Is the way you clean your mouth totally toxic? Read this!
This post comes to you from our friend and beauty contributor, Kari Molvar.
The wellness boom has made it easier to go natural in so, so many ways (from how you care for your hair, skin, eyes, nails…) But your teeth have generally not been part of the conversation—until now. Thanks to a steadily increasingly number of thoughtfully crafted, botanical-based oral care brands hitting the market now, it’s possible to avoid questionable ingredients and toxins as you floss, brush and swish. Like all cleaner alternatives, though, the question is always the same: do they perform as well as their more chemical-laden counterparts? Because brushing up with plant formulas and going fluoride-free shouldn’t mean you have to suffer with dull, dingy teeth.
Here’s your guide to five ultra-effective, ultra-safe essentials that will transform your twice-a-day routine…
Switch Your Toothbrush:
Besides looking super cool next to your sink, Binchotan’s toothbrushes really deliver a deep clean: the bristles are infused with activated charcoal—a natural purifying and detoxifying ingredient that removes plaque, deodorizes your mouth and prevents bacteria (even between brushings).
Go for a Non-Toxic Toothpaste:
It’s pretty scary that putting fluoride in toothpaste requires a warning label about not ingesting too much (yikes!). If you’d rather do without, Davids toothpaste is a fluoride-free option made with natural, sustainable ingredients (like calcium carbonate, baking soda, peppermint oil) that founder Eric David Buss found through “exhaustive research” with industry experts that will safely remove plaque, whiten your teeth, and freshen your breath. Yes, please!
Whiten Without the Chemicals:
Oil pulling has used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine to detoxify the mouth and body. What exactly is it? It works like mouthwash—you swish a mixture of oils that “pull” dirt and bacteria off your teeth. Keeko’s blends are made with coconut and lemon to naturally brighten your teeth, chamomile to speed healing, and myrrh to strengthen your gums. Do it once a day for five minutes for two weeks and say hello to pearlier whites.
Make Flossing Fun (and Good for You):
Cocofloss is made with plant-based ingredients, like fruit oils and coconut, and has a totally different texture than regular floss—it gently scrubs your enamel like a loofah to make it super clean and remove plaque. One container lasts for two months, and it’s vegan (no beeswax!).
Last step? Soften your lips!
Straight from Australia, Pure Paw Paw is loaded with ultra-healing papaya extract to leave your lips super hydrated and kissable. Plus, the tubes are so cute and come in four fruity flavors.
+ Have holistic oral tricks of your own? Let us know below…