With the increasing amount of chemicals in our everyday products, now it is high time to look for natural alternatives. Even the tag “herbal” or “organic” doesn’t guarantee a natural product. Even our toothpastes have so many harmful chemicals in them which actually make the condition of our teeth worse. Let’s find out some natural toothpaste alternatives that work just as well or even better!
1. Sea salt
Direct sea salt in your mouth could be a bit abrasive for your mouth. You can mix sea salt with water to make a solution. Just dab your toothbrush in sea salt and brush away as usual. Sea salt helps to kill bacteria in the mouth and it also contains minerals that can help to strengthen your teeth.
2. Baking soda
This is one of the most popular toothpaste alternatives. Make a solution of baking soda and water, dip your brush in the solution and use this to brush your teeth. Baking soda will cleanse your whole mouth area really well and will also give you a sparkly white smile.
3. Dry brushing
Dry brushing is slightly abrasive, so it removes the food particles and plaque from your teeth more effectively. But it won’t give you that minty breath that commercial toothpastes do. You can follow it up with a homemade tooth rinse to make your breath fresh. Instead of dry brushing, you can also use plain water and toothpaste to clean your teeth.
You can also use food grade hydrogen peroxide with a concentration of 3 percent or less to brush your teeth. Just dip your toothbrush in hydrogen peroxide and then into the salt, or the baking soda and brush as usual. It is recommended that people with fillings in their mouth should avoid hydrogen peroxide.
5. Oil pulling
Oil pulling is an Ayurvedic method used for treating bad breath and preventing tooth decay. It kills bacteria in the mouth, strengthen the teeth and help to stop the formation of cavities. Take 1 tbsp of coconut oil and swish it around your mouth for a few minutes and rinse with water.
Just pour a drop or two of peppermint essential oil on your damp toothbrush and use it to effectively brush your teeth. It will keep your mouth smelling minty fresh all day long.
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