The Complete Guide to Nontoxic Oral Care

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Even though it may not seem like it, oral health is a foundation to our overall health. Did you know that oral disease is linked to a wide range of systemic diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, stroke, Alzheimer’s, and that individuals with gum disease and other oral diseases are significantly more likely to have a heart attack and develop diabetes?

The state of our oral health impacts overall health, and the mouth can actually be a great indicator of overall health. Just like the eyes are the window to the soul, our mouth can be a sign of internal issues. Oral health is so intricately tied to overall health, that it’s no surprise when (sometimes unnecessary dental procedures) lead to serious health consequences. (I’ll have to save these topics to elaborate in future posts!)

I’ve written about the oral microbiome, explaining that just like our gut microbiome, we have an oral microbiome that impacts gut health and therefore, overall health. Protecting the oral microbiome is nearly impossible using conventional oral care products on store shelves.

Conventional oral care products contain:

  • Fluoride & Triclosan (both disrupt thyroid function)
  • Propylene Glycol
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
  • Sweeteners
  • Carrageenan
  • Diethanolamine (DEA)
  • And more!

These chemicals not only add to our body burden and daily exposure, but they disrupt the oral microbiome, which sets the stage for a host of dental issues, and ultimately other health issues. Plus, since we’re actually putting these products into our bodies, they really should not contain hormone-disrupting, carcinogenic ingredients. The mouth is even more absorbent than our skin, meaning that chemicals it encounters absorb into the bloodstream.

Now, let’s get into some safe, nontoxic oral care products that perform just like their conventional products (usually better!) I often hear from readers and clients that they’re worried that natural toothpaste won’t be as effective, well I’m hear to assure you that that is simply not the case.

If you’ve tried a “natural” toothpaste and found that it wasn’t as effective as the conventional kind, remember that a lot of options aren’t formulated properly, so I encourage you to try others (starting with the ones mentioned in this post) until you find a natural option that works for you. My oral health improved dramatically after transitioning to only nontoxic oral care.

Natural toothpastes that are formulated properly are effective and contrary to popular belief, we don’t need harsh chemicals to have healthy teeth and gums.

Keep in mind that not all “natural” or “fluoride-free” toothpastes you’ll see on the shelves are actually free from all the harmful ingredients, as greenwashing is common with oral care products too.

Toothpaste

Everyday Toothpaste

Nontoxic Natural ToothpasteI use Uncle Harry’s Peppermint toothpaste as my everyday toothpaste. It is on the stronger side if you haven’t used a toothpaste with essential oils yet. However, it leaves your mouth feeling fresh and minty. Packaged in a glass jar rather than a tube.

If you’re looking for something a little closer to ‘regular toothpaste’, Coral White is a great nontoxic option.  

Treatment / Remineralizing Toothpaste

Wellscent oral careIf you’re looking for a more powerful toothpaste that acts as a remineralizing treatment as well as an everyday option, I highly recommend Well Scent’s Dental Care products. They are aromatherapist-created and are highly recommended by many dentists! In fact, many dentists are surprised with the dramatic improvements they see in their patients after using WellScent’s dental line. They are certainly higher-budget than most toothpastes, but you’re getting the best quality out there and helping to avoid dental issues in the future, which is worth the extra money in my opinion! Their dental line left my mouth and teeth feeling cleaner than ever before. My favorite dental line hands-down! Their testimonials are remarkable.

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In fact, this is the line I used to successfully reverse two cavities naturally. I used Watch Your Mouth Extreme Clean Toothpaste Replacement / Mouthwash, Shine, and Sparkle. Instead of a paste, the formula is actually a blend of essential oils and then a loose remineralization powder and dental brightener, Shine. Sparkle is their activated charcoal whitening product and whole mouth herbal detox, more on that below. 

I also use Uncle Harry’s Remineralization Kit, which “can help strengthen enamel and stabilize cavities from further demineralization”. It’s also whitening!

What does it mean to remineralize teeth?

You may be wondering what it means to remineralize teeth or why some people use a “remineralizing toothpaste”. Over time, the enamel on our teeth can easily become damaged, leading to the formation of cavities. This can result from excess sugar intake, excess consumption of phytates and phytic acid (found in grains, beans, legumes, and nuts), poor oral hygiene, an unbalanced oral microbiome, and a deficiency in the key fat-soluble vitamins that are essential for oral health.

Some cavities, especially those in the early stage, can actually be reversed with improved nutrient intake and when minerals are applied directly to the teeth, with a remineralizing toothpaste. A remineralizing toothpaste just means that it contains minerals (and other nutrients) that help strengthen the enamel of our teeth.

