Natural Mouthwash - A Healthier Alternative
We’re taught to believe that mouthwash is an essential component of proper oral care and that using mouthwash after we brush helps to kill harmful bacteria, alleviate bad breath and benefit oral health. In theory, this sounds great. The problem, however, is that most conventional over the counter mouthwash is the same as over the counter toothpaste - it’s terrible for your oral and total body health. Why? Because most mouthwash products contain artificial ingredients which destroy the balance of microbes in the mouth and cause harm to oral health. Thus, most generic mouthwashes will actually not improve your oral health, but worsen it. Fear not, though, as there is a healthy alternative; natural mouthwash.
Natural mouthwash (if formulated properly) achieves what regular mouthwash tries to do. It restores the balance of microbes in the mouth, restores pH balance, freshens breath, prevents decay and promotes gum health. Importantly, natural mouthwash serves all of these functions without compromising other bodily functions. So why is natural mouthwash so much better for your oral health than regular mouthwash? It all comes down to the ingredients.
Regular mouthwash contains harmful ingredients like alcohol, poloxamer 407, sodium saccharin, parabens, phosphoric acid and cetylpyridinium chloride to name a few. What’s interesting about the inclusion of such ingredients in mouthwash is that none of them actually benefit your oral health. Instead, they harm it. Here’s how.
Alcohol is included in mouthwash to kill germs. Whilst it will kill some germs in the short term, it comes at a great compromise. Alcohol is
a drying agent and thus reduces the amount of saliva in the mouth. The primary function of saliva is to rid the
mouth of harmful bacteria and prevent bad breath. Alcohol is also highly acidic - thus disrupting the pH
of the mouth. An alkaline environment is required for a healthy oral environment, not acidic.
Poloxamer 407 is used in mouthwash to allow the blending of unblendable liquids. While research into the effects of poloxamer 407 on humans
is ongoing, it is thought to be highly toxic and linked to breast cancer. This begs the
question; why is it included in mouthwash?
Saccharin is an artificial sweetener. It was previously banned in many countries due to the belief that it caused
cancer; however, this decision was later reversed. However, it should be noted that artificial sweeteners are known to have adverse
- especially on the brain.
Parabens are included in mouthwash as a preservative and antimicrobial agent. The problem with parabens is that they are well known to disrupt
- affecting hormone production and, in particular, impacting the reproductive system in both males and females.
Phosphoric acid is found in fertilisers and soft drinks - where it is used to add acidity. Acids like this soften the enamel of the teeth, increasing the likelihood of decay. The high acidity also disrupts the pH balance of the mouth, which adversely affects the oral environment.
Cetylpyridinium Chloride is used in mouthwash because of its antiseptic properties, and it is designed to kill harmful bacteria. However, it is also known to stain the teeth, which is counterintuitive for a mouthwash.
Natural Mouthwash Recipe: The Brushing Solution
When you consider the adverse health effects of the ingredients above, it becomes clear that natural mouthwash is preferable. Not only is natural mouthwash better for oral health, but its ingredients don’t interfere with other bodily systems and functions.
So why is it that natural mouthwash is not as widely used as generic mouthwash? This perhaps has something to do with the fact that natural products are often criticised for not being as ‘effective’ as those that are made with synthetic ingredients. This is certainly not the case with our very own natural mouthwash recipe, The Brushing Solution. To understand why, though, we must first understand what the properties of an effective mouthwash are. A mouthwash should achieve the following:
- Create an alkaline oral environment
- Restore the balance of microbes
- Oxygenate the mouth
- Prevent biofilm formation
- Protect teeth from decay
Our natural mouthwash recipe for the Brushing Solution is designed to achieve all of this. Formulated from all-natural ingredients, it is more effective than generic mouthwash and is better for you.
What’s in The Brushing Solution - Our Natural Mouthwash Recipe
Hydrogen peroxide has been used in dentistry for over 80 years and has been found to prevent plaque and gingivitis, and aids the healing of mouth and gum infections as it prevents the multiplication of anaerobic bacteria. Hydrogen peroxide also oxygenates the mouth. To learn more about the benefits of oxygenation, click here.
Oil of Cloves
Cloves contain the most powerful germicidal agent - eugenol - as well as the antimicrobial agent, caryophyllene. These components aid in killing microscopic parasites and stopping the formation of biofilm.
Organic Aloe Vera
Aloe vera soothes wounds and abrasions, protects sores, restores mucosa, hydrates and replenishes, and supplies moisture directly to damaged tissue.
Studies show that peppermint is effective in reducing oral pathogens - particularly those related to gum disease. It also freshens breath and provides natural flavour.
Best Natural Mouthwash: The Brushing Solution
This unique combination of ingredients is what distinguishes the Brushing Solution from other generic mouthwashes. Instead of harming the oral environment as generic mouthwash does, our natural mouthwash supports it - fostering an alkaline environment, restoring the balance of microbes, oxygenating the mouth, preventing biofilm formation and protecting teeth from decay. Formulated by Dr Eric Davis - a world-renowned biological dentist - the Brushing Solution is the best natural mouthwash on the market.
Learn How to Use Our Natural Mouthwash: The Oral Care Protocol