Oral Health – naturally safe and effective dental hygiene solutions

Poor dental hygiene doesn’t just affect our mouths, in fact studies have shown that neglecting oral health relates to other health issues like diabetes and heart disease. (1)

Attractive woman brushing her teethIf you’re thinking about a more natural solution to sparkling teeth and healthy gums for yourself and your little ones, we at GoodnessDirect, we have a comprehensive range of natural products that might just be what you are looking for.

Our mouth, teeth and toothbrushes are full of hundreds and hundreds of bacteria. In turn this bacteria eats the any leftover food particles, from which acid is produced. It is this acid that is responsible for breaking down our enamel which courses cavities. The build up of bacteria are also responsible for the unpleasant odour, which is caused by the release of a sulphur compound.

A good oral health regime includes mouthwash, toothpaste, and floss.

Mouthwashes

Using a mouthwash would not be sufficient on it’s own, but as part of a plan it can be really effective in freshening  breath and promoting oral health. Mouthwash can be used before brushing, after brushing, or both, and can also be used after meals as an added extra. The important thing is to keep the mouthwash in your mouth for around a minute and not to swallow it. Done in the morning and evening, mouthwash can eliminate the bacteria, and it gets into the crevices where bacteria may be out of reach of your toothbrush.

Which mouthwash?

Killing bacteria doesn’t have to burn from the use of harsh chemicals and alcohol. Alcohol free mouthwashes are preferable and pain-free. Examples of ingredients found in a natural mouthwash may be:

  • Aloe vera and  xylitol – both strengthens teeth enamel.
  • Natural peppermint or Salvadora Persica extract – which can soften the plaque prior to brushing.

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This gentle, cleansing mouthwash is made using natural ingredients; tea tree and grapefruit seed extract act as natural antiseptic and antibacterial. Aloe Dent mouthwash is free from alcohol and saccharin.

Contains pure Aloe Vera and essential oils.

Aloe Dent provides a natural and soothing antibacterial action plus minty fresh breath. The herbs and vitamins combine to promote healthy gums and strong teeth.

Sarkan Mouthfresh

Another great product is Sarakan Mouthfresh. It improves mouth cleanliness and helps to remove plaque where your toothbrush does not reach.
Sarakan natural vegan mouthwash contains extract of Salvadora persica – the ‘toothbrush tree’. The fibrous twigs from this shrub have been chewed throughout Asia and the middle east for hundreds of years to promote and maintain healthy teeth and gums. Salvadora persica extract helps fight plaque and tartar and it’s powerful antiseptic properties improve general oral health. Research shows that Salvadora persica can also soften plaque, making it easier to remove when brushing.
This alcohol free mouthwash is flavoured with the natural oils of peppermint, clove & geranium which also contribute antiseptic properties.

Ingredients: Aqua, glycerine (vegetable), witch hazel, polysorbate 20, Salvadora persica, CPC, oils of peppermint, geranium and clove, chlorophyll.

Sarakan mouthwash is:

  • Alcohol free
  • Suitable for vegans
  • Fluoride free
  • Paraben free
  • Contains no artificial colours or sweeteners
  • Approved by the British Dental Health Foundation as beneficial to oral health and hygiene

Toothpastes

Aim to brush for 2 minutes. Giving your teeth a good brush (not too hard though!) is really important to good dental health. Toothpastes act as an abrasive and lubricant to aid the cleaning process. What goes into the toothpaste varies enormously, and a we, of course, have a great selection of toothpastes available.

Natural toothpastes are soothing and whitening, and when used correctly and for the right period of time, are an effective way to keep teeth and gums healthy. Ingredients can range from liquorice, aloe and tea tree.

Which toothpastes?

Aloe Dent Sensitive Toothpaste

Natural protection for sensitive gums and teeth with aloe vera, and chamomile.

Aloe Dent is a breakthrough in the science of oral hygiene. The water is replaced with soothing Aloe Vera juice, which is combined with a powerful blend of carefully selected natural, active ingredients to create a truly exceptional toothpaste. Regular brushing with Aloe Dent gives you front line support in the fight against gum disease and dental decay naturally, and it leaves your mouth feeling tingling fresh.

