Do you like to look after your body and care for your health? How often do we treat ourselves to a nourishing meal, before heading to the bathroom to brush our teeth with a chemical-laden toothpaste? Discover why natural toothpaste is a better for you and how you can do it yourself – effortlessly.
So What Is Really In My Toothpaste?
Some of the harmful ingredients that might be in your toothpaste include:
- Sodium Lauryl Sulphate: used as a foaming agent,
- Triclosan: added as an antibacterial,
- Glycerin: prevents mineralization of the bone.
What About Fluoride?
Fluoride is the first mineral that comes to mind when we think dental. Fluoride helps to make our bones strong, prevents cavities, and is essential for our teeth. But the form of fluoride and amount we are exposed to impacts our health and can be a very toxic element, especially when it accumulates. We are exposed to fluoride in our environment through air pollution, toothpaste, tap or bottled water and mouthwashes.
We are warned if you consume too much fluoride it is dangerous. However, we still use it twice daily on a brush. Since the mouth is a very vascular area, we absorb whatever goes onto our gums.
Healthy Alternatives To Chemical Toothpastes
Rich in lauric acid, which your body converts into a compound that has antiviral, antimicrobial, antiprotozoal and antifungal properties, coconut oil makes a perfect fluoride-free toothpaste replacement. Research is even suggesting that coconut oil can help slow the growth of some bacteria that lead to tooth decay.
You can easily make homemade toothpaste by combining coconut oil, baking soda, and some peppermint oil. Bicarb soda will also naturally whiten your teeth – just don’t apply too much pressure with your toothbrush when using it, as it is gently abrasive. I personally like to add some Xylitol to even out the salty taste of Sodium Carbonate. Xylitol Xylitol is a tooth-friendly, nonfermentable sugar alcohol. It is naturally extracted for example from birch trees and has an extremely low glycemic index (7) compared to mono-, di-, or polysaccharides (100), making it safe for individuals with hyperglycemia.
Sea Salt Mouth Wash
Wave goodbye to toxic mouthwashes with this cheap, non-toxic and natural alternative! Simply dissolve a couple of teaspoons of sea salt in a glass of warm water then gargle for 20 seconds. Your mouth will feel cleansed, clean and fresh!
Keep on smiling 🙂 !