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Toothbrush Convenience and Cleanliness

Hannah Johnson - Friday, September 28, 2018

One little trick that many do not think about can change your hygiene for the better!

Every time you go to the dentist, you're sent home with a cute goodie bag that usually includes a toothbrush, small toothpaste tube, and some floss. How often do you get home and throw that goodie bag into a drawer and never look at it again? For most, that would be every time.

Well, it is time to change that habit and increase better hygiene! You can store these goodie bags in places where they will actually be put to use. Think about all the times when you're on the go and you wish you could pause to get your mouth clean & breath fresh. Sometimes gum & mints just don't cut it. Well, we can help change that by storing these goodie bags in convenient places!

Places you can store your goodie bags:

In your desk drawer at work. How many times have you been at work, and noticed your midday breath? If you have your goodie bag, you can get rid of that coffee/after lunch breath stench!

In your car. Having toothpaste and a toothbrush in your car can benefit you in many ways! If you are always on the go or even traveling, and forget your toothbrush, you will always have one handy just in case.

In your purse. (shout out to the moms that carry totes!) Okay moms! This could be for you or your child! Ever been out and about and wished you could brush you or your child’s teeth?

In your gym bag. Having one of these goodie bags in your gym bag can come in handy before or after your workout!

In a guest bedroom bathroom. One of the most common things to forget when traveling is a toothbrush and toothpaste. Having friends or family over? If they forget any of their brushing essentials, you can store a goodie bag in your guest bathroom! They will be so "mint-tastic" if you did! 


On another note, one often wonders how to assure that their toothbrush is clean and healthy to use.

 Here are some tips to relieve those assumptions!

Everyday toothbrush cleanliness tips:

  • Rinse off any toothpaste or other things from your toothbrush thoroughly with water
  • After using toothbrush, set toothbrush in upright position and let air dry
  • You can store your toothbrush in a small breathable zipper bag. This will help it air out and kill the bacteria

Once-a-month toothbrush tips:

  • You can soak your toothbrush in anti-bacterial wash
  • You can ask to store your toothbrush in a small cup of hydrogen peroxide
  • You can boil your toothbrush for about 3 minutes

Essential Oils are Good for Teeth & Gums

Hannah Johnson - Friday, September 14, 2018


Essential oils are all the hype right now and for good reason - They’ve been found to relieve stress, boost energy, have healing properties, enhance your immunity, and much more! And NOW, we’ve come to find different ways they can boost your oral health. We should mention that essential oils are not a replacement of your regular oral hygiene habits such as brushing, using mouthwash, and flossing daily. They should only be used as an added benefit to your oral health.

Fights Bad Breath Essential oils such as Peppermint, Tea Tree oil, Myrrh, and Eucalyptus can help fend off bacteria that causes bad breath. They have anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial properties that keep your breath smelling fresh all day!

Treats Gingivitis The antibacterial properties of clove and tea tree oil can treat gingivitis and other gum issues. Cinnamon is another essential oil that can be used to treat gingivitis because of its antimicrobial potency that fights against the bacteria responsible for gum disease and also stimulates blood circulation to the gums, in turn promoting healthy gums.

Relieves Toothache Clove essential oil has been used for hundreds of years to relieve tooth pain so it’s no surprise that it’s on this list. Since clove has pretty strong germicidal properties, dentists have actually used clove to disinfect root canals and relieve pain.

Fight Cavities Rosemary essential oil is a natural disinfectant that can help remove bad oral bacteria that causes cavities, bad breath, plaque buildup, and other minor dental issues. Clove and tea tree are other essential oils that benefit the prevention of tooth decay.

How to use essential oils in your oral health routine

If you’re into natural remedies, medicine, etc. Then you may have heard of oil pulling. It’s where you take liquid coconut oil and swish it in your mouth between 5 to 20 minutes, then spit it out. Now, before you say “NO WAY” it has been shown to kill bacteria in your mouth, help reduce bad breath, prevent cavities and fight gingivitis. To get the biggest benefits from oil pulling, you can add a couple of drops of essential oils to the coconut oil before swishing it in your mouth. You can also add a couple of drops to water and make your own mouth rinse or simply add a drop to your toothpaste before you brush. If you want to apply the essential oil on an effected area, be sure to dilute it with a carrier oil like coconut oil.

Along with these natural remedies to boost your oral health, we recommend eating a nutrient-packed diet to strengthen your teeth from the inside out and continuing your regular oral hygiene routine. We hope you’ve found these natural tips and tricks to be useful and if you decide to add one or two into your routine, let us know!



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