If you’re worried about what’s in your mass-produced oral care products, you should be. Toothpaste from major manufacturers includes a long list of hard-to-pronounce chemicals like triclosan, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), propylene glycol, and diethanolamine — all of which can 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.
Oral Care Products Going Natural
Have no fear — it’s pretty easy to go au natural with your oral care routine. Here are a few simple swaps you can make:
Trade-in your toothbrush.
Plastic toothbrushes are a hazard to the health of our planet. But a high-quality toothbrush made with natural or recycled materials doesn’t have to be costly. Bamboo is 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 powdered baking soda toothpaste instead of the stuff in the tube.
Our all-natural baking soda toothpaste powder uses trace minerals, and organic oils to polish and clean teeth naturally. Unlike the conventional stuff, it’s water-free – which means no need for chemical preservatives or foaming agents.
Try oil pulling.
This centuries-old Ayurvedic practice helps pull bacteria from your mouth, for clean, healthy-looking teeth and gums. It takes some getting used to, but oil pulling is a simple, effective way to maintain better oral hygiene naturally.
Use a natural mouthwash.
If it burns, chances are it ain’t natural. You can freshen breath, reduce bacteria and strengthen gums with a little help from organic oils like peppermint and spearmint that have antimicrobial properties. Simply add a few drops of our Gum Serum to a glass of water, swish, and spit for a daily oral health boost.
Trade chemical tooth whiteners for activated charcoal.
Sure, you might look odd for a few minutes, but it’s worth it to reveal a sparkling smile. The activated charcoal in our whitening toothpaste powder works to remove stains and pull out toxins for a whiter, brighter smile. Use a few times a week to achieve a brighter smile without the bleach.
Opt for a natural breath spray rather than gum.
After drinking or eating, or whenever really, a 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. No sugar, no xylitol, no secretly stashing your chewed up gum under any tables.
There’s no need to use questionable or unsafe ingredients for healthy teeth and gums. Simple, natural ingredients and daily practices in your oral care products can do wonders for your smile.
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