Oral care is so important, and it’s one of the top things I suggest when people ask me what to switch out from conventional to non-toxic items. Toothpastes, mouthwash, even floss can contain so many toxins and even ruin the balance of bacteria in your mouth causing bad breath and dental decay.
Triclosan which contains endocrine-disrupting chemicals, and links to cancer and hormonal disruptions.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is what causes traditional toothpastes to foam up. The funny thing about this chemical is that its known to enhance bitter flavors, which is why you will notice foods tasting so gross after you’ve brushed (not the case with natural brands). This chemical is also a strong skin irritant, causing canker sores. It is a registered insecticide with toxic affects on marine life and the environment.
Aspartame is a common artificial sweetener found in many things, including toothpastes. First, I want to point out that when you google the word, it claims it is “medication.” Aspartame contains a methyl ester which forms methanol. Methanol in humans is really dangerous, traveling into the brain where it is converted into formaldehyde. This causes nausea, vertigo, ear ringing, dizziness, behavior changes, gastrointestinal issues, shooting pains in arms/legs, numbness, chills, memory problems, and more.
Other harmful ingredients include DEA, fluoride, propylene glycol, and microbeads. These things can cause real damage to us and the environment.
Other Toxins in Mouthwash and Floss:
Chlorhexidine, alcohol, oraldene, parabens, chlorides, and methyl salicylate to name a few. These things can damage your health, release toxins into your blood stream, cancer-causing, and even ruin the oral microbiome in your mouth.
I know that its all a lot of information to take in and can feel overwhelming, so I am going to stop there.
When I learned about all these dangers lurking in my oral care routine, I started looking into natural products and swapped everything out. My routine is really simple, but depending on your needs there are so many amazing products out there that are natural and work really well.
Natural toothpaste swap outs: Earthpaste is a great natural toothpaste with redmond clay, essential oils, real salt, and you can get it with or without xylitol. Uncle Harry’s alkalizing toothpaste is another great option. If you are needing something more for your teeth (cavities, damaged oral microbiome) I recommend using this remineralization kit.
Natural floss swap outs: This Dr, Tung’s floss is my personal favorite. You can also find it at a natural grocery store like Sprout’s.
Natural mouthwash swap out: There are great natural mouthwash options out there (like this one) but I am really loving this Yala Mouthwash right now. I love oil pulling, something that is so great for your oral health, and this stuff makes it so much easier to do because they taste so much better than straight coconut oil! I love that Yala includes essential oils that also promote healthy teeth and gums!
A few other great oral care products:
Dr. Tung’s Tongue Cleaner
Plaque Remover Sticks
What’s in your oral care routine? Do you oil pull? Share here or over on Instagram! For any questions, please feel free to email or DM me!