Oral hygiene is extremely important linked to an increased risk of heart disease and diabetes and has evolved throughout the years with more research uncovered and yet, there is still not a #1 recommended oral care method in natural medicine.
Sure there are in conventional dental methods as an advertising gimmick, but what truly is the best and safest natural toothpaste?
The reason is people have preferences and everyone is different. Some people like water with ice, others like water with lemon, and the super picky like myself like water at room temperature fresh from the spring or from the best filters out there adding essential minerals.
Some people have softer teeth, some people have hard teeth, and some people have every oral problem under the sun from genetics.
Some people have to be picky and choosy with their dental products based off genetics or they just have their preferences.
I feel pickiness is a good thing. It has led me on a path to searching for the healthiest, safest and happiest way to live. Being picky has become a way to evolve and only the healthiest will survive. Picky mother nature only picks the healthiest, strongest, and most intelligent traits in a species to keep thriving.
This picky mindset carries into a growing concern for many health issues including nutrition and health. My concerns today have me searching for the best and safest natural oral hygiene products.
While I couldn’t find a natural toothpaste with absolutely no health hazards due to the need for preservatives or texture preferences, I also have some simple DIY home remedies I will recommend that are 100% safe that I will share towards the end of this article.
Transitioning to all natural is a challenge for most American’s but the more chemicals we can cut out of our lives, the better. Removing just one chemical from your oral care might just add some years to your life and save on medical bills later on.
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The 3 Best and Safest Natural Toothpaste Organic Vegan Varieties
I’m so picky, I could only recommend 3 varieties to share with you today. These 3 natural toothpaste recommendations include some organic ingredients, supports a vegan mindset (you don’t have to be full vegan to enjoy the benefits of vegan products), and have the least amount of dangerous chemicals bringing you a step closer to a complete toxin and chemical free natural lifestyle hopefully leading you to eventually make your own 100% chemical free DIY oral care products.
Note: These recommendations are for adults only, children may be more sensitive to the ingredients and are more susceptible to swallowing which is not recommended for any of these products. Do consult your dentist prior to changing your dental care plan if you have a known history of health and dental concerns.
This natural toothpaste comes from India, the home of Ayurvedic medicine. It is fluoride free, SLS free, gluten free, and saccharin free and includes many organic fruit and leaf extracts for natural oral care. Neem is known for its miraculous medicinal properties offering many benefits when used in toothpaste offering a natural treatment for mouth ulcers, tooth decay, and pain reliever for toothaches while cleaning the mouth with antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. Pomegranates work wonders against dental plaque along with similar medicinal properties neem possesses. This might be hard to find so you will want to order more than one tube to last from Himalaya Herbal Healthcare.
A natural toothpaste coming straight from Utah’s Redmond clay. Only 5 ingredients with a few flavors to try and recommend trying them all with their own individual oral health uses. It is glycerin free, fluoride free, SLS free, coloring free, non-GMO, vegan, and gluten-free. This is a great product to get even closer to your natural side and if you prefer Made in America products from Redmond Earthpaste. The clay contains ash from ancient volcanoes which have been used in many ancient medical oral care recommendations.
This is the only natural toothpaste stating “safe for kids” and “mom approved”. This is the stuff that turns your teeth black when brushing you might have seen videos showing how it works. It is vegan, fluoride free, SLS free, gluten free, peroxide free, triclosan-free and no parabens. Also made in America and claims to be the BEST. You can see their video on their Amazon page if you have not stumbled across it yet. Black toothpaste does get attention.
Natural Toothpaste Ingredients to Avoid
While some of these ingredients are included in our 3 best and safest natural varieties (sounding quite hypocritical), the only way to avoid these ingredients is to do-it-yourself (DIY) homemade mixtures. Remember, natural dental products are a stepping stone to slowly eliminate toxins and chemicals from your life. Here are the ingredients you will want to eventually eliminate as you transition into making your own using 100% safe ingredients at home.
- Carrageenan, a common additive to preserve and thicken oral care products that come from natural seaweed but has some serious health side effects worth checking out.
- Earth material such as charcoal, clay, or ash can contain levels of heavy metals naturally found in the ground and in the oceans much like fish containing some levels of mercury. Some levels are ok but long-term use is not recommended.
- Essential oils are only recommended to be used sparingly especially ones with high potency like Tea Tree oil. The high concentration of any essential oils makes them very effective anti-bacterial agents. This is not good for your mouth or your gut flora which are natural “good” bacteria your body needs. Common mouthwash has a similar effect working quite well to freshen breath and kill all bacteria but you may find needing it more often and still having oral or other health issues that may arise. Essential oils in natural toothpaste are also not recommended around young children who could swallow the paste. Read our essential oils warning to learn more about the hidden dangers of oils.
