1. Oil Pulling
Swishing oil — usually coconut or olive oil — around in your mouth may strengthen your teeth, prevent tooth decay, soothe sore gums, and remove plaque.
To perform an oil pull
- Swish about one tablespoon of coconut or olive oil around in your mouth for 20 to 30 minutes.
- Coconut oil is believed to be particularly beneficial because it contains fatty acids, a substance with anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial effects.
2. Aloe Vera
This prickly plant has amazing antimicrobial properties that are great for fighting bacteria. It helps kill the bacteria that causes bad breath and plaque.
- Take a whole aloe vera leaf and remove the pulp.
- Rub the pulp on your teeth and gums and allow it to remain there for about 10 minutes.
- Rinse with cold water.
- Do this twice a day for the best results.
3. White Vinegar
This isn’t just for salad dressings anymore. Vinegar can help protect your enamel and fight plaque build-up in your mouth.
- Mix two teaspoons of vinegar and one teaspoon of salt in a half a cup of warm water.
- Swish the mixture in your mouth for a few minutes before spitting it out.
4. Orange Peels
Orange peels are often used as a natural whitener to remove stains from your teeth.
Plus, the limonene in orange peels helps break down plaque without eroding your enamel, while the vitamin C in them helps prevent growth of microorganisms on your teeth.
- Rub the inside portion of fresh orange peels directly on your teeth and gums before going to bed.
- Leave it overnight and rinse it off the next morning.
- Repeat as needed to keep your teeth clean and white.
- If you don’t have fresh orange peels, you can use dried orange peel powder.
5. Rosemary Essential Oil
It works like a disinfectant to eradicate oral bacteria. It can prevent plaque buildup, cavities and help get rid of bad breath.
- Mix 2 or 3 drops of rosemary essential oil in 1 tablespoon of water or carrier oil.
- Swish the mixture through your teeth for about 10 minutes.
- Spit it out and brush your teeth as usual. Do not swallow or gargle with it.
- Repeat twice daily.
- If you don’t have rosemary essential oil, you can use sage or thyme essential oil.
6. Black Tea
Rinsing with black tea can control oral bacteria and help reduce the risk of plaque formation, thanks to its antioxidant and antimicrobial properties. Plus, it is a rich source of fluoride.
This mineral helps prevent tooth decay as it encourages better quality tooth enamel and reduces the ability of the oral bacteria to produce acid which causes tooth decay.
- Steep a black tea bag in a cup of hot water for 5 minutes.
- Squeeze the tea bag into the water to release the maximum amount of fluoride, then remove it.
- Allow the tea to cool, then use it to rinse your mouth.
- Repeat once daily to prevent plaque buildup.