Taking care of your teeth is your responsibility and your dentist's. The more tools you have to keep your mouth safe from these organisms, the better. The following guide will show you a few--somewhat unorthodox--ways to take care of your teeth.

Using Activated Charcoal

Activated charcoal is usually derived from the ash of coconut shells, which creates an oxidized and highly absorbent compound. The medical uses of activated charcoal ranges from poison control, drug overdose treatment, to bacteria annihilation through dehydration. You should know that many dental ailments, like cavities or dental erosion, usually stem from bacteria overgrowth.

Activated charcoal also help remove stains, food particles, and plaque from your teeth as soon as it is applied. This is because the the surface of this compound contains several surface openings that attract particles like those in stains or plaque.

Follow the steps below to use this method:

  • Break 1 to 2 tablets of activated charcoal, and place the contents in a clean cup. You should find activated charcoal at your local health food store or online.
  • Add about a tablespoon of water to make a paste.
  • Apply this paste on your teeth, and let it sit for 3 minutes before rinsing it away.

Remember that activated charcoal is just meant to help and not cure any dental ailments, so be sure to keep up with six-month checkups with your family dentist.

Suck On A Cinnamon Stick

Another great addition to your oral care regimen is cinnamon sticks, which you might buy to flavor some of your favorite pastries or treats. Cinnamon sticks are good for your oral health because they can help with halitosis and also prevent several dental related ailments. This is because cinnamon contains several antibacterial agent, most prominent is its high cinnamaldehyde content. You should know that cinnamaldehyde, along with the other antibacterial agents, stay active and kill bacteria for a few hours even after you finish the stick.

You can purchase organic and fresh cinnamon sticks from your local health food store, or you can opt for the cinnamon oil. Be sure to dilute about 3 drops of cinnamon oil in 1 cup of water. Be sure to use the blend as a mouthwash for about 2 minutes should you choose to use cinnamon oil.

As you can see, there are a few of ways--even unorthodox ones--to take care of your teeth and overall oral health.