- Glycerin has not been found to be non-toxic but rather counterproductive. It leaves a coating on the teeth that can be challenging to remove causing tooth decay due to the absence of demineralizing and remineralizing which is the exchange of essential minerals for bone health.
- Soy Lethicin is used as an emulsifying substance keeping other ingredients from separating and as a preservative. While it may be considered a natural ingredient from soybeans, the process of its collection is quite disturbing as well as most soybeans in America are Genetically modified and not grown organically concentrating herbicides and pesticides in the area soy lethicin is collected.
- Note: Do not confuse fluoride free for natural. Fluoride-free kinds still contain many harmful chemicals such as artificial sweeteners, artificial colors, triclosan, glycol, etc…
DIY natural remedy options for oral care and homemade toothpaste recipes
The ultimate 100% natural toothpaste options can only be achieved with DIY homemade recipes with all organic ingredients made fresh every morning. This is the final step to achieving an all-natural lifestyle concerning your oral care. Most changes to an all-natural lifestyle are in a 3 step process.
The 3 steps you should take to achieve an all-natural oral care regimen are:
- Step 1: Brushing with conventional toothpaste, flossing, and using mouthwash combined are loading with many harmful toxins and chemicals.
- Step 2: Brushing with one of our natural toothpaste varieties to limit toxin and chemical exposure, try new natural flavors and textures, and may be considering alternatives to flossing and a toothbrush more conducive to proper oral care with an eco-friendly mindset.
- Step 3: Using ayurvedic methods of oral care or preventative advice obtained from around the world, using minimal organic ingredients and new methods of brushing, and becoming more aware of daily diet affecting oral health leading to more changes surrounding natural living connecting to a New Health Cycle.
Now that you made it to the final step of natural oral care or learning about the steps…
Here are 6 natural oral remedies and toothpaste recipes discovered from around the world
These natural DIY homemade toothpaste and natural oral care remedies are proven to help prevent and treat common dental problems including gingivitis, periodontitis, tooth decay, cavities, halitosis (bad breath), and keep teeth and gums strong while offering tooth whitening power.
The home remedy recipes below for oral care come from all over the world influenced by ancient medicine proved to still work today. The recipes are surprisingly SIMPLE and work best with more plant-based diets and frequent use daily. These remedies only work their best if you’re on your final step to living a natural lifestyle. This means if you’re eating lots of refined surgery foods, smoking, drinking alcohol, etc., you might still see some unpleasant results with your oral care.
If you are doing those things, these natural oral care regimens will still benefit you and worth finding which one works best for you and you will know your options when you are ready to start getting serious about natural oral care.
Egypt: rock salt, iris flower, pepper, mint leaves
Dentists have confirmed the dried iris petals are effective in gum disease. I would personally grow the iris flower and mint myself organically when trying out this recipe.
Tibet: Kosher Salt & boiled Water (filtered or spring).
Himalayas: oil pulling and tongue scraping
An Ayurvedic practice growing in popularity to remove toxins and support multiple health systems in the body. I recommend sesame oil and this copper Ayurvedic tongue scraper and follow these instructions that also has great information about the whole process.
Greece: Mastic Gum
Decrease microbial plaque, decrease dry mouth and strengthens the jaw. Learn more about mastic facts here.
Middle East: Miswak – the toothbrush tree
“A large number of studies have proved that miswak is as effective as, or even superior to the present day′s most common oral hygiene aid, i.e., toothbrush” – NCBI
Mediterranean: Turmeric with ½ tsp of salt and ½ tsp of mustard oil
“Turmeric has proven properties like anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antimicrobial, hepatoprotective, immunostimulant, antiseptic, and antimutagenic. Due to these properties, it is quite useful in dentistry as well. It has a role in the treatment of periodontal diseases and oral cancers.” – NCBI, Role of curcumin, oral health
The mustard oil might be the biggest challenge here but it has surprising health benefits to those with gingivitis. People are trying it and seeing surprising results.
Transitioning to any new natural oral regimen does come with some side effects such as a headache, dizziness, fatigue, or gum bleeding. This is true when changing to a natural diet as well experiencing flu-like symptoms basically a symptom of detox.
Do consult your physician and dentist before changing any health routine for those with known health problems and do give your body some time to adjust to change.
Oral Health Takeaways
- Transition from conventional oral care products to natural options and finally to organic natural homemade DIY oral remedies in a 3 step process.
- Incorporate a more plant-based diet to strengthen teeth and gums by considering Ayurvedic practices.
- Try all options to find what works best for you and your current health.
- Consult your physician and dentist before changing to a new oral care regimen.
- Invest in preventive and natural dental care products to save on dental bills in the future.
- If you are picky, stay picky and make changes to support your health long-term.
- Educate yourself and look at the facts from current studies about ingredients used in all toothpaste varieties.
Bonus Dental Care Recommendations
Use this biodegradable bamboo charcoal toothbrush with your new toothpaste varieties and homemade recipes.