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A guide to natural dental care

Date Posted:13 March 2023 

Many of us know the importance of using chemical free products for our skin and hair, but have you thought about your dental routine? Many dental care products are full of chemicals. Use this guide to help make the switch to a more natural oral hygiene regime.


If you're looking for a way to improve your overall dental health, it's worth considering natural dental care. Most people are familiar with the basics of conventional dental care, which usually involves flossing, brushing and regular visits to the dentist. But there are many other natural ways that can help keep your teeth healthy. This guide will introduce you to some of these options and how they can be used to improve your current dental hygiene.



How can I take care of my teeth naturally

Dental care is important, but you don't have to rely solely on fluoride. There are many other ways to keep your teeth healthy and strong. Natural dental care can be very effective at preventing cavities and gum disease while maintaining a beautiful smile. Natural dental care doesn't have to be expensive either! In fact, some natural products cost less than their chemical counterparts - and they're often just as effective at cleaning your teeth and improving oral health overall.

Most people who opt for a natural dental routine will choose a fluoride free toothpaste. A fluoride free toothpaste can be just as effective, as long as it’s formulated to be antibacterial, which most good natural toothpaste is.

The advantage of fluoride free toothpaste is that it’s generally more natural, chemical free and often organic – meaning there’s no chance of pesticides or herbicides ending up in your toothpaste. The next important part is of course a dental floss. Flossing is crucial to keep food out of the gaps in your teeth, prevent plaque build up and decay. But that doesn’t mean you have to use plastic and chemical coated dental floss. You can choose all natural dental floss that uses antibacterial plant ingredients like coconut oil.

If you struggle to floss, you might like to try dental floss sticks. Dental floss sticks work just like floss to remove food from the teeth but are easier to handle than string floss. Natural dental floss sticks are great because they tend to be much better for the environment as they use plastic free or even compostable handles.

Dental floss sticks are a great alternative to traditional dental floss. They're easy to use and can be stored in a purse or pocket, making them perfect for people who travel often. Dental floss sticks are also more portable than traditional dental floss, which means that you can easily take them with you on the go!

Aside from products, there are a few lifestyle changes that are important in a natural dental routine. Eating mineral rich foods like dark leafy greens and mushrooms can help to keep your teeth strong. Refined sugar is the main food source for the bacteria that produce harmful acid and tooth decay. Removing sugary foods from your diet as much as possible is another way to keep your teeth healthy without using chemicals. Staying hydrated is important no matter what, but did you know it can also help flush away food debris and bacteria from your teeth and gums – helping them stay clean and protected? Aim to drink at least 2 litres of water every day to keep your body and teeth healthy.



Why are some toothpastes fluoride free

Fluoride is the most common active, tooth cleaning ingredient in conventional toothpaste. Fluoride is found in soil, water and foods but it is also produced synthetically to be added to things like mouthwash and toothpaste. Decay is caused when our teeth demineralise; fluoride remineralises our teeth to prevent that decay.

Fluoride helps prevent cavities and tooth decay, but does not help with gum disease or bad breath. If you swallow fluoride, it can be harmful to your body. The amount of fluoride in your saliva will be very small, so it's unlikely that swallowing some toothpaste will cause any problems. However, if children get too much fluoride while they're growing up (especially babies), they may develop skeletal abnormalities later on in life. Fluoride can also be harmful if inhaled - for example when using an electric toothbrush - so it's best not to breathe directly over the sink while brushing!

Some people are concerned that too much fluoride can cause dental fluorosis or skeletal fluorosis. The former refers to tiny white streaks forming on the enamel of the tooth due to high concentrations of fluoride in childhood. Fluorosis doesn’t damage the teeth’s health, but the discolouration can be noticeable. Skeletal fluorosis is a bone disease – but it has only been linked to very high levels of fluoride exposure. Other concerns with excessive fluoride include thyroid dysfunction and conditions affecting the joints and bones. Most medical doctors and dentists have deemed fluoride exposure through regular dental products to be safe. But if you’re wanting to stick with natural alternatives, then an antibacterial, fluoride free toothpaste is for you.


Which toothpaste is fluoride free?

There are many fluoride free toothpaste options in Australia. Our range has everything from kids toothpaste to charcoal to whitening. When looking for fluoride free toothpaste, you’ll want to be sure it contains some natural ingredients that kill bacteria and protect teeth. Some common ingredients include activated charcoal, tea tree oil, peppermint oil and coconut oil. The advantage of fluoride free toothpaste is that it tends to be made entirely of natural and, often, organic ingredients. That said, it’s always good to double check your toothpaste is free from SLS, sulphates, phthalates, colourants and chemical sweeteners like saccharin and aspartame.

Looking for a kids toothpaste that’s natural but tasty? While some people like to stick to fluoride toothpaste for kids toothpaste, it’s up to you and what you feel is right for your child. We always recommend the Jack N Jill toothpaste range for those wanting a safe, effective toothpaste that’s also organic, suitable for 6 months up to and available in heaps of yummy flavours. That said, we also stock kid’s toothpaste with fluoride, is this is something that is of interest to you.



