Homemade Anti-Cavity Mouth Rinse
 
A refreshing and cost-effective alternative to store-bought mouthwash is creating a Homemade Anti-Cavity Mouth Rinse. The following recipe was developed for the AACD by Dr. Shawn Frawley, a cosmetic dentist with a family practice in Beverly Hills, Calif. This recipes uses xylitol,  a sugar substitute that studies show prevents tooth decay.
 
Ingredients:
8 ounces water
2 teaspoons PreviDent GEL (1.1% Sodium Fluoride)*
½ teaspoon baking soda
1½ Tablespoons xylitol* 
¼ teaspoon peppermint oil extract or favorite flavor
 
* Sodium Fluoride is available from a pharmacist
 
Directions:
Blend ingredients together with an emersion blender or regular blender. Store in the refrigerator in an air-tight container.
 
Usage:
Rinse with 2 teaspoons for approximately 1 minute, 1-2 times per day after brushing. For best results, do not eat, drink, or rinse for 30 minutes after expectorating. Do not swallow.

*This recipe makes approximately a 2-week supply.