Herbal mouthwash; the natural way to ensure good oral hygiene

A bad breath can most often dent a person’s confidence, if not, make him/her keep aloof from the social circle of relatives and friends. However, the health consequence of ‘halistosis’ or smelly breath condition is much severe as it can lead to a whole lot of diseases, that affecting gums to teeths to increased risk of chronic illnesses like diabetes.

The underlying causes are germs and plaques in the mouth. No matter the quantity and quality of ones’ food intake, the health of teeth and gums can be ensured only by practising good oral hygiene on a regular basis.

Even failing to brush your teeth twice a day or not washing or rinsing your mouth with fresh water after every meal could result in building up of oral germs and bacteria in the mouth. Soon one could notice plaque, a thin, soft and sticky film of bacteria, settling right there on top of the enamel of our teeth. Over a period of time, this tends to cause serious tooth decay and ultimately leads to cavities, gum diseases and gingivitis.

The plaque may eventually turn into a thick layer called tartar, causing swelling and bleeding of gums while brushing. The bones surrounding gums can get weak and it could get swollen, resulting in bleeding and loss of teeth.

Use of herbal mouthwashes is very effective to ensure good oral hygience and keep all these worries at bay. Besides they keey you refreshed and confident.

Herb-based mouthwashes are generally made of plant-based ingredients such as peppermint oil or leaf; clove oil; eucalyptus oil; rosemary leaf and cinnamon. These boosts oral health by killing germs and reducing bad breath. No artificial colours or synthetic materials are used in making these mouthwashes.

The presence of healing herbs are what makes them naturally antibacterial and antibiotic. Unlike their commercial counterparts, these herbal mouthwashes do not contain any hidden, harmful chemicals.

It is strongly recommended to do a herbal mouth wash rinse on a daily basis. These can have long term benefits too; for example, their anti-microbial property even cleans dental roots over a period of time.

 You can prepare a herbal mouthwash at home too. All you need to do is to take a cup of water, choose any of the oils from cinnamon, tea tree, wintergreen or clove, and add approximately 20 drops to distilled or boiled water. Allow it to cool and the solution can thereafter be kept in a glass jar. Use it as and when you feel the need for a refreshing rinse. Make sure to shake it well just before use.

(The author is Dr Sonica Krishan, a leading Ayurveda Professional. For more details log on to www.drsonicakrishnan.com.

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