Non-Toxic Dental Hygiene & Tooth Care
Taking care of your dental health is about more than just brushing your teeth each day.
Your dental health is inextricably connected to your overall health, with many discomforts and diseases stemming from oral well-being.
Even before Western doctors scientifically ‘discovered’ the link between oral health and diseases like heart disease, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis and respiratory disease, many ancient healing practitioners were treating their patients with this holistic approach to oral health.
From what we eat and drink, to the substances we use to ‘clean’ our mouths, all these factors contribute to our health.
And the word ‘clean’ is used ironically, since most people still use decidedly unclean, toxic substances to care for their teeth, gums and mouth.
The Toxicity Of Commercial Tooth Care
One of the main issues with how we approach oral care today is that we think we need a host of harsh, and ultimately toxic substances to clean our teeth: pastes, polishes and mouthwashes pumped full of fluoride, peroxide and other chemicals that make our mouth--and body--sick.
For decades BIG PHARMA has pushed Fluoride as its #1 dental health chemical.
What most people don't know is the truth about Fluoride and why commercial-grade toothpastes actually carry health warnings against them.
In fact, fluoride is more poisonous than lead and only slightly less poisonous than arsenic--and big pharmaceutical companies are telling us fluoride toothpastes are safe to put in our mouths.
Not only have there been studies pointing Fluoride ingestion to damaged immune systems, but also cases of cancer, amnesia and tumours.
For so long, water systems have been flushed with this toxin - and it's even been the subject of political debate - without proper knowledge of its full effects.
Studies indicate that fluoride ingestion can cause cancer, amnesia, tumours and weakened immune systems. That is why commercial toothpastes warn against swallowing the product. Try as you might not to, the fact remains that some toothpaste is always ingested.
Even if you don’t swallow it, the toothpaste is absorbed through your mouth into your bloodstream. Your mouth is actually one of the most absorbent parts of your body.
Learn more: The Truth About Fluoride.
Don’t panic, though. Just simplify and naturalise your oral care with a non-toxic toothpaste and dental care regime.
When it comes to our health, less is almost always more. Our bodies are incredibly wise, and we don’t need to overburden our systems to promote our best health.
The two best methods for non-toxic oral care are just this:
- Eat clean
- Clean naturally
Here’s what we mean...
The old adage holds true: you are want you eat. Eat junk food, and you’ll have junk teeth. Eating a diet rich in whole, clean foods is your key to your best oral health.
The best foods for oral health include:
Calcium-rich foods, which promote strong teeth and bones. Try: Leafy greens, tofu and almonds.
Phosphorus rich foods, which also strengthen teeth. Try: Nuts, seeds and beans.
Vitamin C rich foods, which help to support gum health. Try: Citrus fruits, peppers, tomatoes, broccoli and spinach.
Water: You may not always be able to brush your teeth after meals or snacking. Instead, rinse your mouth with water after eating to remove debris that could sit in between and on teeth.
Foods That Clean Teeth
An apple a day doesn’t only keep the doctor away, it can keep the dentist at bay too. Apples can actually clean teeth, while also freshening breath.
Celery and carrots have similar cleansing benefits, with the added perk of being able to scrub away plaque.
As we’ve already mentioned, fluoride toothpastes and dental care products can be incredibly dangerous.
Thankfully, it’s easy to find--or make--fluoride-free, natural and non-toxic toothpaste and dental care products.
What do you look for in non-toxic toothpaste and dental care products?
Remember: less is more. If your toothpaste has a dozen ingredients, chances are, it’s not good for you.
Don’t automatically trust a toothpaste or powder that says “natural” or “organic”: it can still contain fluoride or carrageenan.
Instead, educate yourself so you can read labels. It only takes a few seconds, and will work wonders to improve your overall health, and oral health.
Toxic Ingredients to Avoid in Commercial Toothpastes
Suflates create the foam in toothpaste, as well as shampoo and soaps. Other than this sudsy effect, sulfates have no purpose.
