Toothpastes are used by most people when brushing their teeth to help them achieve a healthier gums, teeth and mouth. Although statistics show that more people are suffering from problems in oral health despite their constant usage of these products. This is due to the ingredients included with them that are questionable like fluoride, titanium dioxide, glycerin, sodium lauryl sulfate and even artificial sweeteners.
That is why others are seeking for products containing ingredients with higher quality or just another option to use when brushing. Luckily, there are plenty of natural toothpaste alternatives available for you to choose if you do not want to continue using conventional ones. They could still provide you with the same results intended by toothpastes without the possible side effects.
The most popular alternative to pair with your toothbrush is baking soda as even some commercial products even used them as ingredient. A study even found out that this is effective in removing plaque and cleaning teeth in fighting off tooth decay. Dip your brush in it or dissolve it in water first and use its brine.
Sea salt is another one which is rich in various essential minerals claimed by some people to help in whitening their teeth. To prevent the risk of abrasion from using it straight, dilute it first in water before dipping your brush on it. Although dabbing them directly is still possible but remember of the risk that comes with it.
Another is peroxide which is a solution that could be used to cleanse your mouth effectively because it has the power to kill bacteria. But be very careful when using this alternative by making sure to dilute it first with water to prevent brushing with its full strength. If you ever fail to do so and use it without diluting it, there is a possibility of your gums to get burned.
A sugar alcohol that occurs naturally called xylitol is among the possible alternatives which is found in vegetables and fruits. This has been used by some food products as sugar substitute and some research even show it might prevent tooth decay though further evidence is warranted. You could get this as lozenges, a gum or take it simply in sugar form to swish around your mouth before brushing.
Sunflower, sesame or coconut oil used for oil pulling which is a technique involving a tablespoon of it to swish around your mouth for twenty minutes in a day. Research has found out that it could help in reducing plaque and fighting gingivitis. Do not use this though as a substitute completely and at least scrub your teeth using a toothbrush dipped on water.
Lemon, rosemary, cinnamon, eucalyptus and peppermint essential oils posses some great antibacterial properties making them as great cleansers. Remember to follow safety precautions outlined for their use. This could be done by using a drop or two in the water from an essential oil.
There are some people though that are dry brushing which means they do not put anything on their brushes. Others though use pure water only without any mixture. Remember to not swallow it just like the conventional products and spit it after.