Three Ways to Maintain Good Oral Hygiene, Naturally!
by Becca Tetzlaff Friday, June 19
You might think that dental care is not associated with overall wellness, but it sure is! The oral microbiome actually has a protective component that protects your body from bacteria and viruses. Pretty cool, huh?
So let’s take a look at some simple, straightforward, and holistic ways to maintain healthy dental hygiene. And what better time to focus on improving your dental hygiene at home, since many dental offices are still currently closed!
1. Floss Each Day
This is probably a no-brainer, but how many of us actually floss each day? According to the American Dental Association, flossing cleans hard-to-reach tooth surfaces and reduces the likelihood of gum disease and tooth decay. It only takes a minute, but an important step nonetheless.
2. Get Brushing with a Natural Toothpaste
There are some questionable ingredients lurking in conventional toothpaste. Artificial flavors, dyes, and harsh foaming sulfates such as sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS). One study found that SLS can actually worsen conditions like canker sores, and it didn’t prove to increase the effectiveness against gingivitis.
Here at The Choosy Chick, you can try David’s natural toothpaste! It’s a well-known brand that is available in four flavors. It’s EWG-verified and free of fluoride, SLS, artificial flavors, sweeteners, colors, and preservatives. And bonus, it comes in a recyclable metal tube! Your mouth will be left feeling clean and fresh.
3. Tongue Scraping for Better Breath
Have you ever noticed a “film” on your tongue in the morning?! Yeah, that’s bacteria! While we sleep, our body removes toxins and deposits them on our tongue. Which is also why you might have morning breath. Using a simple tool like a tongue scraper can gently remove that film and help with bad breath and even prevent the growth of plaque. It’s an Ayurvedic practice but has been used for centuries worldwide. You just gently scrape from back to front to remove the film!
Written by: Becca Tetzlaff
Becca is a blogger, podcaster, wife, and dog mom from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She’s on a mission to get the word out about chemicals found in our everyday items like makeup, food, and personal care products. She provides education on ways you can live a more holistic life and easy swaps you can make in your routine to naturally safer products. Check out Becca’s blog organicallybecca.com and catch her on Instagram @organicallybecca.