As the popular theory states, if you brush and floss your teeth twice a day, everyday you will be free from plaque buildup, gum disease or inflammation, gingivitis and tooth decay. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Many people experience gum inflammation and bleeding no matter how many times they brush or floss. What do you do when you think you have tried everything and your mouth is still suffering from bacteria and disease? A few nontraditional additions to your oral health routine may be the cure to your consistent suffering. Discover two new natural ways to clean your teeth.


Hydrogen Peroxide

That’s right. The most basic household first aid item. Hydrogen peroxide is a substance that foams when in contact with any bacteria or infection, allowing us to physically see infected areas.

shutterstock_328903019The test is simple. Brush your teeth and rinse with mouthwash. Then, floss your teeth and rinse with mouthwash. Once your mouth is as clean as you can possibly make it, rinse with hydrogen peroxide (DO NOT SWALLOW). More likely than not you will see bubbling around your gum line. The bubbles are telling you that there is still a fair amount of bacteria, slowly breaking down your enamel and causing gum recession.


The first step to a bacteria-free oral routine, is to keep your toothbrush clean. A wet area is the best place for germs to prosper and reproduce. Everyday, add an extra step to your oral routine by cleaning your toothbrush with a splash of hydrogen peroxide. Or, let your toothbrush sit in a cup of hydrogen peroxide to remain clean while it isn’t in use.

If your gum disease refuses to settle, try brushing your teeth with peroxide instead of toothpaste to ensure a complete cleaning of every area of your mouth. It may not taste the greatest, but in extreme conditions it may be the best, cheapest solution. Be sure to rinse with water after to avoid consuming hydrogen peroxide.


Oil Pulling

One of the fastest growing fads in natural oral healthcare is oil pulling. This is a process in which coconut or sesame oil is swished around in your mouth for 10 to 20 minutes in order to whiten teeth and prevent halitosis (bad breath) and gingivitis.

shutterstock_183710603As one of the fastest growing oral health fads in America, it should be mentioned that with novelty brings uncertainty.

The American Dental Association has not determined this as a proven cure to oral health issues, but many dentists stand by the idea and say it is on the forefront of becoming the next preventative measure against oral disease.



These are two great ways to fight against gum disease and plaque build up that you can perform right at home. Contact A Beautiful Smile at Lake Pointe in Houston, Texas to discuss these treatments with our dentists and other ways to keep your oral health routine top notch.