An introduction to natural mouthwashes and rinses
Natural mouthwash and rinses that don’t contain chemicals or synthetic ingredients that may irritate your mouth and gums
There are lots of different ways of freshening your breath but if you want to give your mouth a healthy boost as well, mouth rinsing should be a part of your daily routine. Mouthwash is not just perfume for your breath, it helps to reduce gingivitis (gum disease), tooth decay, tartar, plaque, and has whitening properties as well.
Whilst it should not be used as a substitute for brushing and flossing, when done as a part of a proper dental care routine, mouthwash can help to protect you from oral issues including cavities and gum disease. If you brush well with a natural toothpaste, floss with a natural dental floss, and then swish with a natural mouthwash you can expect whiter teeth, healthier gums and better all round health.
Mouthwash can come in several forms; the commercial types that you buy in the supermarket or chemist, mouth rinses, mouthwash tabs, and oils. Although they have slightly different methods of use, the end goal is the same- to passively hold in the mouth and swill around, gargle, and then spit. This removes any remaining food debris, gets into hard to reach spots, kills bacteria and freshens the breath.
The first known instances of mouth rinsing are Ayurveda for the treatment of gingivitis, through the method of oil pulling, a technique that is still common today. Later, the Greeks and Romans used mouth rinsing to clean their teeth but ingredients included salt, vinegar, and alum- not very appetising.
In the 1700’s people were using brandy and vinegar to wash their mouth with and whilst it killed the bacteria in the mouth to a certain extent, it didn’t do a thorough job and was not very pleasant. By the 1960’s a chemical called chlorhexidine was added into mouthwashes which killed bacteria but taste vile.
Today, people are on the lookout for more natural variations that still have a deep cleaning and bacteria killing effect. Mindful of what they are putting into their bodies, they are interested in formulas that include essential oils and botanicals that exclude synthetic ingredients and alcohol.
At Peace With The Wild, we have a range of oils, tabs, and washes that will suit every requirement and preference, whilst being packaged in non-plastic packaging, limiting the impact on the world around us.