Sensitive Toothpaste

Uncle Harry's Sensitive ToothpasteWith sensitive gums, it’s important to consider what the root cause of this issue may be. For some, it may be poor nutritional status. For others, it may be systemic inflammation causing irritation and sensitivity.

One of the most popular natural toothpaste options for sensitive gums is Uncle Harry’s Sensitive Tooth Powder for Sensitive Teeth and Receding Gums. It’s also remineralizing, which means it will help improve sensitivity over time. Also, many people with sensitivity find it helpful to avoid peppermint and peppermint essential oil. 

Children’s Toothpaste

Natural Children's ToothpasteMany natural toothpastes are too strong for children, so one of the best options for children is Jack & Jill. They have fruity flavors that kids love and they work really well! They even have a natural toothbrush for children. 

Toothbrush

To avoid plastic bristles and brush, I use Brush with Bamboo. It’s eco-friendly and the wood is super smooth. 

Mouthwash & Breath Fresheners

Remineralizing ToothpasteUncle Harry’s and Dr. Brite both offer mouthwashes. I use Uncle Harry’s Remineralization kit, which includes their miracle mouthwash and their alkalizing, remineralizing, and pH-balancing liquid. It’s strong at first, but it leaves your mouth feeling clean and fresh! They also have a fresh breath spray which is great for on-the-go.

Floss

I know, floss seems pretty harmless at first. But did you know that conventional floss is lined with teflon and petroleum (linked to cancer – yikes!) So yes, even floss should be replaced! I use this floss, but CocoFloss and Eco-Dent are other nontoxic options.

Whitening Products

Ah, now to the fun part! Whitening products! We all love a bright white smile, but at what cost? Whitening strips, and certainly whitening treatments, are far from safe. Yet his doesn’t mean we have to live with yellow teeth. Thankfully, there are safe and nontoxic options to naturally whiten teeth.

One of the most popular is activated charcoal. Yes, you read that right. Don’t worry, this is not the same kind of charcoal you use for the grill! Activated charcoal is a fantastic way to naturally brighten your teeth and remove stubborn stains. It works by binding to bacteria and film, which is why it’s so effective.

WellScent’s SparkleNatural Teeth Whitener is a great option for activated charcoal (and it lasts forever!) These Whitening Pens are another option. They are nontoxic and easy to use! Just apply, let sit for two minutes, and repeat daily. Both work well, it just depends on which method you prefer.

Tongue Scraper

Last but certainly not least, a tongue scraper is essential for everyone in order to remove buildup! It is the #1 thing you should be doing if you want fresh breath. Simply brushing your tongue won’t get the job done. Trust me, once you start this simple habit, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it. Plus, it also offers some great detox benefits. I use this one, but I’ve also heard good things about this one. Avoid using a plastic tongue scraper.

Finding a Biological / Holistic Dentist

I plan to write more on this and share my experience in the future, but for now, I highly recommend finding a biological / holistic dentist. They’re qualified like other dentists, but they have a fantastic approach to natural oral health. In addition to educating you on what oral health really means, they don’t pressure you into harmful fluoride treatments and certainly avoid unnecessary x-rays. Some even offer mercury filling replacements and powerful treatments to reverse cavities, which I’m guessing your regular dentist hasn’t told you about 😉 Fillings should not always be the first approach and if a filling is required, be sure to ask about the material they use.

You can search for a biological dentist in your area here and here!

To make sure you don’t leave any products out of your transition, be sure to take advantage of my FREE library of guides, worksheets, and eBooks! Already a member? You can access the library here and use the password I sent you when you signed up.

Now that you know exactly why conventional oral care products like toothpaste and mouthwash are harmful to your health and you have a list of the best nontoxic alternatives, which product do you think you’ll replace first?

Remember, take it one step at a time and enjoy the transition, knowing that you’re taking steps for your health.

 

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Hannah Smith

Hannah is the founder of Healthfully Hannah and is a nutrition professional empowering women to live healthfully through science-based, step-by-step guidance. Read Hannah’s health journey that led her to discover the power of Functional Medicine and Nutrition. Get in touch with Hannah right here.


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  1. Thanks for this info! I’d never heard of remineralization before, but I’m excited to learn more about it now.

  2. Had no idea about the necessity of remineralizing teeth!!! So important it’s sad dentists neglect to realize this . I want to replace my toothpaste first then mouthwash
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  3. I enjoyed your post. I’ve switched toothpaste awhile back. I would love to go to a holistic dentist but fear the price. Need to switch my floss still.

