What You Need to Know Before Creating a DIY Oral Care Set

Posted on: 27 February 2017

If you are trying to step away from over-the-counter, chemical based oral care products, you may have started looking into making your own. Your first step, of course, is to discuss this with your dentist. Your dentist can tell you what your current oral health issues are, what your focus should be, and if there are any home remedies and oils you should avoid. Once you have this consultation, then you can start your DIY oral care set. Before you start creating it, there are a few things you should know.

Know What Oils Work Best

Most of the oral care DIY sets you can make have some form of essential oil in them. What you need to know is which oils are going to work best for you based on the oral care issues your dentist told you that you have. For example, if you are experiencing gum pain or tooth pain, you may want to add clove oil to your mixes. Though this is only a temporary aide, and you will want to see your dentist if the pain continues, it can be very useful in helping reduce pain and inflammation. If your issue is halitosis, then you may want to use something like a peppermint oil with your oral care DIY kit.

Cover All the Steps

Once you have decided what oils need to be in your DIY oral care products, the next step is to make sure you are covering all the steps in the oral care plan. This means you will need to have a daily toothpaste, oral rinse, and an oil pulling step. You may also want to add a once or twice a week whitening step as well. This makes sure that you are maintaining your oral health while also working on the shade of your teeth and keeping stains from smoking, coffee, or other stain causing agents at bay. Keep in mind, some dentists do want you to add additional steps, like remineralization rinses. If this is the case, you will need to ask the dentist about those steps and try to find a DIY alternative that is suitable.

Understand the Warning Signs

There are times when your DIY oral care set may work wonderfully for weeks, then you start to notice issues. Some people will overlook these issues and just adjust the mixture of their next oral care kit. This can actually lead to further issues. For example, your teeth may start to feel more sensitive to certain foods that are hot or cold. This could be due to your toothpaste DIY mix having too much abrasives or the oils breaking down your enamel. Instead of trying to remix the DIY kit, consider visiting your dentist to ensure there is not a more serious issue going on.

These are just three of the things to remember before you create your own DIY oral health care set. Keep in mind, some dentists prefer you to use organic and natural options they suggest rather than making your own. If you are only concerned about the natural aspects of your oral care routine, consider asking your dentist for their recommendations before creating your own.