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12 Natural, Better Alternatives To Toothpaste

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Feeling good about the toothpaste you’re using? You might want to take a second look. If you take a look at the ingredients list, in all likelihood your toothpaste contains a bunch of highly questionable chemicals. You put these synthetic ingredients into your mouth twice a day without giving it a second, though!

You’re familiar with fluoride, so you probably trust it. After all, for years we’ve been told this is an essential ingredient for preventing cavities and keeping your teeth healthy. But in reality, it isn’t really as effective as you might think. Not to mention that fluoride in large quantities can be toxic. Titanium dioxide and sodium lauryl sulfate are a couple of other common ingredients that have been linked to cancer. The purpose of the latter is to give toothpaste its foamy consistency, which gives the illusion that it’s cleaning your teeth, but it actually serves no purpose.

Glycerin is a component you’ll find in both major brands and smaller companies that produce “natural” kinds of toothpaste. Although the purpose of glycerin is to keep toothpaste from drying out, unfortunately, it can also coat your teeth and inhibit them from remineralizing naturally. Let’s also not forget that toothpastes often contain saccharin, an artificial sweetener that has been linked to a whole array of health problems.

Fortunately, there are plenty of alternatives that you can make on your own. Check these out:

1. Turmeric

You might enjoy this spice as part of traditional Indian cuisine, but it also makes a suitable toothpaste, due to its antiplaque, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties. Mix ¼ teaspoon with mustard oil, and you’ve got yourself a paste! Just make sure to rinse well when you’re finished. You can also make a mouthwash combining turmeric powder with a cup of warm, filtered water. Swish it around for about a minute and spit it out.

2. Activated charcoal

This is one of the easiest methods of all. Activated charcoal is used for a lot of medical purposes, including purging the stomach of poisons due to its absorbancy. When using this to clean your teeth, it removes plaque and other gunk that can stain your teeth. Just moisten your toothbrush, dip it into the charcoal powder, brush, and rinse. Please note that this is not for you if you’ve got caps on your teeth.

3. Coconut oil

This is another simple, natural ingredient that gets the job done. It is very good at killing bacteria and fungi. There are two approaches you can take. You can either swish a tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth for about 10 minutes and then brush with regular water, or you can mix the oil with baking soda to make your own toothpaste.

4. Indian lilac

This is a species of mahogany tree that cleans the bacteria from your teeth and also has antiseptic properties. Take some Indian lilac extract, rub it onto your teeth, wait for a couple of minutes, and then brush it off. Alternatively, you can chew on a twig and then brush with it once it has softened.