Sulfates can be irritating to skin, and especially the tissue in your mouth, resulting in tiny tears that may develop into ulcers.
Some sulfates are carcinogenic, which may cause cancer.
Artificial flavours, colours or sweeteners
Other than making toothpaste look and smell pretty (and there are natural ways to do this), artificial flavours and colours have no purpose. They simply build up in your body and overtime, pollute your body stream.
Artificial sweeteners have a host of well-documented dangers. They’ve been linked to depression and anxiety, learning and behavioural issues, headaches, dizziness and seizures.
Diethanolamine (a.k.a. DEA)
Like sulfates, DEA helps create the foam in toothpaste. Prolonged exposure to DEA may cause organ system toxicity, hormone imbalances and cancer.
Remember: we don’t need foam to have clean teeth.
Triclosan is linked to compromised cardiovascular function, cancer, allergies and endocrine issues. Triclosan may also cause bacteria to become resistant to antibiotics.
While triclosan has been banned in some parts of the world, in others, it is still found in a myriad of health and beauty products--including toothpaste.
Titanium dioxide, which gives toothpaste it’s brilliant white colour, has been shown to cause cancerous growths in lab studies.
While ‘natural’, since it comes from red seaweed, carrageen (a thickening agent in toothpaste and many food products), can cause intestinal inflammation.
Natural Ingredients to Look for in Natural Toothpaste
Coconut oil contains lauric acid, which can stop plaque build-up, help reduce bacteria in the mouth and reduce inflammation in the gums.
Learn more: The Amazing Health Benefits of Coconut Oil.
Activated charcoal is incredibly porous and can remove surface stains while preventing tooth decay through its ability to increase your oral pH.
Learn more: Top 5 Detoxifying Benefits Of Activated Charcoal
Derived from xylose, birch bark sugar, xylitol cannot be metabolised by plaque bacteria. As a result it will reduce plaque build-up. It also makes the toothpaste taste sweet.
Stevia is a sweetener that comes from a plant, and since it does not produce the lactic acid that eats away at teeth and causes decay, it is an incredibly effective non-toxic toothpaste ingredient.
Is there nothing essential oils can’t do? Essential oils are lauded for their cleansing abilities thanks to their antimicrobial properties. Natural toothpastes often contain essential oils because they have powerful antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and general cleansing properties.
Popular and effective essential oils for toothpastes include peppermint, lemon, chamomile, clove and cinnamon.
Our Toothfairy line of non-toxic toothpastes, powders and dental care contains many of these ingredients, and is an excellent way to care for your oral health and overall health.
See our full line-up of oral care products.
Make Your Own Tox-Free Toothpaste
You can actually make your own toothpaste or powder by gently combining a few ingredients from your local health food store - with NO toxic effects.
Non-Toxic Toothpaste Ingredients:
- Baking soda
- Organic Stevia
- Sea Salt
- Peppermint Essential Oil
Get premium quality doTERRA Peppermint Essential Oil
Combine all your ingredients in a small jar and mix gently. Use as you would regular toothpaste.
This is exactly how we handcrafted my brand new look, Tooth Fairy!
And guess what?
It doesn't have (or need) any warning labels... because it's 100% natural and toxin free!
And your breath and mouth will feel cleaner than they ever have.
Baking Soda has been used for many years to assist in the exfoliation of the tar build up on teeth as well as neutralising odours. This mix with essential oils will freshen your oral health and assist with keep your teeth clean!
And if you're really serious about your oral hygiene, we've put together a value-packed 'Pearly Whites Bundle', which includes Activated Charcoal Powder and Pure Virgin Coconut Oil to go with your Tooth Fairy, so that you can make your own natural toxin-busting toothpaste by mixing them all together. I also throw in Natural Bristle Toothbrush to protect your gums and enamel when brushing!
It’s easier to use natural, non-toxic toothpaste and dental care than you think. What’s more, it’s not expensive.
Whether you buy a reputable non-toxic toothpaste or make your own, caring for your oral health, naturally, will give you something to smile about.
Tolman Self Care