8.23.2013

Natural Health Hack #7: Fluoride-Free Oral Health


We've all been told to brush our teeth at least twice a day, but there is more to a clean and healthy mouth than well-brushed teeth, especially if you wish to keep your mouth clean and healthy naturally.

The first step is to assess the ingredients in the toothpaste, mouthwash, and floss that you use.  Most toothpastes on the market contain sodium fluoride, a highly toxic synthetic variant of naturally occurring calcium fluoride.  Sodium fluoride is synthesized from industrial waste.  Frighteningly, sodium fluoride is then added to the water supply under the guise of improving dental health, though there is little evidence to show that it is doing our mouths any good, but lots of evidence that it is killing us slowly.  It ravages brain cells, weakens willpower, and calcifies in the pineal gland, the physical seat of the third eye.  Educate yourself on the hazards of sodium fluoride and take steps to reduce your fluoride consumption: eat organic foods, drink fluoride filtered water, and use natural, fluoride-free toothpaste.  Neem and/or xylitol based toothpastes are best.  They taste great, too.  Himalaya is my personal favorite.  Brusha brusha.

Inform yourself: http://www.antigmofoods.com/2013/05/calcium-fluoride-vs-sodium-fluoride.html
Next, find a simple, unwaxed, flavor-free floss and floss your teeth every night before you go to bed.  I like Glide Pro-health Original, but any kind will do.  Read the package and try to find one with more yardage per container to cut down on plastic waste.

As for mouthwash, never rinse with Listerine or any other alcohol-based mouthwash.  Not only are the artificial colors and flavors used in these rinses harmful to your health, but alcohol breaks down into sugar, which is the very thing that the bacteria in our mouths feed on.  So while your mouth might feel painfully clean for a few minutes after a rinse, that feeling doesn't last long for a reason.  Instead, for a clean feel and bright white smile, rinse your mouth after you floss and brush each night with a 1:1 dilution of 3% hydrogen peroxide.  Add a teaspoon of xylitol powder (preferably not the kind derived from corn), and swish for 1 minute.  The peroxide will continue to foam for a few minutes after you spit, but resist the urge to rinse with water.  Just spit a few more times and go to bed.   Xylitol has been shown to prevent and even repair tooth decay, and the peroxide will keep your gums healthy and whiten your teeth safely while you sleep.

Finally, no oral health regimen is complete without a good tongue cleaning.  The textured surface of the tongue is the perfect place for bacteria and food remnants to hunker down while the rest of your mouth is flossed, brushed, and rinsed.  Even brushing your tongue with your toothbrush doesn't adequately remove this layer of bacteria and food.  Buy a stainless steel tongue cleaner and scrape your tongue clean first thing in the morning, after meals, and after you brush and rinse each night.  When you see what is removed, you'll be so glad that you did.

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Readers:  What natural alternatives do you use to keep your mouth clean?  Let me know in the comments!

4 comments:

  1. Oil pulling with coconut oil!!!

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    1. Ah, the oil pull. I've never done it, but I hear good things.

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  2. I'd like to chime in on oil pulling: fantastic! I am a recent devotee and I can say it has made quite a positive difference in my mouth. I work in health care so I am super fastidious about these things. Oil pulling and neti twice a day neti make me feel so much better. Not entirely sure about how it works to detoxify the body but that is a claim.

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    1. Fantastic. Thanks, Mo. I'll have to give it a try.

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