Mouthwashes, toothpastes and whitening agents – drug stores offer a dizzying array of solutions that promise to keep your teeth and gums healthy. But did you know that there are many simple, proven-effective home remedies out there that can also do the trick for less money?
For Dry Mouth
Sugar, salt and baking soda drink. This solution restores electrolytes to your body and is perfect in cases of vomiting, heavy exercise and serious diarrhea. To prepare, simply mix 1/2 tsp. baking soda, 1 tsp. salt and 1 tsp. sugar into a glass of water, and drink.
Red cayenne pepper. You can either sprinkle this on your food or mix in your drink. Cayenne pepper stimulates saliva production and helps your taste buds distinguish between sour, sweet, salty and bitter, which it usually finds hard to do when you have dry mouth.
Rosemary, mint and aniseed mouthwash. Reach into your spice rack and create a natural and alcohol-free rinse. The mint and aniseed will help freshen your breath, while the rosemary will kill the bacteria that thrive in a dry mouth.
For Mouth Sores
Baking soda and salt rinse. To prepare this simple yet powerful mouthwash, mix 1/8 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. in a cup of warm water. Rinse and gargle for 3-5 minutes, followed by rinsing your mouth with plain water. The baking soda will help kill the bacteria, while the salt will help ease the swelling.
Clove oil. In addition to its anti-bacterial properties, clove bud extract contains euganol, which acts as natural anesthetic. This makes clove oil the perfect numbing remedy for a debilitating toothache. If you don’t have clove oil, you can use whole cloves. Simply put in a few pieces of cloves inside your mouth, chew them a bit using your non-hurting teeth to release their oil, and then hold them against your painful tooth for 30 minutes.
Powdered ginger and cayenne pepper paste. Combining these two spices together will give you a powerful toothache remedy. Ginger has an antibacterial property, while cayenne contains a natural pain reliever called capsaicin. To prepare, mix equal parts of both ingredients and add just enough water to create a paste. Dip a cotton ball in the mixture and apply on the affected tooth and gums.