Brushing our teeth is the first thing we do after getting up in the morning. But is it a healthy way to start the day? Toothpaste does provide a refreshing sensation to the mouth but also contains substances like fluoride, glycerin, titanium dioxide, and sodium lauryl sulfate, all of which can pose hazards to the health. After the age of 30, on an average 3 out of 4 people suffer from gum problems and are therefore switching over to natural methods of tooth cleaning for a healthier set of teeth.
But We Can Use Natural Alternates Which Are Discussed As Under
Sea salt is nature’s gift to man and can be easily used for cleaning the various parts of the body. We can dip the brush directly into the salt or use it after dissolving it in water so as to avoid abrasion from direct usage of the salt. In addition to cleaning the mouth, it can act as a nice mouthwash and prevent and heal sores and inflammation of the gums.
It is also known as sodium bicarbonate and it can act as an antibacterial to fight all the germs in the mouth and alkalize it effectively. Take 1/2 cup baking soda and add 1 tsp of sea salt to it. Keep this mix in an airtight jar and take a little mix and add some water to it before brushing. Now use this paste for brushing your teeth.
White Powdered Clay
This is used for brushing the teeth to strengthen the enamel and retain its whiteness. It has bacteria fighting abilities and can keep the teeth strong and healthy. A little boiled water can be added to clay to make a paste and then rubbed onto the teeth. Peppermint essential oil can also be added to this paste for a minty taste and freshness.
Hydrogen peroxide is known to keep the teeth sparkling white and clean. We can dip our toothbrush in this powder and brush our teeth, adding sea salt and baking soda to the mixture for better results. People having tooth filling should be careful while using hydrogen peroxide as it reacts with the mercury in the fillings.
Plain and simple water can be used for brushing the teeth as its natural and an easy option though the mouth is not left with any after taste of mint or any other flavor.
Coconut oil can be massaged on the teeth as well as the gums while being used for brushing. It has antibacterial and antifungal properties and keeps the teeth healthy. Add some sea salt and essential oils to the coconut oil and make a paste for getting more effective results.
This sugar substitute protects the teeth by irrigating the mouth with saliva which is important for oral health. It has a sweet taste and can be added to a combination of homemade toothpaste or even used alone for brushing. Tooth decay and cavities and periodontal diseases are treated with Xylitol.
These are helpful in preserving homemade pastes and also fight bacteria lurking in the mouth and keep the teeth clean. Add it to sea salts, baking soda, coconut oil or a combination of all of these and use it to brush the teeth regularly.
You can use olive oil or coconut oil for this method. Take a tsp of oil and gargle it in the mouth without spilling out, for about a minute. Now brush the teeth with plain water to get a clean odor free mouth that is devoid of germs.
This is extremely good for bone health and has anti-inflammatory properties to heal swollen gums and tooth decay. Comfrey root can be ground to a fine powder and mixed with baking soda or clay to brush the teeth. It should never be swallowed.
This is an old Indian tradition where twigs of the indica tree are plucked, cleaned and used for brushing the teeth, by way of chewing the stem. Indica has several medicinal properties and can protect the teeth from the bacterial invasion that cause plaque, whiten the enamel and make it strong and healthy. The stem is discarded after one use. They can be used fresh or dry as per the availability.
In this method we do not require any carriers to brush the teeth, Simple moving the dry brush across the teeth can clean it and remove plaque and food stuck between the teeth.