In a time when many pre-packaged foods and products are made with seemingly endless difficult-to-pronouce ingredients, it’s not a surprise that many people are interested in looking for alternatives to commercial toothpaste. If you are wary of traditional toothpaste, there are a few options out there for you. However, be cautious before diving in and trying one of these alternatives for yourself. Keep in mind that to promote optimal oral health, our expert team at Bluedot Dental still recommends brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoridated toothpaste for two minutes each time, in addition to flossing at least once per day, and coming to see us every six months.
- Sea Salt
Sea salt is a natural ingredient that many people used before there was such thing as toothpaste. You don’t need a lot of sea salt to brush your teeth. Just dab your toothbrush in a jar of sea salt, or water it down a bit, and start gently brushing. Consider finishing your oral care off with a warm saltwater rinse for 30 seconds.
- Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is sometimes used as a natural toothpaste substitute because of its antifungal and antibacterial properties, and possible whitening capabilities.
- Baking Soda
Baking soda, or bicarbonate of soda, is becoming a very popular alternative to regular toothpaste. Take a little bit of baking soda and dissolve it in water, then brush your teeth like you normally would. Or, if you don’t mind the consistency of baking soda, dab your toothbrush in it and gently brush your teeth.
- Dental Powder
The origin of dental powder dates back to the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, and Chinese. Most dental powders are made of baking soda, herbs (like cloves, mint, or cinnamon), and an artificial sweetener for taste. To use dental powder, get your toothbrush wet, dip it in, and gently brush your teeth.
Visit Us Biannually!
Although these options are fine natural alternatives to toothpaste, be sure to visit our office every six months for a professional cleaning and checkup to ensure your gums and teeth are healthy and strong. Contact our office to schedule your next appointment.