Natural options for skincare and makeup get a lot of attention, but one of the most difficult – and most important – switches for me was ‘greening’ my mouth care routine. Yes, do-it-yourself toothpaste is one of the toughest transitions – second only to DIY deodorant! – if you’ve used commercial products for years. Having fresh breath and healthy teeth is important and these do-it-yourself dental products won’t let you down.
And don’t worry, if you’re not yet into DIY, we’ve found the best natural products to make brushing and flossing safe and effective.
Oil Pulling Before You Brush
Before you brush, try oil pulling, an ancient Ayruveda holistic dental care method that involves nothing more than swishing cold-pressed oil in your mouth for a certain amount of time. The idea behind oil pulling, as well as the name itself, is that swishing with the oil helps “pull” toxins from your system as you pull the oil through your teeth and gums. The oils typically used are coconut, olive or sesame oil.
We tried it out and found a whole host of benefits: healthier gums, less plaque, better breath, stronger teeth and super soft lips! You can use the an oil that you have in your cupboard or try these pre-portioned coconut oil packets.