Everybody wants to have the perfect teeth. Some people wear braces to get the super straight, others are lucky enough to not need braces but want pearly whites. Regardless what you aim for, having perfect smile adds a lot to your confidence and how you feel.
Having a healthy mouth is not only important for appearance purposes, but it’s also important for your entire body. People think to maintain a healthy mouth is just brushing and flossing and going to the dentist ever so often. But there’s something more that you can do that doesn’t necessarily require dropping hundreds of dollars in order to prevent plaque from building up.
According to dentalhealth.org, plaque is a thin, sticky film of bacteria that is constantly forming on your teeth. People need to take control of this plaque because too much of it building up on your teeth can cause serious issues in the future.
Don’t stress. I’m not about to try and sell you some super expensive remedy that is supposed to change your life forever and ever. But the following DIY remedy, backed up by websites like Livestrong and StyleCraze, can help you prevent plaque.
The ingredients for this mouthwash are pretty easy to come by, simple and quick. In fact, you might not even need to go out and shop for it. Actually, this is stuff that you can find lying around your house.
It’s super affordable. Again, when it comes to the health of your mouth, you should do anything to make sure you are taking proper care of it. This is something you should totally add to your mouth care routine.
All you really need is the following: baking soda, salt, hydrogen peroxide, cold and warm water, toothpicks and a toothbrush. Sounds easy enough, don’t you think?
According to experts at Intelligent Dental, “Hydrogen peroxide mouthwash can be a god-sent or it can be a bane.” So too much of hydrogen peroxide is never good, but if you stick to the formula, it’ll work out very well! On top of that, a study by researchers Jan Wennström and Jan Lindhe published in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology found that “a mouthwash which released hydrogen peroxide effectively prevented the colonization of filaments, fusiforms, motile and curved rods as well as spirochetes in developing plaque.”
First, you want to mix salt and baking soda into a small container. Then, place your toothbrush under some warm running water and swirl the bristles around in the soda-salt mixture. After you’ve done that, brush your teeth normally, spitting out the homemade paste.
Now it’s time for the mouthwash part. This part takes absolutely little to no effort. All you do is combine ½ cup of hydrogen peroxide with ½ cup of warm water and swirl it around in your mouth. It should only take about a minute or so.
So what exactly is the toothpick for? Well, there’s actually a huge purpose for it. After you swish your mouth with peroxide, you want to remove as much of it as possible. The toothpick helps remove the sticky tartar in all those hard-to-reach places. People typically do this process one-two times a week. It’s a fast and fun way to help prevent a plaque build up. So try it out for yourself and see if it works!