Everyone loves a quick fix now and again especially in the early mornings when were late starting off our day. Oral health is extremely important but we should be aware of what were putting into our mouth, getting absorbed into our bodies on a daily basis.
The benefit of mouthwash is that its a good way to top up after brushing teeth and gets into the crevices your toothbrush cant while helping to loosen plaque. The problem is what mainstream companies are adding into this fluid many of us reach for everyday.
ALWAYS read the label and look past the flashy marketing words and designs that are plastered along the front of the product. Some mouthwashes on the market contain harmful ingredients with harmful effects:
- Alcohol (ethanol)- used as: antifoaming agent, astringent and as fragrance
- Fluoride- effects: irritant, organ system toxicity
- SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate)- used as: cleaning agent, foaming.
Effects: irritant, concern to be an environmental toxin , organ toxicity
- Flavor- used as: added to products to produce or mask a flavor
- Hydrogen Peroxide- used as: antimicrobial agent
Effects: irritant, organ system toxicity. Classified as toxic or harmful in Europe on products used around the mouth and lips
This shouldn’t scare you into using mouthwash because it is beneficial to us it helps reduce oral cavities, prevents gum disease, helps canker sores and so much more. The solution is to buy all organic and natural mouthwashes or…make your own! The most basic one you can make is adding a few drops of essential oils to water and swish it around in your mouth (which will do alot more good for you than the chemically filled options)
Natural DIY Mouthwashes
Some examples of DIY mouthwashs are:
- Peppermint + Eucalyptus EO in water
- 1/2 cup aloe vera juice (optional) , ½ cup water, 1.5 tsp baking soda, 2 drops peppermint, 1 drop tea tree
- You can also add pink Himalayan sea salt to help reduce inflammation and heal cuts
You can also make your own variations of ingredients that you like best.
Essential oils that work well for oral care that you can add to water:
- Tea tree