How do you kill bacteria in your mouth naturally

The main goal of any dental routine is to kill bacteria. When food builds up it creates bacteria which turns to acid and causes decay. Using a good quality toothbrush is important to remove bacteria from the mouth naturally.

Oil pulling is another popular step for removing bacteria from the mouth naturally. Oil pulling is a process where a high quality edible oil like coconut oil is swished around the mouth for 15-20 minutes. This process helps to remove built up plaque and bacteria from the teeth. To maximise the benefits, try to oil pull at least a few times a week. The last tip for removing bacteria naturally is to use a tongue cleaner. Dr Tung's tongue cleaner is made from stainless steel – you essentially run it over the tongue to remove bacteria and stop bad breath. A tongue cleaner is an effective way to keep your mouth healthy, and can be used in addition to brushing your teeth.

To use a tongue cleaner:

  • Wet it under running water or dip it into some mouthwash (not too much!)
  • Place the rounded end against the top of your tongue and scrape downward toward the back of your throat in short strokes, moving from side to side as needed until all visible debris has been removed


Is charcoal good for your teeth

Natural charcoal toothpaste is another great option for those wanting a natural teeth whitening option. Activated charcoal is a black powder made from burned material that’s able to soak up toxins. Looking for the best whitening toothpaste Australia? Charcoal toothpaste makes for a great tooth whitening option as charcoal can lift and, because of its gritty texture, scrub stains from the teeth. The Pearlbar charcoal toothpaste is one of the best whitening toothpastes Australia – it’s fluoride free, non GMO, and contains bentonite clay for extra detox. Charcoal toothbrushes and toothpastes are great for natural dental care because they're antibacterial.

A charcoal toothbrush can help remove stains on your teeth and keep them healthy by removing plaque build up around the gum line, preventing future infections from forming. It also helps whiten your smile by removing stains from coffee or tea drinkers who may have yellowed their pearly whites over time due to frequent consumption of these beverages without proper oral hygiene practices (i.e., brushing regularly).

If you're looking for an extra boost when it comes time for bedtime brushing sessions - or if you just want something new in general - then try using activated charcoal instead of regular paste next time around! This type tends toward being slightly less abrasive than other options available at local drugstores/pharmacies so there won't be any discomfort whatsoever when applying directly onto gums during use; however there's still enough scrubbing power behind each stroke so as long as someone isn't sensitive then no worries should arise either way!



How can I whiten my teeth

One of the most common concerns when it comes to oral care is whitening teeth.  Certain foods can stain the teeth’s enamel – the outermost layer of your teeth. Plaque build up on your teeth causes teeth to look yellow. Sometimes teeth can look yellow if the outer, hard enamel has eroded and revealed the dentin beneath. Most teeth whitening products and treatments use harsh, abrasive or even bleach based methods to make the teeth appear whiter and brighter. Luckily, there are lots of natural teeth whitening options. Oil pulling is not only good for removing bacteria, but it’s also a great natural option for teeth whitening. Beyond maintaining a low sugar diet and regular brushing routine, a natural tooth whitening powder can be a great addition to teeth whitening. An activated charcoal tooth powder can be brushed onto the teeth for two minutes and then rinsed out. This potent form of charcoal will intensify the whitening benefits and help remove difficult stains and discolouration.

Teeth whitening pen is a great way to get a quick and easy whitening treatment at home. They're ideal for people who want to whiten their teeth before an important event, or those who just want to brighten up their smile without having to make a trip to the dentist.


What toothbrush should you use

Every year a billion toothbrushes are thrown away in Australia alone. That’s a lot of plastic handles and plastic bristles winding up in landfills and waterways where they poison air, water and animals. Luckily there are more natural and eco options that are just as good for your teeth as they are on the planet. A bamboo toothbrush is a great alternative to plastic as bamboo is naturally a less resource intensive material. A bamboo toothbrush is often biodegradable and compostable too. A bamboo toothbrush is just as good for your teeth but, like with a plastic one, you just have to find the right brush head and size for your mouth.

The fact that this is a biodegradable product means it will eventually decompose in landfills, which is good for the environment. It's also good for you because you won't have to worry about toxic chemicals leaching into your body when you brush your teeth with it!

Bamboo is also antibacterial, meaning it doesn't harbor any harmful bacteria like other materials do (like plastic). That makes it the perfect material for toothbrushes! Plus, they're softer than regular toothbrushes and feel great on your gums when you brush them with a bamboo toothbrush!



Final thoughts

We hope this article has helped you understand the benefits of natural dental care and how to choose the right toothpaste, toothbrush and tongue cleaner for yourself. We know that it can be overwhelming when trying to decide what products are right for your teeth, but we're confident that if you keep these points in mind then choosing one will be easy peasy!