The world is definitely waking up to the logical consequences of buying into the mega marketing of brands that just, quite frankly, aren’t that good for us. The truth is that even if some of these products, like toothpaste and mouthwash, aren’t going to kill us all by themselves, they just add to the heap of stuff we put on ourselves and in our bodies that isn’t healthy. So why not make a change in the areas where we can easily do so? Here at Beauty Coach, we’re committed to helping you make choices that will keep you healthy and glowing inside and out.
Your mouth is like a sponge. Think about why we put certain medications under our tongue for faster results. Makes sense, right? The mouth is highly absorbent, so everything you put in there gets a fast pass into your bloodstream…including all the chemicals lurking in standard oral health products.
Most regular toothpastes and mouthwashes contain artificial additives such as (feel free to follow along from the back of your toothpaste tube) a bevy of unnatural colorants, artificial flavors, sodium laurel sulfate (SLS), saccharine, triclosan, propylene glycol and fluoride.
And now in layman’s terms let us break that jargon down for you.
Sodium laurel sulfate is the ingredient they put in everything from toothpaste to shampoos. Its function is to make a pretty, foamy lather… but it’s also a detergent and a skin irritant. Will your shampoo and toothpaste still work just fine without it? Yep.
Saccharine is a sweetener with a bad reputation. It has been shown to cause kidney cancer in lab rats and its use in food products has greatly diminished due to legitimate health concerns. Do you need artificial sweeteners in mouth products. Nope.
Triclosan was banned by the Food and Drug Administration from soaps in 2016. However it is still used to basically nuke the bacteria in your mouth…not all of which are bad. Colgate Total is the only brand still using it. Triclosan has been shown to affect hormone function and upset the delicate balance of bacteria in your mouth. Why the hell is a banned chemical in your toothpaste? Excellent question.
Propylene glycol is a type of mineral oil that is used as a detergent, emulsifier and wetting agent. It’s a known skin, eye and lung irritant. Is it nasty and unnecessary? Yes ma’am.
And now the kingpin…fluoride. Sure it helps strengthen teeth and fight cavities but most places in the US add fluoride to the water supply anyway so the majority of Americans get more than enough fluoride each day. The ugly side of fluoride is that it’s a poison. It can discolor teeth, affect the immune system and, if swallowed in larger doses, can cause gastrointestinal issues like vomiting and diarrhea. Not fun. Of course the amount of fluoride in toothpaste is minimal, but if you brush your teeth just morning and night every day of the year…that’s 730 times a year you are putting a not so healthy substance into your mouth.
So, why not make a change for the better? We do our best to avoid artificial ingredients, additives, preservatives and toxins in our food, and there are plenty of options to do so in our oral care too! Here are some of our favorites.
Desert Essence makes several natural toothpastes using tea tree oil that is a natural antiseptic. Neem, used in some of their products, is a natural antibacterial and anti-fungal agent and also helps prevent plaque formation in the mouth. In India Neem twigs are often chewed as part of a regular oral hygiene routine.
Desert Essence toothpaste contains no fluoride, triclosan, SLS, parabens or sweeteners.The company also makes natural floss and natural mouthwash!
Another brand that gets rave reviews from us (and everyone else) is Uncle Harry’s Natural Products. From helping with tooth sensitivity to aiding in remineralization of enamel, they’ve got you covered…and all without any nasty additives.
And for you DIY darlings, here’s the mouthwash we make at home for fresh breath and a feeling of self made satisfaction:
• A container like a small to medium mason jar
• ½ cup filtered water
• 2 tsp baking soda
• 2 drops organic tea tree essential oil
• 2 drops organic peppermint essential oil.
Mix together and shake it like a polaroid picture before each use.
One more trick up our sleeves for naturally healthy teeth and gums, oil pulling. Easy, breezy, good for you. It’s an ancient Ayurvedic dental technique that draws out toxins, prevents cavities, eliminates bad breath, heals gums, reduces inflammation, treats tooth decay and is an overall immunity booster.
• Put 1-2 teaspoons of oil into your mouth. You can use organic sesame oil or organic coconut oil. We find that coconut is more doable because of taste. Make sure it’s organic, cold pressed and unrefined.
• Swish for 20 minutes. We do it in the morning shower.
• Spit oil into the trash can….not into the sink, shower or toilet as it can solidify and clog the pipes.
• Rinse well with warm water.
• Brush your teeth.
• Feel great.
Cant wait to see that smile.
Beauty Coach Team