Mouth and Teeth
Updated: Feb 28, 2022
There are an increasing number of eco-friendlier products, and an increasing number of dentists who care about this issue. Do ask them for tips when you next visit them. In this blog post, you'll find options for mouthwash, toothpaste and brushes - but the best is to also keep an eye on novelties in shops, and to ask your dentist.
You need: 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar, 1 tsp salt, water, for each wash
How to make: Take a glass of warm water and add the apple cider vinegar and salt. Mix ingredients.
How to use: Rinse your mouth with the resulting solution after brushing your teeth
Toothbrush and floss
Once your current plastic toothbrush gets old, switch to bamboo alternatives. Georganics are on the expensive side, but last as long as plastic alternatives.
You will find bamboo brushes (Truthbrush) and vegan floss with refillable container (BrushD) on the Kind Store . Untested - so tell us what you think in the comments.
You need: ¼ cup bentonite clay + 1tbsp baking soda, helps remove stains, contains minerals, alkaline
Optional: you can customize the powder to your taste, with for instance 1 tbsp ground cinnamon and/or cloves (both antibacterial), and/or 8 drops of essential oil (mint, tea tree, lemon, or sweet orange – mint will also sooth the gum).
Optional: add 2 tbsp calcium powder, to provide extra minerals and whiten
Optional: add liquid coconut oil to turn it into a paste.
How to make: Mix all ingredients and store in a small jar, with a lid.
How to use: wet your toothbrush and dip in the tooth powder.
Glass jars with Ben&Anna (variety of options, including with or without fluoride, available at H&B); Georganics (peppermint; charcoal – and other options; available at the Source).
If you don’t want to dip your brush into the paste/powder, use Toothpaste tablets (online or at the Source)
If you prefer to stick to the tube, try Boca, a refillable toothpaste tube! Or Happier, that comes in an old-school aluminium tube, which can be recycled in with your metal recycling.
More info: https://moralfibres.co.uk/best-plastic-free-zero-waste-eco-friendly-toothpaste/
On fluorine, read Georganic statement and talk to your dentist.