live a natural lifestyle. Luckily, it's possible to make your own oral hygiene products at home, as well as painkillers for any pesky aches; doing so will not only bring you peace of mind, it's also a lot kinder on the wallet.
There are many products on the market to help whiten teeth, but unfortunately, these products are often quite harsh. It's possible to make your own teeth whitener at home that is just as effective as other products you may have tried, and you need look no further than your kitchen to find the supplies you need. Simply mix a small amount of baking soda with enough lemon juice or water to make a paste, then, using a toothbrush, apply the paste to freshly cleaned teeth. Leave the paste on for about a minute (you can do 2-3 minutes if you're using water) and then rinse.
A great tool to have in your tooth care arsenal is a good mouthwash. Mouthwash helps remove plaque from the teeth, plus it contains antibiotics that kill any bad bacteria that could feast on your teeth, However, many store-bought varieties are made with an alcohol called ethanol. According to a 2014 study, use of mouthwashes that don't contain alcohol can have a better effect on the colour of your teeth, as well as their gloss and wear. Instead, make your own mouthwash at home, using little more than salt and water -- simply mix a teaspoon of salt into a mug of warm water and let it dissolve. Rinse it around your mouth as you would any other mouthwash, and then spit it out. Salt works well as an anti-bacterial agent and so will be effective in killing off the bad bacteria.
A toothache can be a pain, quite literally. While it's easy to pop a pill, you can cure your toothache just as effectively by using natural products. A great natural remedy, and one that again lives in your kitchen, is black pepper. Mix the pepper with enough water to make a paste, and apply it to the affected tooth. If you pain is more than mild, try adding a drop of clove oil instead of water. Clove oil is known to be an effective painkiller on teeth.
So, if you want to care for your teeth naturally in between visits to the dentist, give these tooth and body-friendly remedies a try.