We were never ones to use Listerine or other commercial mouth washes, but my husband and I have been dealing with some dental issues recently that made me think we need to be even more intentional in the care of our teeth.
Keeping your mouth as alkaline and free of bacteria as possible is one of your best defenses against dental issues. For years we’ve enjoyed drinking rooibos tea, and it seemed quite on accident that I noticed the side benefit of doing so- a great reduction in plaque on my teeth. This is due to the high mineral content of the tea, which has an alkalinizing effect in the mouth.
More recently I’ve been doing a better job with flossing my teeth, but I thought a mouth rinse (at the end of the day and following meals) would be a really beneficial addition. So here’s the recipe for my really simple antibacterial/alkalinizing mouth rinse.
Antibacterial/Alkalinizing Mouth Rinse
1 1/2 cup purified water
1-2 Tbsp. baking soda
4-6 drops of tea tree oil
4-6 drops of peppermint essential oil
That’s it! Combine in a pint jar, seal with a lid and place by your sink. Put 2-3 tsp. in your mouth and swish after brushing and/or after meals.