  4. I love hearing about some of these products. I’ve been seeing good results with oil pulling, and natural toothpaste, but I’d love to work on remineralizing and a wholistic dentist! ❤️

  5. I am new to this journey and just now finding out how bad all the products I am used to using are for me. I will change out my toxic toothpaste immediately! Thank you for putting together such a wealth of information:)

  6. Love this info!! Having been diagnosed with Hashimotos this week, I’m excited to find a toothpaste that won’t mess with my thyroid! Perfect timing!

  7. Wonderful post. Very interesting! I am still trying to make my own natural toothpaste and my children use toms currently which I’m trying to find better!

  8. love this post, we see a holistic dentist and are in the process of getting all of our mercury fillings replaced. we’ve used earthpaste as well as other natural flouride free brands and I also like my magic mud whitening tooth powder (the ingredients are only activated charcoal, food grade bentonite clay, orange peel extract powder, and mint extract powder, all organic!). We’ve tried jack and Jill for my kids but they seem to eat it more than really brush with it (they suck it off the toothbrush). We also just try to swish with water after eating and I feel like oil pulling is also super helpful.

  9. The first step I made in transitioning was toothpaste for sure. Tongue scraping and remineralizing are both completely new to me! Thanks for sharing such usual info and links as well!

  10. I love Uncle Harry’s toothpaste and miracle mouthwash. It is super strong but worth the health benefits. I even use it to brush my dogs’ teeth. I find there are too many chemicals in teeth hygiene products, so I made the switch.

  11. We’re kind of half and half on “natural” dentistry. I’ve tried Earthpaste, but hated it because it dried my mouth out. Right now I just make sure I avoid SLS. I get canker sores fairly easily and switching to an SLS-free toothpaste keeps their occurrence down! I’ve been really curious about tongue scrapers, but they also kind of freak me out!

  12. Such a helpful article! I switched to a natural toothpaste awhile back but my husband doesn’t like it, so it’s nice to have some more options. Also thanks for the mouthwash recommendations!

  13. I really enjoyed this article because I’ve always had issues with cavities and am just starting to switch my products for healthier, more natural ones. I’ve switched my toothpaste and began oil pulling but I need to switch my floss and look into a holistic dentist. They are just so expensive! Thanks for the info!

  14. This is soooo helpful! I spent tons of time going to all of the links, looking through the recommended products and learning about remineralization and reversing cavitites! I looked for a biological dentist in my area and found 2! Will do more exploring. I transitioned myself and 2 children to flouride free toothpaste and bamboo toothbrushes about a year ago and have a tongue scraper. Can’t wait to dive in deeper! Thanks again!
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  15. Great article. I love my tongue scraper! I also have tried activated charcoal for whitening but that’s about it. I’m excited to try more!

  16. Thanks for the tips on new remineralization products. I’ve already switched to Dirty Mouth tooth powder and noticed big difference in sensitivity and whitening.

  17. I’ve been using more “natural” toothpastes for years but I would love to go even more natural. Thanks for enlightening us about these products.

  18. Omg. I’m a devout flosser and I never knew there was petroleum and teflon in my floss. Thank you for the heads up!!

  19. I’d never heard of the oral microbiome before but it makes perfect sense! Love the info about remineralization. It’s something I’ve been trying to start for a while and this article has given me an extra push to get the process underway!

  20. I really need to try something different because I have at least one cavity I need to heal. I’ve been using David’s toothpaste lately.

  21. I have recently switched to non fluoride all natural toothpastes and I’m also interested in trying the remineralization kit.

  22. I have struggled with cavities all of my life due to my teeth being so close together, and I am in LOVE with Uncle Harry’s and Dr. Bronner’s Toothpaste. It truly works wonders!

  23. Thanks for this post! In an effort to improve my dental health, I’ve been using Uncle Harry’s products, but I’m very interested to try Well Scent!

  24. Thank you for the wonderful article as usual! My whole family has switched to natural oral care. We are still exploring different brands to find which one we love most. We have tried Dr. Brite and Dr. Bronner’s. Though we love the heavier mint flavor of Dr. Bronner’s, we prefer the formula and ingredients in Dr. Brite. I also love their mouthwash! For our son, we have tried both Dr. Brite and Jack N Jill. He seems to enjoy them both equally which is great! You mentioned a few products that I will definitely put on our list to check out.

