5 Reasons to Switch to All-Natural Oral Care

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Well, y’all know me by now… And you know that I try my best to encourage and inspire others to make the best decisions in their lives, specifically through incorporating wellness into every aspect of life. Ever since a diagnosis of autoimmune/thyroid disease in 2009, I’ve made it my goal to change my lifestyle and, more importantly, the surroundings that I can control. For example, I’ve been on a slowly unfolding journey to make sure that not only the foods I put in my body are all-natural, but the ingredients in the items I put ON my body and fill my home with [cleaning products, air purifiers…] are all-natural as well! I started with cleaning products and moved on to skincare products… I’ve replaced most of my non-stick pots and pans and I’ve changed the types of candles I use [and rely more heavily on essential oils]. Up next, oral care and deodorant.

There are several reasons to make the switch over to all-natural oral care. While the common belief is that all-natural products just don’t work quite as well, believe it or not, especially when it comes to oral care, the natural versions of many products are just as effective as their chemical-laden counterparts. Switching to all-natural oral care is actually a pretty smart thing to do. Here are 5 reasons to make the switch:

5 Reasons to Switch to All-Natural Oral Care

1. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is a chemical found in most conventional, everyday toothpastes. It’s what makes your toothpaste get that foamy feeling, which makes you FEEL like it’s cleaning better. What most people don’t know is that this ingredient is found in shampoos and detergents too… exactly what my mouth wants. Furthermore, if you suffer from ulcers or canker sores, this ingredient may be what’s irritating your skin. It’s been known to do that.

Here’s a study that shows that, yeah, SLS ain’t all that good.

2. Saccharin

This is a sweetening agent that’s found in most brands of toothpaste and mouthwashes. While this ingredient may make your toothpaste TASTE good, it’s artificial, and has not been proven to be completely safe.

All-natural oral care products sweeten their taste with natural ingredients, like herbs and mint to freshen breath and clean your mouth. So there are plenty of combinations that taste great and are filled with quality instead of potentially harmful ingredients!

Here’s a study on saccharin and how it may be harmful!

3. Sodium Fluoride

When researching how to best create an environment that is helpful for someone with thyroid disease, the very first thing outside of specific diet changes was removing fluoride from your life. Despite what Americans are told, sodium fluoride is scientifically proven to be detrimental to our health. It’s actually in our water system, so our drinking water/tap water is actually toxic! There’s an even greater effect of fluoride on the thyroid. Now, studies are even showing that it’s almost completely ineffective in preventing tooth decay!

And guess what… New studies suggest that fluoride may be linked to certain cancers. Here’s the deal… in my opinion, the risk of fluoride’s negative effects on the body far outweigh the potential benefit that it has for helping my teeth. This, in my opinion, is the number one reason to make the switch.

Don’t believe me? Check out this study.

4. It’s an easy, healthy switch

You are putting toothpaste and oral care products in your mouth at least twice a day. What an easy way to make a healthier decision each and every day, twice a day. It’s something you’re doing already, just switch out the product. Right away, you’ll be making a better decision for your health on a daily basis. Now that’s a new regimen I can commit to!

5. There are plenty of great all-natural options

Nowadays, there are plenty of good, quality, natural oral care options! I use the toothpaste and mouthwash from NOW® Solutions, the beauty and health line from NOW® Foods! These toothpastes are sweetened with xylitol instead of saccharin, and baking soda is the primary whitening ingredient, which is proven to whiten your teeth. I made the switch and have noticed absolutely no difference in how clean my mouth feels and looks compared to when I was using generic brands filled with harmful ingredients that “work better.”

NOW also make a children’s toothpaste in multiple flavors that B loves! We love to brush his teeth and these products make me feel better about what’s going in his little mouth and the effects they could have on his health!

On top of that, I love their mouthwash, because, let’s be honest… some of us need a little extra help to make sure our mouths aren’t smelly! This mouthwash is tasty and really works! Plus, there’s no alcohol in it, which makes my mouth extra happy!

So, think you can give it a try? It’s really a smart way to start being really conscious about what products you bring into your environment and how they can affect your health. You’re already brushing your teeth twice a day and when the natural options are just as good, what do you have to lose? Try some of these products and let me know what you think! Then high five yourself for taking another baby step towards incorporating wellness into your everyday decisions.

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