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Oral Hygiene Hacks: Part 1

Oral Hygiene Hacks: Part 1

October is National Dental Hygiene Month, and to celebrate we're sharing our favorite tips for natural oral health. If you're trying to avoid fluoride and other chemicals found in conventional oral care products, read on! This post will cover natural and environmentally-friendly alternatives to brushing and flossing. 

Toothpaste

Looking for a toothpaste that's free of fluoride but still cleans your teeth? Many dentists recommend xylitol to help prevent bacteria that cause tooth decay. We love Spry® Peppermint Xylitol Toothpaste or NOW® Xyliwhite™ Platinum Mint Toothpaste with Baking Soda (available in kid-friendly flavors too!).  For a naturally brighter smile, charcoal toothpaste can help you brush your way to pearly whites by removing stains. If simple is more your style, Redmond Clay Earthpaste® contains only 5 all-natural ingredients for a clean product and smile! 

Toothbrush

Take care of your teeth and the environment, too! It’s a good idea to replace your toothbrush every 1-6 months. But if you’re concerned about contributing to landfills, switch to an eco-friendly brush. Radius® toothbrushes are made with recyclable material, including wood, paper, and even money! Check out their replacement brush heads as well for an even greener option.

Floss

Many conventional dental floss products are coated with less-than-natural ingredients.  Fortunately, Desert Essence® has you covered with all-natural tea tree floss and dental tape (tea tree provides natural bacteria-fighting benefits!). If you're short on time, floss while you brush with one of these flossing toothbrushes!

Mouthwash

Ever wondered why many oral care products have a "warning: do not swallow" label on it? Often they contain strong chemicals that kill germs but are harmful if ingested. Fortunately, there are plenty of natural and effective alternatives! Look for mouthwash made with xylitol, neem or tea tree for bacteria-fighting protection and naturally fresher breath. For a convenient 3-in-1 option, we love Brushing Rinse™. It's made with organic aloe vera and natural essential oils (yes, you can rinse, gargle and brush with it!).

Stay tuned for part two of our dental hygiene series to learn about oil pulling and natural teeth whitening!

* Content contained in this article is not intended to provide or constitute medical or healthcare advice. Nor can it be relied upon as preventative care, cure, or treatment for any disease or medical condition. You should consult a qualified healthcare professional for advice regarding the diagnosis and treatment of any medical condition and before starting any supplementation, nutritional, exercise, or other medical programs.


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