This year, I am slowly transitioning to a more sustainable mouth care regime! First however, I am using up what I have already until it is all gone and I will replace those items with more sustainable options or DIY solutions! I made the switch to bamboo toothbrushes over a year ago, as well as a more natural toothpaste. I also incorporate other steps into my routine – read on to learn more!
- bamboo is easily sustainably harvested
- bamboo is naturally antimicrobial
- bamboo handles are completely biodegradable & you can recycle the bristles (you can compost the handle & it will decompose naturally)
- bamboo grows quickly & is easy to renew
- there is no recycling program for plastic toothbrushes
- Plastic products end up devastating the environment, human & animal health (as seen here)
- there are so many DIY toothpaste recipes on Pinterest
- for example: 1/2 cup coconut oil, 3 tbsp baking soda, 1 tbsp xylitol, 10 drops of food grade essential oil (usually peppermint, orange, etc).
- regular toothpaste is usually full of harmful ingredients
- natural toothpastes have natural sweeteners, while regular toothpastes have artificial sweeteners
- natural toothpaste does not contain fluoride
- regular toothpaste is tested on animals, natural toothpaste is not
- natural toothpaste can clean your teeth just as well as regular toothpaste
- the brand I have pictured is Nelson Naturals, a product that is made in Canada, not tested on animals and is in a glass jar with tin lid (purchased at Dad’s Organic Market)
Activated charcoal is usually found in natural mouth care products for numerous reasons:
- activated charcoal whitens teeth naturally by removing stains
- activated charcoal changes pH balance in the mouth & results in better oral health
- activated charcoal helps to prevent cavities, gum disease and bad breath
- however, activated charcoal is MESSY – usually requires clean up after use or some will only brush with activated charcoal in the shower
There are multiple companies now that provide kits that include products with activated charcoal that is safe to use. This provides a natural and healthy way to remove stains from your teeth – no harmful chemicals! I dip a wet toothbrush into the charcoal powder and brush for my teeth for 3 minutes – I am sure to be gentle & not scrub my teeth. I spit out the charcoal, which always requires cleanup afterward, then finish with brushing my teeth with the activated charcoal toothpaste for 3 minutes. My teeth feel so clean afterward! After oil pulling in the mornings and using these products at night, my teeth definitely are whiter after only 2 weeks!
- use 1-2tbs of organic extra virgin coconut oil in the morning and swish it around for 20 minutes (I do this while in the shower or while doing my makeup)
- Make sure not to swallow the oil, also make sure to spit the oil out in the garbage afterward as coconut oil will clog drains
- oil pulling removes bad bacteria, prevents plaque, gum disease, cavities & gingivitis
- oil pulling whitens teeth naturally and detoxifies your mouth
- oil pulling is actually a holistic treatment for TMJ
- follow by brushing your teeth with a natural toothpaste & you can follow up with a warm salt water rinse
- this clay is able to absorb toxins & is full of strengthening minerals
- bentonite clay neutralizes bad bacteria
- is usually found in natural DIY solutions, such as tooth powder (a great recipe can be found here)
- it is important not to use metal around bentonite clay – use a wooden spoon instead
Zero-Waste Dental Floss:
- regular dental floss is made from nylon and is in a plastic container (nylon and plastic are derived from crude oil)
- nylon dental floss is tear-proof so animals get stuck and killed by dental floss regularly
- an alternative is silk floss with beeswax or candellila wax (one example is Dental Lace) OR a water pik.
I hope this inspires you to make more sustainable choices when it comes to your mouth care routine!