When I took my first child to a (conventional) dentist I asked her if she thought mouthwash was a good idea for kids. She said no, which was surprising. Later after being very unsatisfied I traveled far to see a holistic dentist who was an advocate for natural mouthwashes for children. To me, mouthwash sounded like a really easy way to upgrade our nightly brushing routine. Getting kids to do a lot of complicated things before bed can be a challenge so I liked the thought of something easy like this.
I started reading and shopping around for different mouthwashes for kids. The first problem was that many had fluoride in them, which I am opposed to using. After ruling out those products, I starting seeing mouthwashes with more unfavorable ingredients like artificial colors and flavors, high alcohol content, and glycerin (this is a safe ingredient but just inhibits mineral absorption when used in oral care products).
Even after all that, my children hate mint toothpaste and mouthwash. It was literally impossible to find a mouthwash that would work for us so I started making my own, which is surprisingly easy.
Ingredients I Use & Why
- Xylitol – Research has shown that this sweetener helps to repair tooth enamal. It also balances the PH in the mouth to prevent decay.
- Aloe Vera- Aloe helps to fight plaque and gum disease.
- Calcium Carbonate – Calcium helps to keep teeth strong and harden soft or weakened enamal
- Witch hazel – Witch hazel is astringent which means it helps to keep gums tight and healthy
- Essential Oils – Essential oils are anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory which helps to keep teeth and gums healthy while getting rid of germs. Some good oils to use:
Natural Mouthwash Recipe
- 2 cups distilled water
- 1 tbsp. witch hazel
- 1 tbsp. aloe vera juice
- 2 tsp. xylitol powder
- 1 tsp. calcium carbonate powder
- 10 drops essential oil (any brand will do, I prefer Young Living & Mountain Rose Herbs)
Add all of the ingredients into a mason jar, cap the jar and shake until everything is combined. Pour the mixture into a smaller bottle to keep in the bathroom.
The xylitol makes it sweet tasting and when you use essential oils like lemon and orange it's very kid-friendly. My children gladly use this mouthwash every night before bed.