Toothpaste has some problems.
Like most commercialized health and beauty products on the market, mainstream toothpaste is chock full of chemicals that can actually destroy your teeth and make you sick.
Some of the biggest offenders are …
Fluoride supposedly prevents cavities. Supposedly, because it doesn’t even do that very well. In fact, fluoride can actually be extremely toxic to your body, sometimes even triggering acne breakouts around your mouth.
More and more, fluoride-free toothpaste is becoming the norm—but that doesn’t mean your mouth is 100% safe just yet…
Titanium dioxide’s teeny, tiny particles are easily absorbed through the cells in your mouth while brushing teeth. That’s a bad thing because there are concerns that titanium dioxide can cause cancer.
Almost every single toothpaste on the market (even natural ones) contains glycerin, which helps put the “paste” in toothpaste. But glycerin’s unique texture can also leave a coating on your teeth that stops them from remineralizing!
SLS is the substance that makes your toothpaste foam up when you brush your teeth, but it’s actually a nasty chemical that has no place in or around our bodies.
Unfortunately, consumers have certain expectations of how their toothpaste should taste, and artificial sweeteners like saccharin and sorbitol are common ingredients to help boost the flavor.
Luckily, we have better alternatives than these. Next up, let’s take a look at 5 ingredients that will actually help you instead of harm you.
Around here, we love sea salt—and yes, you can even brush your teeth with it.
Because salt is abrasive, you should dissolve it in a little bit of water beforehand to go a little bit easier on your teeth.
Like sea salt, baking soda is abrasive, so go easy as you adopt it in your tooth-cleaning routine.
Baking soda is also a great base for a homemade tooth powder—just add a couple drops of peppermint oil for a more natural, minty feel.
Coconut oil is antifungal and antibacterial, making it a key player in any natural toothcare routine. It can be used alone or combined with other ingredients like baking soda or essential oil.
Not really an ingredient, but awesome nonetheless—and way more natural than slathering a bunch of chemicals on your teeth.
Water irrigation uses tools like the Waterpik to blast your teeth sparkling clean, instead of using harmful chemicals.
Sometimes just a drop or two of essential oils on a damp toothbrush are enough to leave your mouth feeling fresh and rejuvenated—it’s all the minty goodness of toothpaste without the extra junk.
Oral care is an often overlooked aspect of natural health and beauty, but it’s just as important as taking care of your hair, skin, nails and health. Use this article as a guideline for which harmful chemicals to avoid, and try to incorporate some of the natural remedies we talked about for a fresher, healthier mouth.