Your mouth is the most important part of your body to maintain in a healthy and happy state, as it will dictate the health of the rest of your body
We all know about toothbrushing, flossing, and mouthashing, but few of us have heard of the importance of tongue scraping and the benefits of oil pulling. I'll save the details for the links in the previous sentence, and use this space to instead divulge my favorite recipes and products.
One of our most controversial self-care products, this is a tricky one to get right. The plastic (permanent) waste that toothbrushes create is a major problem for the environment. From everything I've seen you're stuck with either the 100% biodegradable option or the 100% plant-based option. Only pig-hair bristles are truly biodegradable, but they come from China's meat industry. If supporting this is something you'd rather avoid, Brush with Bamboo seems to be the most ecologically-sound option available. Everything about this brush and packaging is plant-based. The bristles are not compostable, but they are working to improve this with their suppliers. Or, you could try a traditional neem chew stick. Some really swear by it.
Forget that Dirt stuff that's been circling the Facebook ads. I've tried it and immediately regretted the decision. Not only does it make you look like a neanderthal while you're using it, grinning with brown teeth back at yourself, but it's messy and very difficult to use. It's gritty and it scratched my teeth. Your toothbrush bristles are enough of an exfoliant, you don't need to make your toothpaste into sandpaper to get the job done. If you want something that feels and tastes like heaven and leaves your mouth feeling amazing, use this instead:
Remineralizing Toothpaste Ingredients
The only con to this recipe is that it leaves your hands and toothbrush a bit oily, and it will be rock solid in cold temperatures. Still worth it to me, considering the incredible result and that you can just wash your hands with soap, especially when I imagine all of the packaging waste I'm saving!
BEST STORE BOUGHT
I have tried all the toothpastes, and none do the trick as well as Jason. My favorite is the Vanilla Powermint. The cheapest you'll ever see it is on Luckyvitamin.com. I still prefer the homemade one to this one!
I used to try to get by with just essential oils and water, but I didn't trust that they were getting the job done. While you can get the original natural Listerine (which is just water, alcohol, and essential oils), I prefer Doctor Tichenor's concentrate instead to use less plastic. You can conveniently get it at the drug store. It says to dilute it with just water, but you know I'm going to add some drops of essential oils - clove, melaleuca (tea trea), and OnGuard. Clove oil is particularly good for gum and oral health!
4. PULLING OIL
You can use plain (virgin coldpressed) coconut oil or sesame oil. I always prefer to add a drop of essential oil to mine, usually peppermint or clove, for added antibacterial support.
5. TONGUE SCRAPER
6. DENTAL FLOSS
I'll always vouch for homemade because it's cutting down on so much waste created by plastic, transportation, printing and packaging, etc.
best store bought
I have tried many natural home brands, and Seventh Generation always takes the cake for their detergents. This is my favorite. It's about 33 cents per load.