Teeth and gums are places that can get decayed and start stinking quite easily, so it becomes quite essential for you to take proper care of them. Brushing and flossing your teeth daily is a part of daily mouth care regimen.
A good mouthwash keeps you away from various dental issues, besides enhancing the health of gums and teeth. Before learning how to make your own mouthwash at home, let’s first learn about various essential functions that mouthwash performs.
The Importance of Using a Mouthwash
Before we share our DIY homemade peppermint mouthwash that’s designed for fresh breath, let’s take a look at the importance of regularly using a mouthwash.
1. Removes Particles
Use mouthwash before brushing your teeth to loosen the particles that get stick in your mouth. It will make it easy to remove them by brushing and flossing.
2. Kills Germs and Bacteria
Brushing and flossing may help eliminate plaque and other particles in the mouth and even the friction that is caused by brushing can help to strengthen gums and teeth, but it cannot efficaciously remove bacteria and other germs. One should use a good quality and alcohol-free mouthwash for this purpose.
3. Freshens Breath
Perhaps one of the most common benefits of using mouthwash is that it freshens your breath to improve your self-confidence. Fortunately, there are many varieties to choose from so you’re guaranteed to find a flavor that leaves your mouth minty fresh.
4. Prevents Cavities From Forming
If you get into the habit of regularly using mouthwash, this will reduce the chances of cavities from forming. For these effects to take place, ensure you use a mouthwash containing fluoride to help strengthen your enamel.
Reasons We Chose These Ingredients in This DIY Homemade Peppermint Mouthwash
This DIY homemade peppermint mouthwash is designed to improve your oral hygiene and ensure that you’re less prone to getting cavities in your teeth. Let’s take a deeper look into reasons we chose this handful of ingredients within this mouthwash.
1. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera has numerous health benefits, but the main reason we used this ingredient is for its anti-inflammatory properties. As the plant is high in antioxidants, aloe vera is effective at reducing any signs of inflammation that could be related to gum disease.
2. Peppermint Oil
This essential oil leaves your breath feeling fresh and ensures you have a minty taste in your mouth. We also combined this DIY homemade peppermint mouthwash with baking soda to add a whitening effect to your teeth while ensuring that your enamel is protected.
3. Witch Hazel
Finally, this ingredient is useful for mouthwashes, as when diluted, it helps to calm inflamed gums and can prevent and soothe ulcers. Witch hazel is also found in many medicines for gum disease thanks to its antibacterial properties.
DIY Homemade Peppermint Mouthwash
- ¼ cup water
- 1 teaspoon witch hazel
- ½ cup aloe vera juice
- 10 drops peppermint essential oil
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
Step 1- Combine together- aloe vera juice, witch hazel, and water in a bottle.
Step 2- Gently add baking soda and ensure that the chemical reaction that takes place after adding it does not flow out of the bottle.
Step 3- Finally, add peppermint essential oil and shake the bottle after closing it with a lid or cork. Store it in a cool and dry place.