The problem with conventional store-bought toothpastes is the chemical ingredients they contain, some of which are toxic to your health.
Some of the ingredients to look out for are:
- Fluoride – high dosage linked to infertility, tooth decay, acne and hormone disruption, children are at a particular risk as they are more likely to ingest toothpaste whilst brushing
- Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS) – interferes with the function of your taste buds, not to mention it is also registered as an insecticide
- Triclosan – interferes with hormonal function and is toxic to aquatic organisms
- Diethanolamine (DEA) – can form a carcinogen causing hormone disruption and cancer
- Artificial sweeteners (including aspartame, sorbitol and saccharin) – these can be linked to headaches and nausea
It’s time to look at some more natural alternatives. Here are 10 alternatives for your regular toothpaste:
1. Coconut oil
Coconut oil has naturally antibacterial and anti-fungal properties to keep your mouth clean
2. Essential oil
You can use organic essential oils such as peppermint, spearmint, lemon, eucalyptus or whatever suits your fancy. The oils have a strong flavour and have strong antibacterial properties. Use two drops on a wet toothbrush or in water before brushing
3. Oil pulling
Swishing a tablespoon of oil such as coconut or sesame seed or sunflower oil in your mouth for 10-15min once a day to kills the bacteria in your mouth to fight plaque and gingivitis. Then brush with plain water once finished.
4. Bicarbonate of soda
A popular but salty tasting alternative. It is effective in whitening your teeth, but should not be used too frequently as it is abrasive on your gums and your teeth which can remove enamel.
5. Hydrogen Peroxide
It is commonly mixed with baking soda as a toothpaste and will help clean and whiten your teeth.
6. Apple cider vinegar
Along with a range of other benefits, apple cider vinegar is also good for your oral health. It is effective for removing stains by simply rubbing it directly onto your teeth. A tablespoon before bed can also eliminate bad breath. Be sure to not use too much of it, as it’s acidity can damage the enamel on your teeth. Remember, everything in moderation.
7. Herbal mouth powder
These powders contain herbal ingredients such as aloe vera resin, organic peppermint leaf, myrrh gum, goldenseal root etc. that strengthen the gums and help with inflammation or mouth ulcers.
8. Water or dry brushing
This basic method does the job in removing food debris from your mouth, although it won’t remove any odours. It may also feel odd as there will be no flavour or added texture.
9. Sea salt
This simple ingredient can be diluted with water to make it less abrasive. It is rich in minerals, but will taste salty.
10. Natural soap
People claim that this works more effectively. Be sure to use natural soaps with organic ingredients and not your conventional store-bought soaps that contain a variety of chemicals or you will be doing your teeth more harm than good. It will as you can imagine taste like soap in your mouth.
Learn to make you own toothpaste here.
Talk to your dentist if you have any concerns.