Second Opinion Magazine
Not Sold on Fluoride? Try Some of These Natural Options
► Baking Soda This has got to be one of the most popular natural toothpaste alternatives. Like sea salt, you can just dip your toothbrush in baking soda and brush like normal. Or you can dissolve it in water first and use the brine forbrushing (just like the sea salt). A lot of people use baking soda as a base for homemade tooth powder. You mix it with a few drops of peppermint essential oil and stevia to give your mouth a minty fresh feel.
► Dry Brushing It doesn’t get much more simple than this. Tired of looking for a natural toothpaste alternative? According to some, there’s no need to use anything at all: dry brushing does the job. But while it does seem to work well enough, there’s no minty mouth feel (like we’re all used to, of course) and might feel a little strange.
► Tooth Soap For those who aren’t keen on using actual soap in their mouths, there are quite a lot of brands of specially designed tooth soaps on the market as a natural toothpaste alternative. Just try to find one without additives.
► Coconut Oil Coconut oil is another great natural toothpaste alternative. Its antifungal and antibacterial properties come in handy for mouth cleaning. Coconut oil can be used alone and combined with other ingredients listed here (like baking soda and essential oils).
► Essential Oils These can be bought at a local health food store or from a reputable online store. Use a drop or two of peppermint oil on your dampened toothbrush if you want a quick and easy way to get your mouth feeling clean and minty fresh.
For more information on holistic dentistry, contact Health Centered Dentistry at (715) 426-7777
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