Modern dental care has taught people that the only way to treat cavities is to fill them. But there are other options. In fact, my remineralizing mouth rinse can support your teeth’s natural process of rebuilding—and even reverse smaller cavities if you catch them early enough.
Sound too good to be true?
Well, it’s not.
Cavities are caused by a combination of multiple factors in the mouth, including an acidic pH, a lack of mineral-rich saliva, and the presence of bacteria that feed on the remnants of certain foods before excreting cavity-causing acids onto the teeth.
But when these factors are controlled and optimized—that is, when pH is neutralized, the mouth is producing adequate amounts of healthy saliva, and the oral microbiome has the proper balance of good and bad bacteria—it’s not just possible to prevent future cavities.
You can also reverse cavities that already exist.
And that’s where this remineralizing mouth rinse comes in.
Now, there are times when fillings are the best choice for treating decay. But I want everyone to know that there is, in fact, an even better option.
The only problem? Common lifestyle choices disrupt the remineralization process and make it difficult for teeth to heal and rebuild from decay.
It’s also important to avoid dental hygiene products that can interfere with the process of remineralization—and conventional mouthwash is one of the biggest culprits.
If you’re one of the millions of people who uses mouthwash daily to improve bad breath, whiten teeth, or clean hard to reach places between the teeth, you should know that mouthwash can’t actually do any of those things.
In fact, conventional mouthwash does more harm than good and can actually cause bad breath and cavities.
Antibacterial mouthwashes destroy the mouth’s beneficial bacteria, leaving it dry and encouraging the growth of the bad bacteria you were trying to rid of in the first place! (1) A dry mouth is more prone to cavities because the production of saliva is needed for the remineralization of your teeth, and a reduction in saliva also contributes to bad breath. (2)
There are some natural mouthwashes that are a better option than Listerine and similar products, but it’s also really easy—and even healthier—to make your own mouth rinse at home.
This DIY Remineralizing Mouth Rinse supports the oral microbiome, rebalances the mouth’s pH, thus supporting the natural remineralization process.
Let’s take a closer look at the ingredients:
L-Arginine is an amino acid supplement that helps prevent tooth decay while preserving the health of the oral microbiome. (3)
Calcium carbonate is a gentle and safe way remove debris and surface stains.
Anise will help freshen up your breath. (4)
Algae is a natural pH stabilizer that moisturizes the mouth.
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DIY Remineralizing Mouth Rinse
Swishing with this mouth rinse for 30 to 60 seconds is all you need to rebalance your oral microbiome and support your teeth’s ability to heal cavities naturally. Be sure to use it in the morning to freshen breath and neutralize the mouth’s pH after a night’s sleep.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 16 servings
- 1/2 teaspoon L-Arginine
- 1/2 teaspoon Calcium Carbonate
- 2-3 pieces Anise (soaked in 1 cup hot water for as little as one hour or up to 24 hours)
- 1/4 teaspoon Blue Green Algae
- Remove the anise stars from the water.
- Add the remaining ingredients, including the water, to a glass jar.
- Whisk until well-combined, or add a lid to the jar and shake, or add to a high-speed blender.
- Use 1 tablespoon worth for a quick rinse.