We always talk about the importances of a healthy, holistic oral care routine...one that not only cares for your mouth but promotes full-body health.
While Davids Natural Toothpaste is a great place to start with this holistic routine, we realize that natural toothpaste can only take you so far. So we compiled a list of some of our favorite brands and products to help you create the optimal oral health toolkit.
You probably already know how we feel about the fact that 1.5 billion plastic toothpaste tubes end up in landfills every year in the U.S. alone. But if everyone in the U.S. followed recommendations to replace their toothbrush every 3-4 months (which....you definitely should), that would leave around 1 billion toothbrushes in U.S. landfills every year, too!
Plus, if all of these toothbrushes are plastic, this would generate roughly 55 million pounds of plastic waste. Once in the landfill, these plastic toothbrushes don’t decompose, and their corresponding microplastics end up polluting rivers and oceans.
That’s why it’s so important to seek biodegradable options...like the bamboo toothbrush from our friends at Zero Waste Cartel. By choosing this option, you’re not only helping to fight plastic pollution...you’ll also be planting a tree! Well, Zero Waste Cartel and its partner organization will be planting a tree in your honor. They have a goal to plant 30,000 trees in 2021, and you have the chance to help!
Similar to conventional toothpaste+toothbrushes, conventional floss contributes a great deal of plastic pollution. If everyone flossed according to ADA recommendations 2.5 billion plastic floss dispensers would end up in landfills every year in the U.S. The plastic just keeps adding up…
Plus, many conventional flosses are coated in PFAS, synthetic chemicals that are known to have various harmful effects. Many of these traditional flosses also use animal-based wax coatings, so they’re also not vegan.
If you’re thinking you could solve this problem by not flossing, we’re here to remind you that brushing your teeth only reaches 65% of your tooth’s surface, leaving tight crevices untouched...the perfect place for harmful bacteria to fester.
On a lighter note....by switching to a non-toxic, vegan floss option like Cocofloss, you can still clean those tight spaces while avoiding harmful chemicals. Cocofloss itself is made of non-toxic, and thoughtfully-sourced ingredients...free of PFAS. It’s fortified with coconut oil...a natural, soothing, and antimicrobial ingredient. Plus, their floss refills allow you to reuse your floss dispenser, instead of throwing it in a landfill every time you’re done.
Do you only use your toothbrush+toothpaste to clean your tongue? That’s a great start, but cleaning your tongue with a tongue scraper is an amazing way to promote your oral+overall health.
After all, your tongue is the first large organ to come in contact with the food+drinks you consume. Particles tend to linger on your tongue and can create a film that can host unwanted bacteria. These bacteria can throw off your oral microbiome, impact your gut health, cause bad breath, and prevent your taste buds from performing their best. A tongue scraper can help with all of these things...in ways that your toothbrush can’t!
A few specific things we love about Banyan....they follow an Ayurvedic approach to self-care. For those who don’t know, Ayurveda is one of the world’s oldest medical practices. It is a holistic approach to physical and mental health that uses naturally-derived ingredients to promote a healthy lifestyle. According to dental Ayurveda, cleaning your tongue every morning is an essential part of a healthy oral care routine. Plus, Banyan’s tongue cleaner is made in the U.S. with premium quality stainless steel!
If you’ve never heard of oil pulling before, get ready to be impressed. We’ve mentioned before that most of us have been taught to use harsh products...like alcohol mouthwash...that completely wipe out the bacteria in your oral microbiome. Oil pulling is an amazing substitute that allows you to get rid of bad bacteria in your mouth...without harming the good ones. In the eyes of dental Ayurveda, it’s another essential part of a healthy oral care routine.
DrTung’s Oil Pulling Concentrate is fortified with 24 herbs and botanicals. When mixed with other oils, the concentrate works to remove toxins, eliminate bad bacteria, prevent dry mouth, strengthen your teeth, and transport the health benefits of Ayurvedic herbs into your gums, mucous membranes...and consequently, the rest of your body. Nowthat’s holistic oral care.
This SuperFood Breath Freshener by Remedy Rx is packed with natural, superfood ingredients that fight bad breath and keep you feeling fresh. Remedy uses xylitol...one of our own favorite, naturally-derived ingredients...to help eliminate bacteria, fight cavities, and freshen your breath.
This spray is the perfect alternative to chewing gum as it eliminates the potential harmful effects of gum, such as cavities (if the gum contains sugar) and tight jaw muscles.
davids natural toothpaste
This one goes without saying, but we couldn’t leave without mentioning it. Davids (the best natural toothpaste) is the glue...oops, we mean paste...that holds this holistic oral care routine together.