When it comes to cleaning your teeth, the choice made by most people is to purchase a tube of toothpaste, perhaps opting for one which has been recommended by their dentist. Whilst toothpaste does an excellent job in general however, particularly when it comes to giving your teeth their daily dose of fluoride, there’s no getting away from the fact that the average tube does contain an awful lot of ingredients which simply don’t really need to be there. These include additives designed to boost the production of foam when you’re brushing or to thicken the initial texture of the toothpaste. If you wish to get away from unnecessary additives and create something of your own with which to clean your teeth, it’s possible to make something called Tooth Soap, a product which, as an idea, has been around since the days of the ancient Egyptians and which was commercially available in the 1860’s.
When virtual every dentists surgery which you visit offers treatments as advanced as tooth implants, it’s easy to imagine that the world of dentistry is all about hi tech processes and cutting edge science. As tooth soap demonstrates, however, the answers to dental conundrums are sometimes much more straightforward. Making your own tooth soap is relatively simple and uses a list of ingredients which can often be found in the average home or kitchen. These include baking soda, glycerine and water. In addition to these basic building blocks, people also often add hydrogen peroxide as a whitening agent and perhaps flavourings such as cinnamon oil or orange zest. Other options might include essential oils – anything, basically, which is safe to consume and which will give the tooth soap a slightly more appealing taste. Whilst it might seem like a fairly unappealing simile, the fact of the matter is that tooth soap cleans your teeth in the same way that washing up liquid cleans dirty dishes. This is because it has a chemical make-up which mixes one part which is attracted to water with another which is attracted to oil. The result of this combination is that the oil attracted part attaches itself to grease and other substances on the surface until they are eventually lifted from the surface of the tooth and washed away. Actually making the tooth soap could hardly be simpler – all that you need to do is combine the ingredients with a hand mixer and taste small amounts until you have a flavour which you find acceptable. Although natural alternatives to toothpaste are available in health shops and the like, the advantage of tooth soap is that you know exactly what has gone into it and it can be made quickly and cheaply. The disadvantage of any such home-made tooth soap, however, is that it doesn’t contain fluoride, something which is key when it comes to preventing cavities. It’s essential, therefore, that you visit your dentist for regular check-ups and ask them to advise as to what would be the perfect paste to keep your teeth clean, your gums healthy and decay at bay.