Home Care in Statesville, NC
Keeping your parents’ mouths clean and healthy is an important part of supporting their overall health and well-being. Warm, wet, and dark, the mouth is the perfect place for germs and bacteria to thrive, and infections to occur quickly. These infections can lead to tooth decay and loss, gum tissue loss, and even issues that spread throughout the entire body causing serious problems such a- heart disease, kidney problems, liver problems, digestive problems, and sepsis.
One way of promoting oral health as a part of your regular home care routine is encouraging your seniors to use mouthwash to boost the effectiveness of their oral cleansing habits. Mouthwash contains ingredients meant to kill germs and bacteria while the actual act of rinsing the mouth with liquid loosens debris and softens plaque and other buildup, filling the cleaning gap of brushing.
While there are seemingly countless options for mouthwashes available on the market, many of them contain potentially harmful and harsh ingredients such as alcohol and preservatives that are unpleasant to use, potentially damaging to the body, and even tough on the environment. If you are like many people, your home care goals for the new year include cutting down on the number of chemicals and artificial ingredients that you bring into your parents’ home, and this goal should extend to their mouthwash.
Making homemade natural mouthwash for your aging loved ones is a fantastic way to encourage them to use this step in their oral health routine for a fresher, cleaner, healthier mouth without using harsh ingredients or suffering unpleasant effects such as stinging and burning from ingredients such as alcohol. The ingredients in this wash offer a variety of benefits to help your seniors achieve their goal of a stronger oral health routine. Aloe vera juice and water provide the rinsing mechanism that will remove debris and bacteria from the mouth while also moisturizing the tissues and relieving dry mouth symptoms. Baking soda and witch hazel further remove debris and kill germs. Peppermint essential oil kills germs and helps create a germ-fighting environment in the mouth for a period after the rinse, while also providing the fresh, pleasant flavor and fragrance of mint that people expect from a mouthwash.
Use this homemade natural mouthwash just as you would any other mouthwash. Swish approximately one ounce of the mixture throughout the mouth, forcing it back and forth through the teeth, and gargle before spitting the wash out and going about your usual brushing routine. Follow brushing with another rinse for extra freshness and cleaning power.
What You Will Need
- 10 drops of peppermint essential oil
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1 teaspoon of witch hazel
- 1/4 of a cup of water
- 1/2 of a cup of aloe vera juice
- A bottle
What to Do
- Add the aloe vera, water and witch hazel into a bottle
- Slowly and gently add the baking soda, making sure that it does not overflow
- Add in the drops of peppermint oil, one at a time
- Cover, making sure it is completely spill-proof
- Shake vigorously, until well combined
- Store in a dark and cool area for up to 2 weeks
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Statesville, NC, contact Caring at Heart today. Our staff will answer all of your questions about caring for an aging adult. Serving Charlotte, Statesville, Ballantyne, Mooresville, Huntersville, Matthews, Concord, Gastonia, Pineville and Indian Trail. CALL TODAY (704) 837-4564.