best oral care routine

bright smiles blooming: a spring clean for your best oral care routine

bright smiles blooming: a spring clean for your best oral care routine

It’s that time of year again! As spring brightens up the world around us with its fresh blossoms and rejuvenating sunshine, it’s only natural to feel inspired to brighten up your daily routine.

We invite you to turn “spring cleaning” into whatever you want it to be. Whether it’s decluttering your closet, deep cleaning your living spaces, or overhauling your products to create the best oral care routine, spring cleaning offers a great opportunity to start this new, vibrant season on the freshest possible note.

At Davids, you’ve probably heard that we value a fresh and clean oral care routine that truly honors the link between oral health and overall health. What exactly do we mean by that? Read on to find out!

link between oral health and overall health

We feel we can never say this enough: your oral health is the window to your overall health. In other words, your oral health impacts so many different systems in your body. To be more specific, your oral health has the power to impact your...

  • gut health: this one is probably the most literal example because your mouth is the actual window to your gut. Your saliva production, the bacterial balance in your oral microbiome, the sensitivity level of your teeth, etc. all impact what you eat, how you digest it, and what species of bacteria travel to your gut. All of these things can have massive impacts on your overall comfort, mood, sleep quality, bowel movements, and beyond.
  • cardiovascular health: did you know that gum disease can increase your risk of heart attack or stroke by 2-3x? This is because gum disease greatly increases your body’s overall inflammation load. If you suffer from gum disease, we want to assure you not to let this generate fear. Instead, let it generate motivation since gum disease can be treated and even reversed at its early stages!
  • skin health: it’s been shown that your gut health plays a huge role in your skin health, but research also shows a direct link between oral health and acne. Poor oral health and various oral complications can cause an overgrowth of bacteria. Some species of these bad bacteria (like propionibacterium) are infamous for their ability to cause acne breakouts.
  • mental health: all of the things we listed above can directly impact your mental health. Many scientists are even nicknaming the gut “the second brain” due to its ability to dictate messages to your brain through bacteria and nerve cells. And we just discussed how your oral health can make or break your gut health!

Now that we’ve talked about the link between oral health and overall health, let’s dive into some oral care ingredients and habits to avoid…and how to curate the best oral care routine with Davids.

toothpaste ingredients to avoid

To spring clean your oral care routine and nurture your oral and overall health, here are a few common toothpaste ingredients to avoid. Be sure to check your current products for these infamous ingredients!

  • fluoride: although fluoride is known to strengthen your enamel, it’s also known to be harmful if consumed in large amounts (which can happen if you live in an area that produces fluoridated drinking water). This is why all toothpastes that contain fluoride must also contain a poison control warning! We much prefer swapping fluoride with its natural counterpart, hydroxyapatite.
  • sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS): SLS is a chemical foaming agent and a very common irritant in conventional toothpaste and other cosmetic products. It can strip your body of its natural oils, clog your pores, and cause stinging and irritation in your mouth and on your skin. All of our toothpaste formulas use a natural alternative to SLS called sodium cocoyl glutamate, which is derived from coconut materials.
  • parabens: parabens in toothpaste can lead to unnecessary inflammation in your mouth and throughout your entire body. They are also linked to endocrine disruption. In the ingredient list, the names of these harmful chemicals end in “paraben.”
  • artificial colors: vibrant blue and purple toothpastes get their color from artificial dyes which might appear as “FD&C BLUE NO. 1 OR D&C BLUE NO. 4” on the ingredient list. Research shows that these dyes can have toxic effects throughout the body.
  • “flavor”: unspecified flavor is a cop-out ingredient that many companies use to “protect” their proprietary formulas and infuse products with less-than-healthy ingredients. If an oral care company (or any company for that matter) is not willing to disclose what goes into their “flavor,” we strongly suggest staying away from their products!
  • peroxides: you might find hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide in some whitening toothpaste, but these ingredients are more commonly found in mouthwash and whitening strips. Peroxides are known to whiten, but they’re also infamous for releasing harmful free radicals and causing inflammation, irritation, bleeding, and more. Be sure to opt for whitening products that utilize PAP instead of peroxides, since PAP is much safer and gentler for your oral and overall health.

If you’re unsure about your toothpaste/mouthwash ingredients, be sure to cross check them on the EWG skin deep database, where health experts call out specific toothpaste ingredients to avoid! You can rest assured that our formulas do not contain any of these ingredients, which is why our toothpaste is EWG verified. In other words, it meets the EWG’s strictest standards for health and safety, so you can feel good about using our products to curate the best oral care routine.

best oral care routine

Now, it wouldn’t be like us to only talk about the bad! Let’s dive into the best oral care routine to align with your spring clean! Of course, it’s centered around our natural, effective, and carefully formulated oral care products.

  • safe floss: our expanding dental floss is perfect for cleaning out hard-to-reach bacteria and debris, which helps to restore balance in your mouth and your body. It’s infused with remineralizing hydroxyapatite, nature-derived xylitol, smooth vegan wax, and antibacterial cocoa butter. It’s also woven with fibers that are derived from recycled plastic, and it comes in an infinitely reusable dispenser! It’s a great spring cleaning item for you and the planet.
  • natural toothpaste: every single one of our toothpaste formulas avoids the harmful ingredients we discussed in the previous section. They also contain carefully curated ingredients that nurture your oral and overall health. Forget fluoride and unspecified “flavors,” and replace them with our incredible hydroxyapatite particles and premium peppermint oils. Our toothpaste formulas are the perfect foundation for the best oral care routine!
  • bamboo toothbrush: our bamboo toothbrush is one of the most sustainable options for you and the planet. It’s naturally antibacterial, it’s made with BPA-free bristles derived from castor oil (instead petroleum oil like conventional toothbrushes), and it’s biodegradable!
  • stainless steel tongue scraper: our single-handed stainless steel tongue scraper is preferred by dental professionals because it effortlessly swipes away bacteria in a more comfortable (less gag-y) way than other tongue scrapers. It’s also dishwasher safe, so you can continue that spring clean feeling all year long.
  • natural mouthwash: peroxide-free mouthwash is a safe, effective way to give your mouth an extra clean feeling to reveal a bright white smile. Stay tuned for some special news for us about peroxide-free, remineralizing mouthwash!

At Davids, it goes without saying that we truly care about the link between oral health and overall health. You can rest (and brush) assured knowing that all of our products only use intentional ingredients to nurture your holistic health.

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