Cleaning your teeth is something you do every day. Ever wonder how safe your teeth cleaning routine is?
Think about how much toothpaste, teeth whitener, and mouthwash you care putting in your mouth every year. Even if you spit it out, it’s still getting absorbed into your body.
Check your toothpaste for ingredients like BHT, Hydrogen Peroxide, Artificial Flavor, PEG or Propylene Glycol. These are all ingredients that aren’t so ‘clean’.
Then there’s your mouthwash, yikes.
Ingredients like Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Fluoride and PEG-40 are not what you want anywhere near your mouth.
Plus, think about how many toothpaste tubes and toothbrushes you’ve sent to the landfills over the years. Tons!
It’s time we start paying more attention to how we are cleaning our teeth, and if it’s really the best option.
Here’s my eco, natural teeth cleaning routine to give you some inspiration.
Natural Teeth Cleaning Routine
Start out with the right tool for the job: a bamboo toothbrush.
Bamboo is the fastest growing plant on the planet. It reaches its full height in just 2 years!
Making a toothbrush (or anything, really) with bamboo means it is 100% biodegradable and sustainable, a new bamboo stalk will quickly take the place of the one cut to make your toothbrush!
This toothbrush by Brush with Bamboo goes far beyond just a bamboo handle. They have truly stepped in the right direction with every aspect of the toothbrush from the bristles to the packaging.
To maintain a vegan toothbrush, Brush with Bamboo chooses to avoid using pig hair bristles, currently the only non-plastic bristle. But they have made a conscious effort to use as little plastic as possible, using castor bean oil in the production of the bristle.
Their packaging is made from 100% paper so it is completely biodegradable (and recyclable!). They currently use a corn based wrapper, but because of the issues with industrial corn production, they are in the midst of switching to a cellulose wrapper that does not use corn and is plant-based.
Brush with Bamboo knows that there is still progress to be made to make toothbrushes fully ecofriendly and sustainable, but they are extremely conscious of every aspect of their production and are paving the way for a sustainable toothbrush trend.
Combine safe toothpaste with a fully recyclable tube and you’ve got David’s Natural Toothpaste.
First of all, isn’t this just the classiest toothpaste tube you’ve ever seen?
I was so excited to try David’s toothpaste, and wouldn’t you know, the May Think Dirty Box arrived at my door with David’s Toothpaste neatly packed inside 🙂
I couldn’t be happier with this toothpaste, it’s minty fresh, scores a 1 on EWG, and comes in this cool aluminum tube!
It checks all my boxes for a great toothpaste.
Ingredients: Calcium Carbonate, Purified Water, Sorbitol, Sodium Bicarbonate, Vegetable Glycerin, Hydrated Silica, Xylitol (birch derived), Sodium Cocyl Glutamate -derived from coconut oil and sulfate free, Carrageenan- Derived from seaweed, NOT to be confused with poligeenan – formerly referred to as degraded carrageenan which causes much confusion, Mint Oil – Derived from natural mint leaves, Stevia (Leaf Extract)
You’ve probably heard of this wildly popular whitening trend. As far as I can tell, there are no hard facts about whether it is safe to use on your teeth daily, what with its abrasive texture on your enamel.
But just a quick google search can show that it most certainly does remove stains and make teeth whiter!
You may look a little back-from-the-dead while brushing, but it’s actually not as bad as it looks. The charcoal has no taste and rinses easily. I used it on and off for a few weeks and think my teeth look a few shades whiter.
All you do is wet your toothbrush, then dip it in the charcoal powder and brush as you normally would for 2 minutes. Rinse, and you’re that much closer to a gleaming white smile.
I would suggest not using it every day because of the abrasive texture on your enamel. Once a week or every few days should be fine.
Ingredients: Activated Charcoal
The last step in a natural and ecofriendly teeth cleaning routine is mouthwash. I would highly recommend staying away from brands like Colgate or Listerine, they contain nasty ingredients that are not fit for your mouth.
Use a mouthwash daily after brushing or anytime you need a refresher. Just a side note, not all of Tom’s products are super clean, always check the label and verify the ingredients on the EWG database.
Give your teeth cleaning routine a green makeover with some of these natural alternatives!
I’d love to hear your favorite green teeth cleaning products! Let me know in the comments!