Even as an adult, I find brushing my teeth to be the most annoying part of my self-care routine. Plus, there are so many ways to care for our teeth that I often find it overwhelming. I do the basics daily (brush and floss) but integrate other activities as much as possible without driving myself crazy (tongue scraping and oil pulling).
I use a few different types of homemade DIY toothpaste recipes and most are just one ingredient with an added essential oil. There are no specific proportions to these one-ingredient toothpaste recipes… I usually just use enough to cover the bristles and add more if necessary.
- Coconut oil + 1 drop of pure, therapeutic grade clove and/or tea tree essential oil
- Baking soda + 1 drop of pure, therapeutic grade clove and/or tea tree essential oil
- Activated charcoal (I gently brush enough powder to cover my teeth, leave on 1 – 2 minutes and brush off with water – careful, this gets messy!)
I also keep a jar of re-mineralizing toothpaste on-hand and follow this recipe minus the cinnamon and clove powder.
I recently bought myself a tongue scraper. An even cheaper option is to use a spoon but I thought I would do it more regularly if I got the actual tool for it. I really like the tongue scraper but, unfortunately, I still only use it randomly 🙂
My gums love it when I oil pull. I have super sensitive gums and they get irritated quite rapidly if I don’t oil pull for a while. My favourite is to oil pull with coconut oil and one drop of an essential oil.
How do you naturally care for your teeth?