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Making homemade teeth cleaners reduces your exposure to the dubious chemicals in toothpaste. Things like endocrine disrupting parabens, artificial flavorings, fluoride and chemicals like PEGs.
These are often contaminated with carcinogens like nitrosamines. And then there's Colgate, which still uses the endocrine disruptor triclosan.
The 3 recipes below use ingredients proven to improve oral health and protect your teeth and gums. And they're super simple to make.
It treats gum diseases like gingivitis and periodontitis.
It reduces bleeding, inflammation and swelling of the gums.
It controls the bacteria that causes cavities and plaque.
It is a powerful antiseptic in pockets where normal cleaning is difficult.
Its antifungal properties help greatly in the problem of bacterial infections from dentures and mouth ulcers.
It's effective in the treatment of OSMF. oral submucous fibrosis (OSMF- it can be applied topically.
It's a safe alternative treatment for patients with OLP, oral lichen planus.
Is high in lauric acid. Lauric acid attacks harmful bacteria in the mouth.
It is particularly effective at killing oral bacteria that cause tooth decay.
It decreases plaque buildup on your teeth.
Fights gum disease.
Helps prevent tooth decay and loss.
Eucalyptus oil is rich in cineole, an antiseptic that:
Kills the bacteria that can cause bad breath
Reduces plaque buildup
May prevent gum disease
Neem Bark Powder
Is a natural teeth whitener.
Helps freshen your breath.
Fights bacteria that cause cavities and inflammation.
Prevents and heals gum disease.
Prevents bacteria that adhere to your teeth to reduce plaque.
Ingredients - Neem Bark Powder, Baking Soda, bentonite clay **
Directions Mix two parts neem bark to 1 part baking soda and 1 part bentonite clay. Store in a small jar. Dip your wet toothbrush (with or without toothpaste) into the powder and brush.
**(Bentonite clay binds to unhealthy substances in your mouth and helps to remove them before you swallow them and become sick.)
Ingredients - Coconut Oil, Neem Bark powder, Baking Soda, Eucalyptus oil
Directions Mix 4 tablespoons (1/4 cup) of coconut oil with 1-2 tablespoons of baking soda, 1 tablespoon of neem bark (your toothpaste will be brown) and 10 drops of eucalyptus oil. Store in small glass jar.
Ingredients - Coconut Oil, Aloe Gel, Baking Soda, Eucalyptus Oil
Directions - Mix 1/4 cup of coconut oil with 2 tablespoons of baking soda. Mix in 1/4 cup of aloe gel and 25 drops of eucalyptus oil. Mix until creamy and well blended.