With so much conflicting information out there, it can be tough to figure out how to eat, dress and live in ways that are healthy for you and the planet. I definitely don’t claim to be the queen of living a non-toxic, eco-friendly lifestyle, but I’m trying to learn bit by bit, and last weekend I thought I’d tackle the subject of mouth care.
From your teeth to your tongue and everything in between, your mouth can be a dark and mysterious breeding ground for bacteria of all kinds. I recently learned that before you even swallow a sip of alcohol, it goes into your bloodstream through your mouth, so you can imagine just how important it is to focus on what you’re allowing anywhere near those pearly whites of yours.
Many big-name toothpaste brands contain toxic ingredients and compounds like fluoride, which has been associated with some severe health risks. Even if you’re not worried about the ingredients in your toothpaste or mouthwash, it’s never a bad idea to switch up your mouth care routine and try something new once in a while, especially if it could be healthier for you and the earth.
Here are a few products I’ve been using for the past few days and my thoughts on them:
1. Radius Scuba Toothbrush. Of all the things I bought, this is hands down my favourite product. Its body is made of recycled rubber, and its bristles are made of vegetable-based, BPA-free nylon, so it’s definitely more eco-friendly than the plastic toothbrush I was using before. Not only is the handle larger and much easier to grip, but the Scuba’s brush is also supersized, which makes for a much more thorough clean.
2. Kiss My Face Whitening Toothpaste. Made with natural aloe, tea tree oil and Iceland moss extract for whitening, this toothpaste is free of artificial colours, flavours, sweeteners, and SLS: one of the toxic ingredients in most other toothpastes. This toothpaste is also free of fluoride, which has been linked to weakened bones, thyroid issues and even a lower I.Q.!
3. Radius Natural Silk Floss. With its silky texture and thin size, this is the best floss I’ve used yet. Spun out of plant wax at a fair trade co-op in Colombia and 100% biodegradable, this floss should motivate you to keep flossing every single day. It’s also free of gluten, sweeteners and artificial colouring, so you don’t have to worry about ingesting anything sketchy.
4. Desert Essence Tea Tree Oil Mouthwash. I like using mouthwash for that little extra freshness after I brush, but I don’t like how regular mouthwashes make my mouth burn and my eyes water like crazy from the alcohol. This mouthwash is completely free of alcohol, sugar and gluten, and it’s made with spearmint and tea tree oil, which is a natural antiseptic. Plus the packaging is so pretty!
Even better than using these products, you can make your own toothpaste using just baking powder, coconut oil and peppermint essential oils to be sure you aren’t ingesting anything harmful. The earth really gives us all we need to survive and thrive, so it makes you wonder why we put so much crap in our bodies, especially when it comes to mouth care. I would love any tips from you on how to be more natural, eco-friendly and non-toxic, so feel free to comment below.
What are your favourite mouth care products? Let me know in the comments!