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
- 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.
Here are a few nontoxic options:
- David’s Natural Toothpaste (contains carrageenan, so I encourage you to do your own research to determine if you’re comfortable using this)
- Dr. Brite Toothpaste and Oral Care Products (save with code healthfullyhannah at checkout)
- Coral White
- Dr. Bronner’s Toothpaste (also contains carrageenan)
Treatment / Remineralizing Toothpaste
If 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.
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, 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.
Many 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.
To avoid plastic bristles and brush, I use Brush with Bamboo. It’s eco-friendly and the wood is super smooth.
Mouthwash & Breath Fresheners
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.
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 Sparkle 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.
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.
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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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