Ditch Your Toxic Toothpaste for these 7 Healthier, Natural Alternatives

By:Ariba Khaliq, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Nov 25, 2014

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A toothpaste counts as an essential commodity for sound oral health but what if this supposedly “healthy” item is actually toxic? Yes, it is. But, a lot of natural toothpaste alternatives can help you keep your teeth and mouth clean and healthy.
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    What’s Wrong with Toothpaste?

    Well, like most commercial health and beauty products these days, toothpastes have also been industrialised over the years and are loaded with questionable ingredients like fluoride, titanium dioxide, glycerine, sodium lauryl sulphate, and artificial sweeteners. While all these ingredients are used in toothpastes to provide us with whiter teeth, some of these are actually toxic and carcinogenic in nature. With regular use over the years, these toxins get absorbed by our body’s cells and cause damage to them. But, don’t worry, you don’t have to chuck brushing your teeth all together; you can just swap your toothpaste with the following natural alternatives.

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    Sea Salt

    Have you noticed on TV the commercial advertisements for toothpastes that contain salt? It’s because salt is beneficial for your oral health, especially sea salt. It’s easy to do: Just dab your toothbrush in sea salt and brush away as you do with toothpaste.  If you are concerned about abrasion, you can dissolve the salt in water first and dip your brush in the saltwater before brushing.

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    Baking Soda

    This is one of the most popular natural alternatives to toothpaste. Just like sea salt, you can dip your toothbrush in baking soda and brush away as usual. Again, you can dissolve it in water and use it for brushing. Many people use baking soda as a base for homemade tooth powder. You mix it with a few drops of peppermint essential oil and stevia (an herb) to give your mouth a minty fresh feel.

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    Dry Brushing

    This is the simplest of them all. According to some people, you don’t need anything at all to brush your teeth. Remember your dry brushing your body removes dead skin cells and unveils a newer, healthier skin? Dry brushing your teeth does a similar job. Just a slight downside, though it works well enough, there’s no minty mouth feel like we’re all used to.

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    Coconut Oil

    Yes, believe us, coconut is a great natural toothpaste alternative. Its antifungal and antibacterial properties come in handy for mouth cleaning. Coconut oil can be used alone and combined with other ingredients like baking soda and essential oils. Swish about one tablespoon of coconut oil for several minutes. Then brush with plain water. The technique is known as oil pulling.

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    Pure Water

    If dry brushing isn’t your thing, try brushing with pure water. This also works surprisingly well for clearing debris from the teeth, though you still don’t get that minty mouth feel.

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    Oral Irrigation

    A lot of users swear by the efficacy of a water flosser which they say works wonders for cleaning teeth and gums. Water jet is clinically proven to be up to 93-percent more effective than flossing, and its advanced control deliver a water pressure of 10 to 90 PSI with 1200 pulses per minute. Oral irrigation helps remove debris and bacteria lodged deep between teeth and below the gum-line and has significant oral health benefit for people who wear braces, have diabetes, and gum disease.

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    Hydrogen Peroxide

    Many a people use hydrogen peroxide to keep their teeth clean and white. Dip your toothbrush in hydrogen peroxide and then in a 50/50 mixture of baking soda and fine sea salt. The only potential problem with hydrogen peroxide is that if you have amalgam fillings, peroxide may leach mercury from them.

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