Try also:

AloeDent Triple Action Toothpaste – with Aloe Vera and Co Q10. Fights bacteria and promotes healthy gums and fresh breath.

AloeDent Whitening Aloe Vera Toothpaste – a fluoride free toothpaste with Aloe Vera, Vitamin K, Silica and Tea tree. Promotes healthy gums and whitens teeth discoloured by tea and coffee, smoking, red wine and staining.

Aloe Dent Childrens Strawberry Toothpaste – Aloe Vera and fluoride free toothpaste for little mouths!

Dead Sea Spa Magik Fresh ‘n White

The alternative to regular toothpaste and mouthwash for fresher breath and whiter teeth. 808790b

The Dead Sea lies between Israel and Jordan. For thousands of years people have used the Dead Sea for therapeutic and healing purposes. It is 392 metres below sea level, the lowest point on earth, and the heat and lack of humidity means that the water quickly evaporates leaving a highly concentrated solution which provides minerals for the finest skincare products.
Fresh n’ White is a mineral-rich clear liquid made from a unique formulation containing Dead Sea Salts and minerals. The special action of these minerals is to efficiently attack and destroy bacteria that can cause bad breath.

Kingfisher Toothpaste, Aloe Vera Tea Tree & Fennel Flouride Free

Kingfisher Natural Toothpaste is the UK’s brand leading natural toothpaste. 879855b
It contains no artificial colourings, flavourings, sweeteners or preservatives. Instead, they use natural ingredients like real fennel, real lemons and real peppermint.

Kingfisher toothpastes are:

  • BDHF approved
  • Vegan
  • Not animal tested
  • Gluten-free
  • GM-free
  • and made in the UK.

Kingfisher is also available in 7 other great varieties;

Sarakan Toothpaste 50ml

932199bSLS free toothpaste containing natural extract of Salvadora Persica or “toothbrush tree”

Sarakan toothpaste contains high-quality natural ingredients and is suitable for children as well as adults. It contains extract of the shrub Salvadora persica, which is a natural antiseptic. Used in it’s natural state, twigs of the Salvadora persica shrub have been chewed or rubbed on teeth and gums for hundreds of years in dental care. Kids in particular are often delighted to find out that this shrub is known as the ‘toothpaste tree’.
Most conventional toothpastes contain both fluoride and Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) – Sarakan contains neither.

Sarakan toothpaste does not contain:

  • fluoride
  • SLS
  • sweeteners
  • preservatives
  • colourings
  • and is suitable for vegans.

This natural vegan friendly toothpaste is flavoured with natural oils of peppermint, clove and geranium – all of which have antiseptic properties.
As well as tasting great, users comment on how clean the toothpaste leaves their mouths feeling. The geranium oil gives Sarakan an unusual and distinctive taste that leaves your mouth sweet and fresh.

Urtekram Children’s Toothpaste, Liquorice Flavour

If you have bought Urtekram products before you’ll know that organic is a keyword used to describe this company. 841838bTheir liquorice and tutti frutti flavoured toothpastes are perfect for small, precious teeth and gums.

Their pure and natural toothpastes are specially formulated for children, using organically farmed ingredients where possible and essential oils. And they are fun-flavoured to encourage regular brushing.

Free from:

  • fluoride
  • caffeine
  • and not tested on animals

Weleda Salt Toothpaste

First founded in 1921 in Switzerland, Weleda is known as the original green beauty pioneer. 955300b

Waleda Salt toothpaste has been developed in co-operation with dentists and uses natural sodium bicarbonate to help neutralise harmful plaque acids, helping to prevent the build up of plaque.

This unique formulation toothpaste, based on sea salt, increases saliva flow, encouraging the body to help itself to keep the gums clean, healthy and strong.
Soothing myrrh and krameria help keep the gums and oral cavity in good condition.
Free from fluoride, detergents, synthetic fragrances, colours and preservatives.

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And don’t forget those bi-annual check-ups with your oral care provider!

REFERENCES

1 Petersen PE. Yamamoto T. Improving the oral health of older people: the approach of the WHO Global Oral Health Programme. Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology 2005;33:81-92.

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