It can be hard to completely overhaul your daily routine to strictly toxin-free products all in one go, so why not start with your dental routine? If toxins in skin care and beauty products make you nervous, it makes sense to change your dental products as well, especially because we often ingest our toothpaste by accident (and kids even moreso). Oral hygiene products need replacing every couple of months anyway, so it's actually quite easy to replace your current dental routine with natural alternatives and phase out the bad stuff for good.
The importance of oral health
There's so much more to oral hygiene than just removing that yucky fuzzy feeling from your teeth. Thoroughly cleaning your teeth at least twice a day removes any bacteria and plaque that has built up in your mouth, which is essential in helping to avoid tooth decay, cavities, stains and bad breath. Good oral hygiene can help maintain healthy teeth and gums.
What is a good oral health routine?
Just brushing your teeth doesn't quite cut it when it comes to establishing a great dental hygiene routine. To thoroughly clean your mouth, you need to brush your teeth to remove surface build up and floss to remove any bacteria that has built up between your teeth that your toothbrush can't reach.1 Using a mouthwash also helps to kill any germs that may be sitting on your gums or tongue. A tongue cleaner is great for removing that extra bacteria - particularly the kind that builds up overnight. If you want to step up your dental game, I'd also recommend a great natural teeth whitener and oral spray to get your teeth really sparkling and your breath smelling fresh.
Natural dental products
Natural toothbrushes and toothpaste
Life Basics Bamboo & Charcoal Toothbrush
As toothbrushes need replacing start by swapping out your regular toothbrush for a Life Basics Bamboo & Charcoal Toothbrush. Not only are these toothbrushes made of environmentally sustainable bamboo, the bristles are infused with Activated Binchotan Charcoal which is a natural teeth whitener known for its antibacterical properties!
Grants Mild Mint with Aloe Vera Toothpaste
Team your new toothbrush with a natural toothpaste, like the Grants Mild Mint with Aloe Vera Toothpaste. This vegan, gluten-free paste is ideal for transitioning the whole family from mainstream toothpastes as it tastes just like normal minty pastes, thanks to Mint Oil and Stevia. With soothing Aloe Vera, this natural toothpaste cleans teeth and promotes healthy gums, and is ideal for those with sensitive gums or mouth ulcers. You can read more about Grants Natural toothpaste range here.
Noosa Basics Dental Floss with Activated Charcoal
As tedious as it may be, flossing is essential to healthy teeth and gums. I love the Noosa Basics Dental Floss with Activated Charcoal it comes in a biodegradable box, made from Bamboo Charcoal filament coated with plant based wax and Coconut Oil, and infused with Myrrh, Clove, Manuka and Peppermint extracts. Known for its absorbent properties, Activated Charcoal helps to remove plaque from between the teeth. Available in Mint and Cinnamon flavours.
Dr Brite Cleansing Mouth Rinse Mint
A great alternative to mainstream mouthwashes, the Dr Brite Cleansing Mouth Rinse Mint freshens breath, helps brightens teeth, reduces plaque and detoxes your mouth. With revitalising Spearmint, antibacterial Coconut Oil and soothing Aloe Vera, this refreshing, minty mouthwash also contains Binchotan Charcoal to absorb impurities and reduce inflammation. Vegan and gluten-free, this cleansing mouth rinse supports your usual tooth brushing routine, helping to remove plaque that your toothbrush can't quite get to.
Natural teeth whitening
Dr Brite Teeth Whitening Tray w/ LED - Mint
A natural alternative to mainstream teeth whitening packs, the Dr Brite Teeth Whitening Tray w/ LED - Mint was formulated by the Dr Brite founders (a doctor and a surgeon) to efficiently and effectively whiten teeth without causing sensitivity and without the inclusion of harsh ingredients. This kit contains an LED light and silicone tray, pre-filled with an enamel-safe, expertly developed whitening serum to assist in visibly whitening the bottom and top teeth in as little as one 15 minute session. The unique whitening serum helps to tackle deep stains and whiten teeth with the inclusion of food-grade Hydrogen Peroxide. Chamomile and Coconut Oil provide a soothing and calming feeling while the added Vitamin C acts to brighten the teeth. The Dual LED light comes with both a blue and red light - red to soothe the mouth and blue to activate the whitening serum for quick results. Use the whitening booster pen to help retain outcomes.
Pollen Botanicals Zoom Teeth Whitener
Another favourite of mine is the Pollen Botanicals Zoom Teeth Whitener, which is a paste formula packed with Activated Charcoal and Australian Bentonite Clay to help naturally whiten teeth. Food grade and Australian Made, this natural, gently paste also contains Coconut Oil and Lemon and Peppermint Essential Oils to help remove plaque and brighten teeth, helping to polish the teeth without causing sensitivity or damaging enamel.
Natural tongue cleaning
Dr Tungs Tongue Cleaner
Oral health doesn't end with teeth cleaning and whitening - there's a few more steps you can take to make sure your dental hygiene routine is as thorough as possible. I've been using the Dr Tung's Tongue Cleaner for years now and although it takes a bit of getting used to, my routine wouldn't be the same without it. A lot of the bacteria found in our mouth can be found on the surface of our tongues, and toothbrushes just aren't designed to remove this bacteria alone. This u-shaped tongue cleaner gently scrapes off bacteria and soft plaque.
Dr Brite Soothe and Restore Oral Spray
Formulated to provide soothing relief from mild oral discomfort, the Dr Brite Soothe and Restore Oral Spray also helps to kill bacteria and freshen breath, and is ideal to keep in your handbag when you're on the go. Containing antibacterial Tea Tree Oil, anti-inflammatory Aloe Vera, calming Clove Oil and refreshing Peppermint Oil, this alcohol-free, vegan and gluten-free mouth spray supports the mouth's natural healing process and can be used up to four times per day.
Natural kids toothpaste
Grants Blueberry Burst Kids Natural Toothpaste
With a delicious blueberry taste, the Grants Blueberry Burst Toothpaste is so yummy that your kids will actually look forward to cleaning their teeth! With calcium and phosphate salts to help maintain oral health, this vegan, gluten-free and fluoride-free formula also contains xylitol to assist in slowing the growth of cavity-causing bacteria. Suitable for kids 2 years and over, this Australian Made toothpaste is ideal for fussy kids who can't stand minty toothpastes. You can read more about this Australian made natural kids toothpaste here.
Jack n' Jill DINO Toothbrush
If you're looking to overhaul the kids' plastic toothbrushes too, you can't go past the ultra-cute Jack n' Jill Dino Toothbrush which is super soft on little gums and has an ergonomic handle. Easy and fun for kids to use with a fun dinosaur design, this BPA and PVC-free, biodegradable toothbrush is made from 100% corn starch and soft nylon bristles.