Nasty, harmful chemicals are everywhere- especially in our beauty and personal care products. Here is a list of the natural items we use to ensure our teeth, and mouths stay fresh and healthy.
Firstly, we brush our teeth with toothpaste that has natural ingredients such as essential oils and aloe vera. We look for a toothpaste that contains no flouride, parabens, sodium laurel sulfates, sweeteners or flavours. All of these synthetic ingredients cause hormone disruption and in some cases make the body more prone to illness.
Next, we oil pull. Once to twice a day. First thing in the morning, we pop a tablespoon of coconut oil in our mouths and swish it around for 20 minutes. This freshens breath, pulls debris out from between the tight junctions of the teeth and when used with a lovely oil (such as coconut) the benefits include anti-bacterial and pH balancing properties. Read more about oil pulling here.
We use salt water to rinse our mouths. 1 tsp of Himalayan salt, in 1/4 cup of warm filtered water, and swish.
We use floss, but look for one without added flavours.
Finally, once a month to reduce tartar and plaque build up, I brush my teeth with a paste made from bicarbonate soda (aluminium free), a good pinch of Himalayan salt, filtered water and coconut oil. I spend a good five minutes brushing my teeth with the mix, and they feel squeaky clean afterwards. It’s really amazing!
With these steps, we keep our teeth and mouths clean and healthy. It’s important to have a good dose of probiotics daily to help too. The mouth is home to millions of bacteria, and if you are having fermented foods, like sauerkraut, kombucha and kefir it will help boost the good bacteria and reduce symptoms such as bad breath and infections.
The next step for us is to make our own toothpaste. Let us know if you have a good recipe, or if you have tried one that didn’t quite work. We would love to hear what you do!