DIY oral hygiene tips

Keeping our mouth and teeth clean sometimes feel like it’s a lot more work than it actually is — or rather more work than it should be. I’m here to tell you that it’s actually quite simple, and that it can be done with everyday household items. Of course we all have to visit the Zentist from time to time for a deep clean, but we should also be maintaining our oral health in between those appointments. Here are a few tips to add to your daily hygiene routine —

Oil pull

Oil pulling is a detoxification method (typically using coconut oil) that comes from Ayurvedic medicine and is now popular in the U.S. It works great to remove any bacteria or toxins in your mouth and keeps it squeaky clean. This also works to prevent cavities and gum disease.

Take in a tablespoon of raw, and preferably organic coconut oil and gently swish it around for 10-20 minutes – just make sure not to work your mouth too hard or you’ll end up with a sore jaw.

Use lemon peel for whitening

The acidic properties and vitamin c found in lemons work great to cleanse the mouth of toxins while also whitening teeth. Essentially, lemon peel acts as a bleaching agent for your entire mouth, and if you are able to keep it up in your daily routine you’ll surely notice a difference in how white your teeth look as well as how clean and fresh your mouth feels.

Shave off a few pieces of lemon peel and simply rub on your teeth for a few minutes, then rinse. For a super cleanse, make a paste of lemon peel and a little bit of water and gently brush your teeth and tongue with it and rinse.

Make purple toothpaste

Store bought toothpastes have tons of chemicals you (and your mouth) are better off without. Make your own toothpaste at home with essential oils that not only have antiseptic properties, but also help with freshening your breath. Take it up a notch and a add in a tiny dab of purple food coloring to whiten your teeth quickly and effectively. Purple color has been a widely used agent to naturally counter or lighten yellowish hues, and it will definitely work with toothpaste as well. If you’re too nervous to try out the purple color at home, POPWHITE is the only brand on the market to offer purple toothpaste that does work.

Chew on cloves

Cloves have strong antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and analgesic properties that can help really helpful in fighting gingivitis or relieving the pain from toothaches. Try chewing on 2-3 cloves a few times a day to really make this method effective. You can also rub the clove directly on your gums or keep one clove in the back your mouth throughout the day.

If your mouth or teeth aren’t in the best shape, then consider searching for “dental care near me” and getting your teeth and gums checked out by a professional dentist before adding these remedies to your daily regimen.

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