Over the past several years, I’ve been on a quest to find healthy alternatives to traditional toothpaste. Traditional tooth cleaning methods do not seem to prevent cavities or gum disease, so I thought there must be a better way. Most of your tooth health is maintained by what you eat (eating a lot of minerals, vitamin C, vitamin D, and vitamin K2), but these external tooth cleansing methods will also prevent plaque buildup inside your mouth, which can also lead to cavities.
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The oil blends are my favorite tooth cleaning method. For this cleaning method, you need a base oil (coconut is my favorite) and a few drops of essential oils. Clove, peppermint, and cinnamon all have bacteria and virus-fighting properties, which are healthy for teeth and gums. While the coconut oil is melted, add a drop or two of the other oils and stir, then allow the mixture to harden again. When you are ready to brush your teeth, you can place the oil mixture directly on your toothbrush.
I use an herbal blend as my toothpaste right now, and even though my husband hates it (your teeth turn black while brushing), it is my favorite. My version contains white oak bark, peppermint oil, aloe vera resin, horsetail, plantain, myrrh gum, clove bud, licorice root, menthol, goldenseal root, lobelia herb, and willow charcoal.
If I were to make this myself, I don’t think I would put all of these ingredients in. I would stick to oak bark, peppermint oil, horsetail, clove bud, goldenseal, and willow charcoal. There are several herbs in the version I have that don’t seem to add a lot, benefits wise.
This is by far my favorite natural toothpaste, as it seems to actually clean my teeth. It is the most effective natural toothpaste I have tried so far. Everything else seemed to leave a lot of plaque residue.
I usually follow this up with a rinse of coconut oil. I don’t usually do the full 20 minutes of oil pulling that some natural health enthusiasts recommend, but I swish it around about as long as normal mouthwash for a minute or so.
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There are several brands of tooth soap on the market. The one I’ve tried is the official “tooth soap” brand, and it contains a blend of essential oils along with olive oil and coconut. It would be easy to make your own version of this for much cheaper. The version I had started to taste rancid after a few months, which made it feel like I was brushing my teeth with burned popcorn, which was unpleasant to say the least. However, if you made this in small batches and used fresh oil, I think it would be fine. I liked how my teeth felt after cleaning.
My husband’s dentist gave him an herbal mouthwash that is quite effective (but you do smell like pizza after using it, unfortunately). After using this blend for a few weeks, my husband was able to avoid the dreaded “gum scraping” that is so painful when you visit the dentist. I’m always a bit skeptical about special rinses and such pushed on you at the dentist (or doctor for that matter), but this version contained several herbs I know have antibacterial/antiviral properties, such as:
- Peppermint oil
- Clove oil
- Thyme oil
- Rosemary oil
- Lemon oil
- Cinnamon oil
- Olive oil
- Goldenseal oil
- Aloe extract
You could make a similar rinse for much less by dropping a couple of drops of essential oil into water and swishing with that daily. Don’t swallow this mixture, spit it out like regular mouthwash.
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Toothpaste is Not the Only Option for Healthy Teeth
I don’t like all the chemicals in traditional toothpaste, so I’ve spent the last several years searching for alternatives. The above methods are all effective at keeping your mouth clean without removing protective enamel from your teeth or causing other problems.