Making the Holistic Switch to Natural Oral Hygiene
We've got you covered when it comes to what you need to look for when making the switch to natural toothpaste. Okay, you’ve switched - or are in the process of switching - your skincare to a natural alternative, and you’re washing your hair without sulphates and parabens. But what about what you’re putting in your mouth? I don’t just mean food (although obviously I want you to be consuming the most nourishing food possible!) … I’m talking about your oral hygiene. As a routine part of your day, how often do you even think about your toothpaste, and the ingredients it contains? As you can imagine, conventional toothpastes can contain some pretty offensive ingredients. Here are some of the most common to keep an eye out for: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate This ingredient helps the toothpaste to foam, however it has been known to interfere with the proper functioning of taste buds and is linked to a number of health and environmental dangers. Sodium Flouride I know, this one is confusing because we’ve been told for years that fluoride is essential for strong teeth. The idea was that fluoride could help prevent tooth decay by forming a protective layer on the teeth, however a recent study demonstrated that this layer is, in actuality, only six nanometers thick. This means it would take 10,000 layers to equal the thickness of one hair. You’ve got to question what protection such a thin layer can provide, right? In the meantime, according to Mercola there have been over 34 human studies and 100 animal studies linking fluoride to brain damage,including lower IQ in children, and studies have shown that fluoride toxicity can lead to a wide variety of health problems. Diethanolamine (DEA) This is another common ingredient that contributes to toothpaste’s ability to foam, and it is a known hormone disruptor and a potential carcinogen. Propylene glycol A mineral oil that, in the industrial grade form, is also used in antifreeze and airplane de-icers — not exactly the kind of thing you want to be ingesting. Triclosan This is an antibacterial substance, also commonly found in soaps. Findings suggested that long-term exposure could lead to negative health impacts, such as bacterial resistance or effects on hormones.
Why use products containing potentially harmful ingredients? Especially when there are excellent alternatives easily available, effective and only contain natural ingredients.
Now you know the ingredients NOT to have, here are some common ones you'll find in natural alternatives… Activated Charcoal Works on a molecular level to lift stains from your teeth. Unlike bleaches, it won’t damage the soft tissues of gum and tongue. Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda) Effective at fighting plaque build up. Natural Sea Salts Helps balance your mouth’s pH to naturally prevent cavities and is a natural antiseptic. Aloe Vera Has excellent healing properties. Bentonite Clay Contains trace minerals such as magnesium, potassium and calcium, which are essential for good teeth health. Because it is alkaline, it reduces acidity in your mouth caused by everyday foods and drinks and helps to re-mineralize teeth. Peppermint Essential Oil A powerful antioxidant that contains antimicrobial properties to freshen breath. Stevia A natural sweetener. Clove Bud Essential oil Antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal and an amazing antioxidant, the highest antioxidant essential oil. It is approved by the Dental Association for use as a dental anesthetic. It’s great for killing Candida. SOME HANDY TIPS…
- Take care when brushing; if you have issues with your teeth or gums, brush gently. If you are in good health, a more rigorous brushing will stimulate blood flow and re-mineralization. Regardless, a good, soft toothbrush is a must.
- Oil pulling is a good practice to incorporate into your daily routine. In the morning, before you eat or drink anything, take a spoonful of coconut oil or sesame oil and swish it through your mouth and teeth for 15-20 minutes. Keep squeezing it through your teeth with your tongue, swishing it back and forth. This is an ancient Ayurvedic practice (from Hindu traditional medicine) that is catching on in the West with wonderful reports of how it heals and aids teeth and gums.
- We’ve just introduced Got Wood bamboo tooth brushes ($5.70) that are designed to help fight against bacteria, plaque and other germs with their charcoal infused heads.
- And we love The Broad Place Copper Tongue Scraper ($19.00), which removes the mucous and bacteria build up on the tongue, ensuring optimum health. As the copper is run over the tongue collecting toxic debris, the pure antibacterial elements of the copper deliver benefits to the body.
Meeka Organic Activated Charcoal Toothpaste, $22.00 An effective natural alternative that cleans, whitens and re-mineralise teeth, using a combination of virgin coconut oil, calcium carbonate, baking soda and activated coconut charcoal. It effectively combats the bacteria that causes bad breath and cavities. This formula foams beautifully and is mess free and best of all organic. Kat Blak Charcoal Whitening Toothpaste, $24.95 This is an all-natural teeth whitener that uses the power of activated charcoal and bentonite clay to whiten, clean and polish your teeth. Because it works without bleaches, foaming agents or harsh chemicals, you won’t experience sensitivity or enamel of teeth. Their activated charcoal is ultrafine and made from coconut shells with a relative dentin abrasivity (RDA) less than most toothpastes. Warpaint Natural Teeth Whitener, $55.00 (1 tub = 150 uses) It's black, and it's messy, but this grimy little powder will whiten and polish your teeth with activated coconut shell charcoal. It strengthens gums, removes toxins from your mouth, absorbs heavy metals and demineralises with bentonite clay. Plus, the organic sweet orange peel helps remove stubborn coffee stains and peppermint reduces infections and inflammation, while a dash of organic lemon myrtle arms against bacteria and helps to boost the immune system. FUN FACT: While refined sugar will feed the bacteria in your mouth, the greater risk is in fact that your body will draw calcium out of your bones and teeth, in order to stabilize the pH in our blood – a pH the sugar has altered.
We’ve put together a limited edition collection of products to get you started on making the switch to natural oral hygiene…
Meeka Organic Toothpaste + Meeka Organic Oral Swish + Meeka Ayurvedic Oil Pulling + 2x Got Wood Charcoal Bamboo Toothbrushes Total value of $84.40 – special rate of $70.00