Your smile is the first thing people notice about you when you enter a room, so maintaining good oral health is important when it comes to making that crucial first impression. Whether you're at work, attending an interview, or meeting your partners parents for the first time, fresh breath, and a winning smile can make all the difference.
I've come up with a few natural ways to keep your smile looking perfect, while maintaining pristine oral health all day.
Fresh Mint Leaves
Fresh mint is the natural ingredient which is added to toothpaste, chewing gum and flavoured drinks. Chewing fresh mint leaves can help with the dreaded 'coffee breath', after you've had that morning latte. Mint leaves aren't a permanent solution to 'cure' bad breath, but they will temporarily solve the garlic breath you've been sporting since lunch.
To make use of the natural herb tear off at least ten leaves (small and large), roll into a cigarette-like shape and slice into 'threes'. Place each third in a tub and carry with you, for on-the-go minty freshness.
Spearmint grows all over the world, so you can buy a pot, keep it on your window ledge, or in your garden and have 24/7 access to naturally fresh breath.
Oil pulling is a centuries-old Ayurvedic practised that began in Asia. Once in your mouth, the oil 'catches' the bacteria and grit that has built up overnight. It does take time for the oil to get hold of all the bacteria, but once you spit it out, you quite literally see what has been in your mouth for the past eight hours (!) You can use cold-pressed olive oil, but coconut oil is the only oil you can 'eat', and it retains its natural properties even when heated.
To practise oil-pulling all you need to do is scoop out a tablespoon of raw (virgin) coconut oil, pop it in your mouth and 'swill' around for 30 minutes. It sounds like a long time, but it's worth it. When you do it for the first time, it does produce an unusual sensation, and grossly you can feel the bits of debris coming loose. Oil pulling promotes a naturally healthy mouth, and has been known to whiten teeth over continued use.
Coconut oil is available in most health food stores like Holland and Barrett, and Eighth Day in the UK, but is readily available online from Amazon and Ebay.
It's normal to enjoy those crunchy almonds or that chocolatey treat but when grazing throughout the day, do you think about maintaining good oral healthcare on the go? If not keep a little bit of white cotton in your bag. It's cheaper than dental floss, reduces your eco footprint, and can be recycled much easier than plastic floss, which comes in a container.
Keep some in your bag, and post-munch nip to the bathroom and floss away the spinach or sweetcorn. You'll be surprised at how much of your meal is still left in your mouth, and how much comes free all with a little piece of cotton.
Now that you know you can throw away the chewing gum, get rid of the spinach in your teeth, and have minty-fresh breath 24/7.