by Craig Murphy
Oral Hygiene has been a concern since the dawn of civilization when individuals used twigs to clean their teeth. Early people later graduated to using natural oils, leaves and extracts to clean their teeth. Later the practice was to use oils and extracts not only for teeth cleaning but help to prevent gum disease and freshen breath. In more recent times people have combined simple and basic ingredients such as baking soda, salt, salt powder and hydrogen peroxide to help with teeth cleaning and to help to prevent the effects of gingivitis. It always helps to brush your teeth, and even none hundred years ago people were aware of this fact.
There are many recipes that one can make to assist with oral hygiene. Some of the best ones are those that will help with tooth care. Some things such as tooth whiteners can be made at home using a combination of baking soda and salt. Usually one teaspoon of baking soda and one teaspoon of salt can be mixed together in a paste and will help keep the individuals teeth white. As mentioned previously, one can mix these together to create a paste for brushing and whitening teeth. One may use regular table salt for this recipe however, salt powder is best for this process. You can buy salt powder at a pharmacy. This might also help with gingivitis as well as tooth whitening and general oral hygiene purposes.
Hydrogen Peroxide is one of the best overall cleaners for tooth issues, although more than a 3 percent solution could damage the enamel and do more harm than good. The recipe for this homemade product is to use 2 tablespoons hydrogen peroxide solution with a teaspoon of water. Mix this and apply to the teeth. This mixture can also be helpful in the treatment of other dental issues. One should just make sure not to use a strong hydrogen peroxide solution.
Another recipe which helps with teeth cleaning, oral hygiene and to help brush your teeth is the combination of lemon oil, myyrh, spearmint leaves, and orris and arrowroot. One should use everything in one quarter cup combinations and mix together with one quarter cup of water and one teaspoon of sage. This mixes into a paste which can be applied on the teeth. Brush your teeth with this paste.
There are also several natural mouthwash recipes using rosemary, myrhh and spearmint oil. These will help to freshen the mouth and can make breath clean. This may have limited value for teeth cleaning however. Some of these remedies have been around since before commercial toothpaste was readily available and thus have stood the test of time.
Whether an individual uses commercial methods for teeth cleaning, or prefers to make their own recipes to clean their teeth, and to work on their oral hygiene. it is still important to brush your teeth and use other products as recommended by dentists to aid with these matters. There are some commercial remedies to aid with the prevention of gingivitis and periodontal disease. They can be used a long with, or in place of traditional recipes and methods for keeping teeth clean. Remember whatever method you use to brush your teeth.
Jamie Oliver is a dental hygienist in Seattle, WA. She loves to share her love for oral hygiene through articles and blogging.