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I know this is so farfetched for some, but think about how we brushed our teeth before tooth paste was made. If you’re not into all the additives for shelf stability and massproducing here’s something to take a gander at!
How to Brush Your Teeth with Coconut Oil
By Renee Price, eHow Contributor
Make your own toothpaste from coconut oil.
Brush your teeth with coconut oil to prevent cavities, eliminate bad breath and reduce the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Many people use coconut oil on the scalp to kill head lice bacteria and parasites, but coconut oil also works well at killing bad breath causing bacteria in the mouth. In fact, the glycerin in many commercial toothpastes derives from coconut oil. Read the label before you use a coconut oil product for your oral health to make sure it’s fit for consumption because some coconut oil products are designated for hair or skincare. Learn how you can replace commercial toothpaste and use coconut oil for your dental health.
· Mixing bowl
Combine 2 tbsp. of melted coconut oil with 3 tbsp. of baking soda in a small bowl to make a paste. Blend the ingredients together with a fork until the paste resembles a regular toothpaste. In addition to turning the coconut oil into a paste, the baking soda contributes to the coconut oils effectiveness with its own teeth-whitening benefits.
Wet your tooth brush with warm water and place enough of the paste on your tooth brush to cover the brushing surface. Brush your teeth in a circular motion with the coconut and baking soda paste focusing on a small group of teeth at one time. Brush your tongue to distribute the paste and remove bacteria to freshen your breath.
Rinse your mouth with a cup of water and avoid spitting out the water in the sink. Spit out the rinse outdoors or in a trash bag and discard. Coconut oil hardens at cold temperatures, so traces of the oil poured down your drain could clog your sink if rinsed with cold water.
Continue this process a few times a week to experience the benefits of brushing your teeth with coconut oil.
Tips & Warnings
· Combine a packet of artificial sweetener and peppermint oil in your paste to add flavor.
· Store your paste in the bathroom, not the refrigerator, to prevent the coconut oil content from hardening the paste.
· Some vegetables are natural abrasives and eating them scrubs your teeth in a natural and harmless way. They act like toothbrushes. These vegetables include carrots, celery and cucumbers.
· Baking soda is a classic amongst natural teeth whitening methods, and is indeed harmless. It is very effective in removing stains and killing plaque-causing bacteria, and it also reduces acids which harm your tooth enamel.