Natural toothpaste alternatives are all the rage these days.
So, what’s wrong with toothpaste?
Well, like most commercial health and beauty products on the market, toothpaste has been industrialized over the years.
Here are just a few of the questionable ingredients commonly found in commercial toothpastes:
Fluoride. While fluoride is supposedly the ingredient that prevents cavities, it doesn’t do that job very well and can actually be very toxic to the body. In fact, if you suffer from acne outbreaks around the mouth and chin area, fluoride toothpaste may be the cause! (If you haven’t already, check out The Case Against Fluorideand The Fluoride Deception for more information.) Fluoride-free toothpastes are becoming more common, but unfortunately it’s not the only ingredient in toothpaste you should be avoiding. Read more about fluoride dangers here.
Titanium dioxide. There are some concerns that titanium dioxide is carcinogenic. The biggest problem is that nano-sized particles of titanium dioxide can be absorbed through the mouth and may cause toxic damage in the cells of the body.
Glycerin. This is found in almost every toothpaste on the market (even the natural ones). Glycerin helps give toothpaste its pasty texture and keeps it from drying out. But it can also leave a coating on your teeth that prevents them from remineralizing.
Sodium lauryl sulfate. It gives you the foamy cleaning action we all expect from toothpaste, but sodium lauryl sulfate is also a strong chemical surfactant that doesn’t belong in our bodies.
Artificial sweeteners. I don’t know about you, but I generally avoid chemical sweeteners like sorbitol and saccharin. Unfortunately, these are commonly used in commercial toothpaste to make them taste sweet.
So, what are some natural toothpaste alternatives?
12 NATURAL TOOTHPASTE ALTERNATIVES
1. Sea Salt
How much more natural can you get than brushing your teeth with salt from the sea?
It’s easy, too: just dab your toothbrush in sea salt and brush away as usual.
Concerned about abrasion?
Me, too. You can also dissolve the salt in water first and then dip your brush in the saltwater before brushing.
2. Baking Soda
This has got to be one of the most popular natural toothpaste alternatives.
Like sea salt, you can just dip your toothbrush in baking soda and brush like normal. Or you can dissolve it in water first and use the brine for brushing (just like the sea salt).
A lot of people use baking soda as a base for homemade tooth powder. You mix it with a few drops of peppermint essential oil and stevia to give your mouth a minty fresh feel.
3. Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide is known for keeping teeth clean and white, and many people use it instead of toothpaste.
Jessica on Facebook suggests, “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 if you have amalgam fillings: peroxide may leach mercury from your fillings.
4. Herbal Tooth Powders
Herbal tooth powders can be used in place of toothpaste.
They do a good job of cleaning, and the herbal ingredients can also help ease inflammation, pain and infection throughout the mouth.