Conventional mouthwash is full of toxic chemicals that are linked to irritation and (some say), mouth cancer. Bad breath is usually due to dental decay or stomach problems, so get these checked out first. The following ideas can help keep breath fresh, then we’ll list better brands of nontoxic mouthwash, if you use it.
Tips for Fresher Breath
- Drink more water. Often bad breath is simply caused by dehydration. Cut down on alcohol, as also makes you dehydrated.
- Press a slice of cucumber between your tongue and the roof of your mouth for 30 to 90 seconds, acts as a natural breath freshener.
- Use a stainless steel tongue cleaner to remove ‘ama’ on the back of the tongue. Ayurvedic practitioners always recommend doing this before eating breakfast in the morning. A tongue scraper easily removes plaque and other items from the back of the tongue, without stimulating the ‘gag reflex’ that using a toothbrush would do.
- Give up smoking. Use the Allen Carr program to help you give up (far higher success than nicotine patches, but the NHS won’t fund it).
- Stress can cause bad breath. So slow down and chill out, simplify your life, and take up meditation or yoga!
- Chew a sprig of fresh parsley. It contains chlorophyll, which can neutralise bacteria within a few minutes.
- Strong-smelling foods can cause strong breath! This doesn’t bother some, but it does others. There’s not a lot you can do if you like garlic or a spicy curry! Choose natural alternatives to chewing gum (free from pet-toxic xylitol). But using gum for bad breath is likely to give you jaw ache and headaches.
The Best Brands of Nontoxic Mouthwash
Never use mouthwash with pet-toxic xylitol, if you live with animal friends (just a tiny ingestion could be lethal). Avoid essential oils for pregnancy/nursing and medical conditions like epilepsy and asthma. Avoid rosemary oil, citrus & sage oils for high blood pressure.
Georganics offers nice mouthwash tablets (avoid their gum and fluoride toothpastes that contain xylitol). These are sold in glass jars. Just dissolve in 200ml of water, and it will fizz to become instant mouthwash. Flavours include wild thyme, spearmint, tea tree, orange and activated charcoal.
Is Oil-Pulling Mouthwash Effective?
Georganics Oil-Pulling Mouthwash is sold in tins, with organic coconut & essential oils (peppermint, spearmint, tea tree, red mandarin). Swish it in your mouth for a few minutes to loosen all the nasties, which you then spit out. Some say this is so effective, you have to be careful if you wear braces. As when they are removed, you could end up with ‘two-tone teeth!’ If the oil does not turn ‘thin and white’, you are not doing it properly.
Do not practice oil-pulling for children or those at risk of oil ingestion or inhalation (tiny risk of lipid pneumonia). Not for anyone with poor coordination (tipping the head back could lead to swallowing the oil). Reports from Australia suggest koalas are being harmed during harvesting of trees, so avoid eucalyptus flavours for now.