How to Freshen Breath and Whiten Teeth Naturally
Introduction to Naturally fresher breath and whiter teeth
Having whiter teeth and fresher breath is easier and cheaper to attain than most people think. A lot of conventional toothpastes contain fluoride among other chemicals and additives which aren't good for you or your teeth.
Conventional mouthwash contains chemicals and additives which can even make your breath worse overtime. I haven't found a toothpaste so far that is fluoride free, contains sea salt and baking soda, so I find combining the three on the toothbrush helps a lot more to whiten teeth.
Whitening strips and other dental products which are supposed to help whiten teeth may work in the interim but are often costly and only work temporarily. Costly cosmetic procedures, even getting fake teeth may be an option but they are not cost effective and there are simpler and cheaper alternatives to help whiten your teeth.
What you will need for natural mouthwash
For the mouthwash you will need three things. You will need all natural mouthwash, water and hydrogen peroxide. For the mouthwash it is equal parts mouthwash, water and hydrogen peroxide. It will need to be combined in an empty mouthwash container or receptacle. I usually use about a lid full of the mouthwash on a daily basis in the morning. I gargle and swish it in my mouth for about 30 seconds and that is all that is needed.
I also use floss picks and tongue scrapers (both are optional), and use natural toothpaste which I add baking soda/sea salt mix to it as well. The hydrogen peroxide will help whiten your teeth and if you have any kind of sinus infection or infection in your throat it can help with that as well. The water is just to dilute the mixture and the natural mouthwash component is to freshen your breath. I like to use therafresh but you can find something else that is all natural or you can make your own.
You can use an old mouthwash container or you can use a plastic container with a flip top. I use therafresh natural mouthwash as it doesn't contain alcohol other chemicals which can often worsen your breath. The hydrogen peroxide whitens the teeth and disinfects (and gets rid of odor causing bacteria in your mouth). The water is mainly used to dilute it and to not make it too potent and will also help it last longer as well.
2 pack of Therafresh natural mouthwash
What you will need for the toothpaste
For the toothpaste I generally use Tom's of Maine, and I use the fluoride free toothpaste. Most people will generally have a low opinion of fluoride due to numerous studies and research. Although some will tell you fluoride is needed to whiten teeth or for the teeth of your teeth/gums I think it isn't good for you at all and best to be avoided. I also add in baking soda and sea salt to the toothpaste as well.
I put a 50/50 mixture of baking soda and sea salt, and put it in a dispenser of some kind. I put the toothpaste on the toothbrush and then put a small amount of the baking soda/sea salt mixture on top of the toothpaste. For toothbrushes I would recommend a medium brush but for those with sensitive teeth/gums a soft brush would work well. If you can afford it an electric brush is what I would recommend since they are soft on the gums.
You can combine the sea salt with the baking soda in the sea salt container or you can put it in a plastic container. The sea salt helps scrub your teeth more and make them whiter and shinier and the baking soda helps to whiten as well.
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Benefits of natural toothpaste and mouthwash
Many commercially made toothpastes contain fluoride which have been shown to cause lots of health problems. With fluoride free natural toothpastes you don't have to worry about added chemicals or additives, and the harm they could cause.
Commercial mouthwashes often contain alcohol and other chemicals that can over time make your breath even worse, they fix the problems in the short term but overall they don't do much help at all.
By adding the baking soda and sea salt to the toothpaste it helps to not only scrub your teeth more but also whiten them as well. With the combination of water, hydrogen peroxide and natural mouthwash combined it not only freshens breath naturally but helps whiten them as well.
With the addition of hydrogen peroxide it can help with sinus/viral infections in the throat or mouth as well, I used it recently when I had my wisdom teeth removed and helped to keep my mouth clean as well.