Understanding what natural products are safe to use on your teeth is important. Using natural products are a great way to get your teeth whitened at home, but like we just said, you must use caution. In our previous post, our dental care team started giving you the names of a few household products you probably have laying around your home that may be beneficial to the health of your chompers, including baking soda, peroxide and green tea. Here are more natural ways to increase the health of your teeth.
- Tea Tree. Tea tree oil is extracted from the Australian tea tree, which is more like a shrub that grows in the damp coastal regions on the edges of Australia. These shrubs have leaves from which the tea tree oil is extracted. Impressively, scientists have found that tea tree antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties, which make tea tree very useful for a variety of different conditions. Back when dentists didn’t exist, humans used tea tree at the most natural dental product available to them. Tea tree oil was used as toothpaste, dental pick, dental floss and mouthwash. Many experts believe that tea tree oil is a safe and effective topical treatment that can be used on the most sensitive skin on a daily basis; however, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not and does not regulate tea tree oil like they regulate medication. Tea tree oil has been sold to millions without research on how well it works for every user. It’s important to note that tea tree’s active ingredient is terpenoids, a chemical known to give the oil it’s medicinal properties. To learn more about tea tree oil as a dental care agent, contact our dentist.
- Peppermint Oil. Another oil that many people have found beneficial is peppermint oil. By putting a drop of peppermint oil in a glass of water, you’ll experience beneficial digestive properties, such as removing excess gas. More properties that this oil provides include individuals who suffer from a low appetite, who suffer from motion sickness or individuals who often experience upset stomachs or nausea. As for dental care, peppermint oil is important due to its antiseptic properties. Because of this, many dentists love peppermint oil as an organic and natural addition to any oral health regimen. Because of its antiseptic properties, peppermint oil helps the fight against bad breath and can even help eliminate the hazardous germs that can be found on your gums, tongue or teeth. Depending on which toothpaste you choose, you may find peppermint oil as an active ingredient. At times, peppermint oil can even be used as an anti-inflammatory and pain reliever after oral surgeries.