Store-bought toothpaste contains toxic synthetic ingredients, which are used to clean and to add flavor and color. In addition, according to Natural News, almost all commercial toothpastes include fluoride and glycerin, two ingredients which can actually harm teeth. To avoid unwanted ingredients in your toothpaste, try natural toothpaste alternatives, or even recipes to make your own!

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Natural Toothpaste Alternatives

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Sea salt can work as a natural toothpaste alternative. Just put a little sea salt on your toothbrush and brush as you would normally. If you have sensitive gums or are concerned the salt is too rough, dissolve the salt in water and then dip your toothbrush in the saltwater.

Baking Soda

This well-known natural toothpaste alternative has been used for years. You can just dip your toothpaste directly in the baking soda, or you can dissolve it in water first.

Dry or Pure Water Brushing

12 Natural Toothpaste Alternatives” from livingthenourishedlife.com reports that dry brushing or brushing with pure water works just as well as brushing with toothpaste. The only thing missing is the minty fresh feelings we know and love.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has antifungal and antibacterial properties that are great for cleaning your mouth and teeth. It can be used on its own or combined with baking soda and essential oils as a natural toothpaste alternative.

Essential Oils

Since the ingredients listed above as natural toothpaste alternatives don’t provide you with that minty taste normal toothpaste gives you, try peppermint essential oil for a quick way to make your mouth feel and taste fresh and minty.

Natural Toothpaste Recipes

The following recipes are from naturalnews.com:

Herbal Mint Toothpaste

Ingredients

  • ¼ teaspoon peppermint oil
  • ¼ teaspoon spearmint
  • ¼ cup arrowroot
  • ¼ cup powdered orrisroot
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon ground sage

Directions

  1. Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl
  2. Add water until a paste is formed
  3. Store in a covered jar at room temperature

Cinnamon Toothpaste

Ingredients

  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon oil
  • ½ teaspoon oil of cloves
  • ¼ cup arrowroot
  • ¼ cup powdered orrisroot
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon ground sage

Directions

  1. Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl
  2. Add water until a paste is formed
  3. Store in a covered jar at room temperature

 

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Sources:

http://www.livingthenourishedlife.com/2011/05/12-natural-toothpaste-alternatives

http://www.naturalnews.com/028636_toothpaste_cleanser.html#

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