Welcome to this post: Natural Oral Care Alternatives.
While I’m no pro at this, I’ve decided I should start giving more of a hoot about my oral health. It’s the entryway of the GI tract, a large aspect of your microbiome and is where gut health starts coming into play. Also, teeth + gums that accrue tartar and plaque over time. This build up causes the gums to recede from the teeth, thus creating an opportunity for bacteria to get into the blood stream. Have an oral care ritual care can, thankfully, help prevent all of this.
Below, I’ve laid out all of the products I use on a daily basis. I’m so happy to report that in September 2021, I went to a holistic dentist for the first time in over 10 years. I had zero cavities and a very healthy mouth. I’ve got to chalk that up to clean eating and a non-toxic oral care routine.
This vibrating toothbrush has three different options as far as vibration frequency. My teeth have never felt as clean as they do after using this brush. I used a manual brush for many years and didn’t think I needed an electric toothbrush. My loss; I was missing out. Thankfully, I use the Boka brush 2x daily now.
Keeping your tongue clean goes beyond having fresh breath, though that’s a pleasant perk. The tongue is a common place for bacteria to build up as your day goes on eating meals & consuming drinks. To help give your palate a fresh slate each day, it’s helpful to clean (also known as tongue scraping) your tongue from as far back as you can comfortably clean, all the way to the tip of your tongue. You’ll notice a good amount of gunk comes off the first time. Seeing that will keep you coming back to this practice.
Made from coconuts, this floss helps you get to the entire arc (up towards the roots) of each tooth. This is how thorough flossing is done. With sustainability in mind, Cocofloss is an aligned & effective option for the conscious consumer.
This ozone-injected gum gel is a super powered oral care product. Living Libation’s ozonized oral care creation is made of three atoms of oxygen (O3). It uniquely delivers ozone to your tooth-brushing regime and adds a fresh depth to clean. Nascent oxygen and essential oils are natural partners for a happy mouth.
Other natural practices & products you can implement at home include:
Other Toothpastes Options I Like
Right now, I use Boka Toothpaste primarily. However, I find myself liking the occasional mix up for variety and to get different healing ingredients into my oral cavity. Xylawhite Refreshmint Toothpaste (code JES for 20% off if you purchase online) can be found at many health food stores (it’s the most accessible of all the picks I’ve mentioned). Also, I get a really good clean from the Triple Mint Toothpaste from Living Libations (code FEELGOOD15 for 15% off). Something about that formula provides a clean that is one of the best I’ve ever felt.
Pink Himalayan Sea Salt
This salt (not white table salt – they are chemically different) helps to reduce bacteria, prevent build up of tartar & plaque, and also can help remineralize your tooth enamel. I like to make a mixture ahead of time. It’s about 5 heaping tablespoons of pink himalayan sea salt & 8 ounces of water. Treat it like a mouthwash or pre-brush swish; it can even help loosen/soften tartar & plaque.
Baking soda or sodium bicarbonate provides alkalinity to the mouth, which helps eliminate tooth discoloration. Also, due to the mild abrasiveness, it removes plaque on the tooth’s surface.
What does your routine look like? Did you forget about/neglect oral health for several years like I did?😂