2 tbls Coconut Oil (Has antibacterial properties, may reduce gingivitis causing plaque)
1.5 tbls Baking Soda (Has abrasive properties to polish teeth, and causes a chemical reaction with water which lightens stains)
10-15 drops of an essential oil of your choice.
*Mix all ingredients in a small bowl until creamy and store in a small container.
Here are some recommended essential oils to use and their benefits.
Peppermint Essential Oil – Peppermint essential oil is refreshing and invigorating. Contains the natural constituent menthol. Can help prevent halitosis and soothe toothaches with its cooling/numbing quality.
Clove Essential Oil – Contains the active constituent eugenol which is a powerful antioxidant. Helps reduce gum disease.
Oregano Essential Oil – Contains the natural chemical carvacrol, which fights bacteria, viruses, and inflammation. Highly antimicrobial and boosts the immune system.
Cinnamon Essential Oil – Antiseptic and antibacterial and anti fungal. Cinnamon essential oil makes a potent cleanser.
Thyme Essential Oil – Contains natural chemicals caryophyllene and camphene, which provide antiseptic and antibacterial qualities. Protects from tooth decay, gingivitis and helps prevents oral infections.
Tea Tree Essential Oil – Contains the natural constituents cineol and propanol which can help fight gingivitis and reduce plaque. Natural anti-inflammatory and antibacterial.
Homemade Whitening Toothpaste
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Hydrogen Peroxide
½ tsp Water
Optional Activated Charcoal
*Thoroughly mix then brush your teeth for two minutes. Remember to do it once a week until you have reached the results you want. Once your teeth are good and white, limit yourself to using the whitening treatment ONCE every month or two.
Hydrogen peroxide is not good for prolonged use. Hydrogen peroxide is a highly reactive substance which can damage oral soft tissues and hard tissues when present in high concentrations and with exposures of prolonged duration
Why do our teeth change colors?
Food and Drink – Major staining culprits include coffee, tea, and red wine. The color pigments in these drinks attach to the white part of the tooth also known as the enamel.
Tobacco – Two chemicals in tobacco stain teeth. Tar which is naturally dark and nicotine which is colorless until it mixes with oxygen which then turns yellowish.
Trauma – If you experience any impact to the mouth, teeth may change color because they react to injury by laying down more dentin. Dentin is a darker layer under the enamel.
Age – As enamel gets thinner over time, the dentin (which is more yellow) shows through.
Medications – Some medications such as antihistamines, antipsychotics, and high blood pressure medications can darken teeth.
Your dental health is an important part of your overall wellness, and the New Year is a great time to create resolutions for improving your health. Many people have dental health resolutions that range from improving their brushing habits to healthier food and beverage choices. Understanding the benefits of your resolutions can be motivating and rewarding. Whatever your goals might be, it is important to take small steps to achieve them. Consistency is key with any resolution that you make.
Improving brushing and Flossing Habits
Brush twice a day for two minutes. Floss at least once a day to remove built up plaque that has accumulated during the today. Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums and gently move in small circles or back and forth in short strokes.
Healthier Food and Beverage Choices
An important part of achieving your dental health resolutions is making healthier food and beverage choices, especially for snacks. Frequent consumption of food and beverages containing carbohydrates and acids contributes to tooth decay. Leafy Greens are full of vitamins and minerals. Apples, carrots and celery are high in fiber and create saliva that rinses away bacteria and food particles. Almonds are also a great snack for teeth because they are a good source of calcium and protein.
Quit Using Tobacco Products
Quitting cigarette smoking and smokeless tobacco use is important for improving your oral and overall health.
Routine Dental Visits
A resolution to make routine visits to the dentist may help prevent oral disease or reveal an existing disease in its early stage. Dental visits should take place every 6 months to allow your dentist and dental hygienists to monitor the condition of your oral cavity and develop an appropriate treatment plan to meet your wants and needs.