  25. Wow this can be so overwhelming and intimidating, especially for someone with virtually no budget who buys $1 toothpaste and $1 toothbrushes at the dollar store 🙁 I have looked into this before when researching ways to naturally heal cavities and I did a ton of research and finally came down to making my own remineralizing powder but even that is expensive to get started with. In the end I was so scared of toothpaste after my research that I just dry brushed my teeth with water only for months. I do have some activated charcoal and coconut oil and I have wondered if I could just combine these two and be better off than using regular toothpaste. I have been oil pulling with coconut oil and I think that’s helped a lot. I would love to try products from a company like Well Scent, I checked their website and Instagram pages and I’m in love!

  26. Dental care has been my biggest challenge. I’ve tried so many products and my husband is always saying he feels like his teeth are worse off than before using natural products so this is super helpful! I’m going to try this stuff out!
    We use Jack & Jill for my son and I love it for him!

  27. I just recently went to the dentist for the first time in 10 years and found out I had 4 cavities- yikes!! This post was so informative and reassuring, as I had no idea you could reverse cavities naturally! I am all about a non-toxic lifestyle and I really enjoyed learning about he brands you shared and that I can take care of my teeth in a healthy way!

  28. Love the remineralizatin idea. So need this and I can’t wait to try it on my kids too. Already switched my toothpaste and kids but need to find whitening ideas that are green so this article was perfect.

  29. Thank you so much for the info! I’ve never new that about normal floss. Yulk!!!! We are all using natural toothpaste and mouth wash but never knew hat floss could be so harmful!

  30. So far I have switched over to a clean tooth paste ( Eco coral or David’s) and use a tongue scraper also.

  31. I use davids toothpaste and love it! But still unfortunately use conventional floss picks since I hate using a normal floss and can’t find an eco alternative for that. We use dessert essence mouthwash, bit a big fan and it doesn’t completely prevent gums problems for my husband but we both really didn’t like the dr brite one, our mouths didn’t feel clean at all after it. Thanks for all the information, will check it out!

  32. I enjoyed hearing how we all stand to improve the quality of the products we use and to choose healthier options.

  33. This is a great article! I love the info about remineralizing teeth, I have never heard of that! I look forward to starting a transition.

  34. After working in the dental field for 10 years this has been the hardest to accept. Convential toothpaste with fluoride is what was always recommend so this is a BIG change for me. First I am planning on switching out the toothpastes and am very interested in the remineralization kit.

  35. I’m currently transitioning into a zero waste lifestyle and there is so much overlap into the health conscious holistic world. The timing of this article could not come at a more perfect time! I just finished a tube of toxic toothpaste and had begun researching homemade receipes.

  36. You know I have spent so much money on oral health listening to dentists removing my wisdom teeth at 22 and now at 51 have lost and chipped many teeth this was very interesting.

  37. I am always looking for better & safer ways to take care of myself. I do purchase natural toothpaste but I haven’t taken the plunge into other natural oral care. I’d love to try some of these products! Thank you for the suggestions and introduction to these!! Fingers crossed!!

  38. Love this! So helpful. Just switched to a natural toothpaste which was a tough change but I now I can’t believe I ever used anything else. I didn’t realize that my sensitivity to flouride was continuing to dermatitis near my mouth…switching has definitely made a difference. Next, floss! Will def look into the ones you suggested.

  39. Thanks so much for this informative post! I really enjoyed reading about the different types of toothpaste and floss that I can switch to!

  40. I love reading your articles, they are so helpful and informative without being overwhelming. I switched to natural toothpaste and mouthwash about a year ago. I made the switch to natural toothpaste because I just kept feeling like I could never get my mouth feeling clean enough even with brushing and mouthwash multiple times a day. Conventional toothpaste started to dry my mouth. I love Uncle Harry’s toothpaste! I haven’t heard of Well Scent though but I have to check them out! I’ve been really interested and researching remineralization products so this article has been really helpful. I’m slowly trying to get my husband on board with all natural oral care. He’s coming around though and articles like this are helpful.

  41. I have slowly been replacing my products with more natural ones but haven’t switched any oral care ones yet. I am excited to read about these products and eager to try them foe myself and my family. Thank you for the article and the helpful info!

  42. Great post! I’m on board for it all. I’ve switched to a tounge scraper, natural toothpaste and mouth wash, and even got myself some Cocofloss! I’d love to try out Wellscent’s products 🙂

  43. I’ve transitioned to natural tube toothpastes and whiteners but have never tried making my own or tried any plastic-free options.

  44. I had no idea about floss containing teflon! THANK YOU for this very informative post. I constantly have issues with my teeth and I love that these products are tested and recommended by dentists. I can’t wait to try them!

  45. Oh man, I knew regular toothpaste was no good but I hadn’t thought about floss and toothbrush! The tools are just as important as the products! I’ll need to add those to my oral care routine!