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5. Neem Oil
If you thought neem oil was just for your hair and nails, we have news for you! This oil is nothing short of amazing. One study showed that using a mouthwash containing neem oil outperformed most fluoride dental products when it came to reducing plaque in the mouth. Other studies have shown that it provided almost unbelievable results when dealing with mild cases of gingivitis. The problem with neem oil is that it doesn’t exactly taste great. The good news is that you can now find many non-fluoride toothpastes with neem leaf extract in them. Read the ingredients, and be sure you aren’t getting a bunch of other things that you don’t want in your toothpaste.
6. Oregano Oil
Oregano oil is another antibacterial oil often consumed to fight infections inside the body. It also does a great job when it comes to dental issues. Oregano oil fights abscesses, mouth sores like canker sores and herpes, and eases the pain of toothaches. Oregano oil is very strong, so always dilute it with another oil, such as coconut oil or olive oil, before using. You can even use this oil like a mouthwash, adding some to a bit of water or mixing it with a different oil, swishing it around in your mouth, and then spitting it out.
7. Ozonized Olive Oil
Olive oil has been used since ancient times to moisturize skin, hair, and nails, but this super healthy oil goes one step further using a process called ozone injection. This means that the oil is injected for a period of time with ozone bubbles. Ozone is known to kill the bacteria that causes cavities. Some dentists use this procedure today to stop cavities from forming. Rinsing your mouth with ozonized olive oil has been suggested in several studies to be just as effective as traditional dental methods. Try using fluoride-free toothpaste in combination with this ozone injected olive oil as a “mouthwash,” and be amazed by the results.
8. Baking Soda
Perhaps the oldest natural toothpaste around. In the same way you use sea salt, simply wet your toothbrush, dip it in some baking soda, and scrub! If this sounds too harsh, dissolve your baking soda in a bit of water and dip your toothbrush in that solution. Most people use baking soda as a base for their homemade toothpaste. Mix two drops of peppermint essential oil and two drops of stevia with some baking soda, and you have a powerful, minty fresh, completely safe and natural toothpaste of which you will never get tire! You can also use cinnamon essential oil or spearmint if those flavors are more to your liking.
Protecting our gums and teeth takes a bit of time, commitment, and, of course, the proper tools to get the job done. Flossing, tongue scraping, and limiting your sugar consumption are all a part of a good oral hygiene program.