A bright smile does wonders for anyone’s appearance, and keeping this asset in top shape the healthy way is easy. Natural toothpastes take dental care back to basics with simple ingredients including natural abrasives, herbs, baking soda and essential oil flavours such as mint, citrus, cinnamon and fennel.
Many steer clear of SLS, which is best avoided if you’re suffering from bleeding gums or mouth ulcers, and parabens (opting instead for natural preservatives such as citric acid or grapefruit seed extract). Natural dental products also avoid antibacterial agents such as triclosan, a broad-spectrum antibiotic, and include instead the natural antibacterial properties of tea tree oil, cloves, cinnamon or myrrh.
People new to natural toothpastes will be delighted with the range, from children’s versions to formulations for sensitive teeth, but could wonder why so many are fluoride-free. Their makers believe that although fluoride helps prevent tooth decay in children, adults might be getting too much of a good thing. The theory is that fluoride builds up in our bodies, crowding out other valuable nutrients including calcium, and possibly leading to brittle bones as we grow older.
Natural dental floss uses natural waxes and flavours without artificial colours and preservatives, and alternative mouthwashes avoid alcohol, artificial sweeteners or preservatives (if you need mouthwash, consider whether it is your flossing routine or your general health that needs a shake up).
Tooth- and environment-kind
- Use toothbrushes with replaceable heads—after all, when did your toothbrush handle last wear out? They’re available by mail order and come with plastic or natural bristles.
- Rosemary is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal; rosemary tea makes a good mouthwash, as do sage, birch or mint tea, or use 1 teaspoon baking soda or 1 teaspoon of salt in a glass of water.
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About the Author: Alan Kennon lives a very happy life with two kids and a lovely wife. He likes to share his life time experiences with others about how they can improve their lifestyle and personality.