Clean Your Teeth Naturally

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Keeping your teeth clean is important for avoiding disease and infection, helping you chew food, and keeping your smile bright and healthy. Without regular cleaning, bacteria can build up in your mouth and on your teeth, causing plaque, which can lead to gum disease and tooth decay. Fortunately, conscious consumers have discovered several natural “at-home” teeth-cleaning methods that can help you have a brilliant smile.


[Edit]Swishing Liquids to Clean Your Teeth

  1. Rinse your mouth with water immediately after eating. Removing any leftover food or residue from your teeth will help prevent stain and decay. This is an especially good idea if you’re away from home and can’t squeeze in a good tooth-brushing. Drinking water throughout the day and rinsing with clean water after meals is the most underrated method of overall oral health.[1]
    • Always avoid brushing right after very acidic foods, which can weaken your enamel. Instead, rinse with water.
  2. Use a water pick to pressure-wash your teeth. A water pick helps blast stuck-on food from the surface and between the crevices of the teeth and gums. It’s an excellent and healthy way to cleanse your mouth after meals.[2]
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  3. Try oil pulling. Oil pulling is an Ayurvedic remedy in which you swish oil in your mouth to remove harmful germs and bacteria from your mouth. It also whitens teeth and freshens breath.[3]
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    • Take a spoonful of oil and swish it in your mouth for 5 minutes to gain the benefits. If you can, try to swish the oil longer, for 15-20 minutes. To make sure the oil absorbs and detoxifies as much bacteria as possible, aim to do this with an empty stomach.
    • Spit it out and wash your mouth thoroughly, preferably with lukewarm water.
    • Coconut and olive oil are good choices.

[Edit]Caring for Your Teeth

  1. Brush your teeth for 2 minutes at least twice a day. Use gentle, circular motions to brush the surface of your teeth at the front and the back of your mouth. Hold the brush at a 45-degree angle where your teeth meet the gums and use smooth back-and-forth motions. Then, use the tip of your brush to clean the interior side of your teeth. Turn the brush vertically and rub up and down across the front teeth. Brush every surface of each tooth 2-3 times to clean them.[4]
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    • Brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes every time you brush.
    • There is no adequate replacement for brushing your teeth. This is hands down the best way to remove plaque, food residue, and keep your mouth happy and clean.
  2. Use regular toothpaste to clean your teeth effectively. The toothpastes you see marketed as “natural” are typically identical to standard toothpaste except they don’t have fluoride or food coloring. Neither fluoride nor food coloring are bad for your teeth to begin with, so there’s no real benefit to brushing without them.[5]
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    • Outside of any artificial colors and flavoring, there usually aren’t any unnatural ingredients in toothpaste. Basically everything you find in your standard toothpaste is natural and safe.
    • Look for toothpaste with the American Dental Association’s (ADA) Seal of Acceptance. These toothpastes will always be high-quality.[6]

      Did You Know? “Natural” toothpaste isn’t as effective at cleaning your teeth as toothpaste with fluoride.[7] Plus, there’s nothing harmful about fluoride. It is naturally found in water, so you’re not introducing any synthetic chemicals into your mouth when you use fluoridated toothpaste.[8]

  3. Brush your teeth with an empty toothbrush if you don’t use toothpaste. If you don’t want to use a fluoride-based toothpaste, you can still use a toothbrush to remove the plaque and food residue in your mouth. Run the toothbrush under water and brush your teeth the way you normally would. Rinse your mouth out with water after brushing.[9]
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    • You can use a fluoride-free toothpaste if you’d like, but it’s not doing anything other than making your breath fresher.[10]
    • This is not nearly as effective as using a fluoride-based toothpaste. It’s still better than doing nothing, though!
  4. Floss daily to remove food residue and plaque between your teeth. Pull out a 6–8 in (15–20 cm) length of floss. Slide the floss between 2 teeth and gently pull the floss against the side of the tooth while moving the floss back and forth. Do this 4-5 times. Then, pull it gently in the other direction to clean the other side of the tooth. Do this for each gap in your teeth to remove everything stuck in between your teeth.[11]
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    • It only takes 4-5 minutes to floss and it’s a great way to keep your teeth naturally clean!
    • Floss your teeth after brushing your teeth at the end of the day.
    • Floss is typically made with nylon or Teflon. There are organic flosses that you can use instead if you’re looking for a natural option. It shouldn’t matter, though. You’re only rubbing your teeth with it and you aren’t ingesting anything when you floss.

[Edit]When to Seek Medical Care

  1. Keep regular checkups and cleaning appointments with your dentist. Seeing your dentist regularly is a vital part of maintaining good dental health. Not only can your dentist help keep your teeth clean, but they can also look for signs of dental decay and treat them before they become serious. Ask your dentist how frequently you should come in for exams and cleanings.[12]
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    • Some dentists recommend coming in every 6 months, while others recommend yearly appointments. You may need to see your dentist more often if you have any dental health problems.
    • Your dentist may take X-rays to check for hidden cavities and other problems that aren’t easy to spot with a visual exam.
  2. Call your dentist if you have tooth pain or other troublesome symptoms. Untreated dental problems can lead to more severe decay and other health issues. If you have a toothache, make an appointment with your dentist for a diagnosis and treatment. You should also call your dentist if you have symptoms such as:[13]
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    • Bleeding, swelling, or redness in your gums
    • Gums that appear to be pulling away from your teeth
    • Permanent teeth that feel loose
    • Pain in your teeth when you chew or eat hot or cold substances
    • Bad breath or unpleasant tastes in your mouth
  3. Get emergency dental care for broken teeth or a serious infection. If one of your adult teeth breaks or falls out, this is considered a dental emergency. Call your dentist’s emergency number or search for an emergency dental clinic. You should also call them if you have symptoms of a severe infection, such as:[14]
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    • Swelling in your jaw or under your tongue
    • Difficulty swallowing
    • Tooth pain that is so severe that it keeps you awake or doesn’t get better with over-the-counter painkillers


  • Dry-brush your teeth. Using a naked toothbrush is a perfectly fine way of keeping your teeth clean, as most of the cleansing effects of toothbrushing come from the brush itself, as opposed to the paste you put on it. You may not get the scent and the “feeling” of a clean mouth, but you’ll be helping keep your teeth free of plaque.


  • Avoid cleaning your teeth with fruit such as strawberries, acidic liquids like vinegar, or abrasive ingredients including baking soda or charcoal. There’s no evidence that these “natural” options whiten teeth, and they may actually damage them.[15]

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[Edit]Quick Summary

If you want to avoid the artificial ingredients in commercial toothpaste products, you can clean your teeth with natural ingredients instead. Try making a paste with 1 teaspoon of baking soda and 2 teaspoons of water and brushing your teeth with it. To add a little flavor and natural whitening properties, mix 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar with ½ teaspoon of baking soda. Alternatively, mix ½ teaspoon of salt with 1 fluid ounce of water and dip your toothbrush in the mixture. You can also rub the inside of a banana peel on your teeth before brushing to help remove any stains. For more tips from our Medical co-author, including how to make your own vegan toothpaste, read on!

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