If you’re concerned about the ingredients in conventional toothpastes, you aren’t alone. Toothpastes from major manufacturers include a long list of hard-to-pronounce chemicals such as triclosan, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), propylene glycol and diethanolamine — all of which may be toxic to the human body.
Triclosan, for example, has been linked to concerns over antibiotic resistance and hormonal disruption, as well as heart disease. In fact, triclosan was banned in 2016 by federal authorities in over-the-counter products like antibacterial soaps and gels, after manufacturers were unable to prove it’s long-term safety. The artificial colors and flavors, as well as the fluoride that’s added to these products are also of concern, especially in children’s products.
Have no fear — It’s incredibly easy to green your mouth, so to speak, and go au natural with your oral care routine. Here are a few simple swaps you can make:
Trade in your toothbrush.
Plastic toothbrushes pose a risk to both your health and the health of our planet. But a high-quality toothbrush made with natural or recycled materials doesn’t have to be costly. Bamboo is always a great choice (for toothbrushes as well as a lot of other household items). Be sure to choose a toothbrush with soft bristles that won’t scratch tooth enamel or damage your gums.
Use a tooth powder instead of toothpaste.
All-natural tooth powders that use trace minerals, soothing oils, and nutrients can polish and clean, along with supporting the natural mineralization of your teeth. They also possess detoxifying properties and help maintain healthy gums.
Try oil pulling.
This ancient Ayurvedic practice helps pull bacteria from your mouth, leaving you with clean, healthy-looking teeth and gums. It takes some getting used to, but the oil pulling method is a simple, effective way to achieve better oral hygiene naturally.
Incorporate a gum serum.
Such serums can turbocharge your body’s natural cleaning and defense processes with soothing, nourishing oils that encourage healthy teeth and gums. This is especially important if you have a sensitive mouth or gums.
Trade chemical tooth whiteners for activated charcoal.
Though the sight of a black mouth can be jarring, it’s worth the benefits! The activated charcoal in our whitening tooth powder works to remove stains and pull out toxins for a whiter, brighter smile. Use a few times a week to achieve a sparkling smile without bleach or other harsh chemicals.
Opt for a natural breath spray rather than gum.
After drinking or eating, or just for a refreshing feel, using a refreshing breath spray made with all-natural ingredients like organic peppermint, spearmint, lemon, ginger and tea tree essential oils gives fresh breath while supporting healthy teeth and gums.
There’s absolutely no need to use harsh and potentially harmful ingredients to have healthy teeth and gums. In fact, some of the best ways to practice good oral hygiene can be found in simple, natural ingredients and daily practices!
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