In a world full of fluoride-filled, toxic toothpaste, you would think that choosing a “natural” toothpaste would be better for you and your mouth.
You would think that, but just because there aren’t any toxic chemicals listed on the label, does not mean the toothpaste is effective or good for your teeth.
THE PROBLEM WITH NATURAL TOOTHPASTE
Dental care can be confusing but it doesn't have to be. As a mom and a nurse, I know how important it is to maintain good oral health.
I also understand how confusing it can be to stand in the dental health aisle of a store and try to choose dental products based on their flashy marketing claims.
It gets even more confusing when you know to avoid what I call “toxipaste” - dental products with fluoride and toxic chemicals - and start looking for “natural” toothpaste.
Natural ingredients are extremely important - I get it! However, there's more to dental care than just being natural. To truly be effective, dental products MUST provide three essential things. Miss any one of these, and the product will not be able to prevent and heal cavities and gum disease.
Most dental products on the market do not offer all three components to maintain good dental health. And worse yet, they contain ingredients that cause poor dental health.
This is in part due to the fact that many dental products over clean the mouth, leaving your mouth sterile and susceptible to cavities, bacteria and gum disease. The ramifications of all three of those go much deeper than just inside your mouth. Dental health is connected to overall health and it greatly impacts how you look, how you feel and your future health.
Today, I want to teach you what to look for in your dental products to make sure you are getting the maximum benefit. Ace your dental checkups, and your overall health will excel.
First and foremost, if you are confused, you’re not alone! Among adults aged 20 and older, about 90% have had at least one cavity.
This is due, largely in part to the false information perpetrated by the $18.5 billion dollar toothpaste industry, and the public’s lack of understanding of what truly creates good dental health.
I get it! As a child I was always having my teeth drilled and filled, and I didn't want that for my kids. Today, I'm happy to report that after doing my research and formulating products based on my knowledge of how to prevent cavities and gum disease and how to reverse mineral loss, my three children have zero cavities between them!
THE THREE ESSENTIALS OF GOOD ORAL HEALTH
If you want your family to excel in dental health, these are the three essentials you need to look for in your oral care products.
1 - Your oral products must be alkaline.
Acid buildup is the cause of cavities and gum disease. If you don't neutralize the acids inside your mouth, you will contribute to long term gum disease and enamel breakdown which will result in cavities.
Most products on the market - including natural products - are not alkaline and actually promote more acid inside the mouth, which leads to cavities and gum disease.
How do you know if your product is alkaline? The signature ingredient to look for is baking soda. Baking soda helps reverse and neutralize acids inside the mouth. This is important for the next oral care must-have to be able to work.
2 - Your Oral Products Must Have Minerals.
Your oral products must have minerals in it. Minerals are what help to remineralize your tooth enamel and prevent cavities.
Minerals can be in the form of calcium and phosphate as well as other minerals, including manganese, magnesium, and silica.
One of our favorite ways to remineralize teeth is with Bentonite Clay, White Clay, and French Green Clay. The great thing about clay is that it includes not just calcium and phosphate, but it also includes all the other minerals that are found in the enamel.
Hydroxyapatite (HA) is a form of calcium apatite, also known as calcium phosphate, and is a naturally occurring mineral that makes up our bones and teeth. It makes up over 90% of the foundation of your tooth's enamel and 60% of your bones.
When clay and hydroxyapatite are blended with baking soda, you will have an alkaline paste or powder with the minerals present which will then mean that your teeth will become cleaner and stronger because the minerals will be able to re-enter the enamel and fill in the pits of the teeth.
An important note, and one of the things you need to be mindful of when shopping for natural toothpaste, is that hydroxyapatite must be in nano form.
The size of hydroxyapatite particles matters. Nano-hydroxyapatite particles are between 20-80 nanometers, and research shows that this tiny particle size is most effective in remineralizing your teeth.
Unfortunately, many natural toothpastes do not use the nano-version. And this causes the hydroxyapatite to be rinsed away and is ineffective at remineralizing your teeth.
3 - Your Oral Products Must Detoxify the Tissues of the Mouth as well as the Teeth.
The mouth is exposed to numerous toxins throughout the day, including heavy metals and pollutants. These toxins become absorbed into the gum tissue and enamel, and if they are not removed, they can then be absorbed into the body.
The best way to remove these toxins is with clay - which is why a clay based toothpowder or toothpaste is a must! Clay will bind to toxins and remove them from all of the oral tissues - including the gums, tongue, teeth, palate, and the soft tissue in the mouth. This will help reduce the toxic load inside the body.
IS YOUR NATURAL TOOTHPASTE EFFECTIVE?
As you can see, buying natural toothpaste is not as easy as just looking for natural ingredients. In order to be effective, a natural toothpaste MUST include all three essentials for good oral health.
Unfortunately, most natural dental products omit one or two of the three essentials - they won’t be alkaline - which will prohibit remineralization of your tooth enamel. Or they don’t have the right ingredients to detoxify the mouth.
An effective natural toothpaste contains baking soda so it is alkaline, contains minerals in the right size and form, and contains clay to detoxify the tissues of the mouth.
If you are looking for a natural toothpaste, I challenge you to read the label first. If it doesn't contain baking soda or doesn't contain clay, you can be fairly confident that it will not promote long-term health of your mouth.
A final note: do not use mouthwash or you will reverse and negate any good that a good dental product will do. Most mouthwash on the market contains alcohol, peroxide, and other harsh ingredients that will destroy all of the good bacteria inside the mouth along with the bad, leaving you susceptible to more acid buildup and harmful bacteria.
Instead, opt for an oil based serum with essential oils that will help freshen the breath by supporting a good microbiome inside the mouth and help increase blood flow and reduce inflammation of the gum tissues.
A NATURAL TOOTHPOWDER YOU CAN TRUST
I developed my Dirty Mouth Toothpowder, Toothpaste, and Gum drops to help people improve their oral health by reducing harmful bacteria, supporting healthy bacteria, alkalizing the mouth, remineralizing the teeth and detoxifying the tissues.
If you want to improve your oral health and eliminate cavities and gum disease, I suggest starting with my Dental Detox Kit.
It's a 60 day supply of all of the little tools that you need to optimize your oral health.
Get ready for the best oral health of your life that will even wow your dentist!