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Oral Care 6 natural alternatives to toothpaste

Coconut oil has both antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, so it will help to keep bacteria in the mouth under control.

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More and more people are ditching commercial toothpaste for natural ingredients for proper oral and dental care.

Some toothpaste contains dangerous ingredients like triclosan, sodium laureth sulfate, glycerin or any artificial sweeteners (including aspartame, sorbitol, and saccharin) which can cause more harm than good in the long term.

Fluoride may not be as good at preventing cavities, as it was first thought and it can be toxic to human beings. You can save money and promote your oral care by using natural alternatives.

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  • Coconut oil

Coconut oil is a great substitute for your favorite toothpaste because it contains antibacterial that fights plaque. It doesn’t contain any chemicals.

Regular contains chemicals cause the toothpaste to foam, but they also disrupt the regular functioning of the taste buds. You can either use it alone or mixed with baking soda, or sea salt.

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  • Hydrogen peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide can work wonders for oral and dental hygiene. It is a common ingredient in teeth whitening toothpaste and it can be used at home for the same purpose.

You can use it in conjunction with other ingredients, like sea salt and baking soda, and then you will get the whitening effect of the hydrogen peroxide and the antibacterial effect of the other ingredients.

Just dip your toothbrush in some food grade hydrogen peroxide and then into the salt or the baking soda. But avoid using hydrogen peroxide every day.

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  • Natural soap

If you have run of out of toothpaste, you can try natural, unscented soap to prevent tooth decay. It’s chemical free, affordable and cleans your teeth well.

  • Baking soda

Baking soda is another great natural ingredient you can use to clean your teeth.

Some commercial toothpaste contains baking soda and it works extremely well. You can use it by either dipping your toothbrush straight into some baking soda, or you can make a solution of baking soda and water and use it that way.

  • Charcoal

Dip a clean, wet toothbrush into the powdered charcoal (or dump a capsule of charcoal on the toothbrush). Lean over the container of charcoal and quickly put the charcoal covered toothbrush in the mouth (this is to protect your sink). Brush in small, gentle circles for 2 minutes, spit carefully and rinse really well.

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