Dental health is a vital topic, but also it’s an area shaped by false beliefs, toxins, marketing blurbs, half-truths and highly contradictory advice. Who to believe and, most importantly, why?
To be honest with you, all I can say is: get informed and find what’s right for your needs.
But having gathered the aforementioned contradictory advice, evaluated the pros and the cons, my own health and products used in the past, I have come to a nearly product-independent routine (consisting of baby steps towards The Perfect Thing To Do) and to a list of products I find are quite efficient.
So here is my dental routine that probably goes way beyond what your dentist will tell ya. And no worries, I will spare you the actual “adventures” and share the PROs and CONs instead 🙂
Here are the components of
My Daily Dental Care Routine:
 A stainless steel tongue cleaner.PROS: The sensation of “cleanliness” and freshness is incomparable!
It has nothing in common with the almost burning minty wash of conventional toothpaste or mouth rinse; your mouth just instantly feels cleaner and fresher; the taste buds are freed from any food residue (and coffee) which is an added bonus point for all of you who have food cravings – the latter melt away and disappear…
CONS: none. Unless you are beyond clumsy, you can’t hurt yourself. The tool looks a bit wild, and if you’re too afraid, you can use a spoon. Plastic tongue scrapers do exist but seriously, plastic?
 A DIY sea salt mouth rinse.PROS: Store-bought mouth rinses (even the one by Dr. Hauschka Med I’ve used in the past) contain alcohol – and few things are as bad for oral health as alcohol.
The alkaline DIY sea salt mouth rinse, alcohol-free and toxin-free, makes a lot of sense: other than the pH value of healthy skin, which is slightly acidic, the pH value of healthy saliva is slightly alkaline, becoming more acidic after meals.
CONS: Salt overdose if your salt-water ratio is unbalanced. Too alkaline isn’t desirable.
 A brush and toothpaste. Here I use my Living Libations Neem Enamelizer Liquid and once every couple months the Vitamin B12-enriched tooth gel by Santé).
All Pros & Cons of those two products can be found in the respective reviews.
Some dentists suggest that a tox-free, unscented, glycerin-free soap is the best tooth cleanser, but I am still searching and testing to find a product or a texture worth recommending.”
 Dental floss!
 Essential oils to add to your floss or to the mouth rinse (here I use single oils as the whim takes me, or the excellent blend Living Libations Healthy Gum Drops).
PROS: Wisely chosen oils promote natural healing and visibly and measurably strengthen the gums.
CONS: You can have or develop allergies.
Other components – and experiments! –
of my dental care routine include:
 Oil pulling.
Two, or sometimes three times a week, a 20 minutes round of oil pulling with sesame or coconut oil is due. Oil pulling benefits are found in the review. I’ve also found that it helps keep the pout soft and healthy during winter and provides an excellent addition to the face gym routine for fuller lips and a firmer face contour!
 Dry brushing.
I alternate common brushing (wet brush + product) with occasional dry brushing without product and I find it’s very efficient and pleasant.
PROS: Great efficiency of cleansing, even with the gentlest of brushing! Plus no toxic or questionable ingredients (alcohol, artificial flavourings, glycerin, Fluoride etc.).
CONS: Seems like none, right? However no product means also no added benefits. Duh, Sherlock…
 Still searching!
Right now, I’m looking for a decent ultrasonic toothbrush.
I’ve stopped using the electric toothbrush upon discovering through research that my suspicion it might not be a good idea to use the circular motion where “red-to-white” movement’s due is backed by several dentists as well as holistic dentistry experts.
As for the discussion sonic vs. ionic, I’ve found a 2011 study (source) showing that ultrasonic is statistically more efficient.
 Sweet treat.
I’m also still experimenting with Xylitol rinses and Xylitol brushing every now and then (before you get wrong ideas: brushing with dissolved xylitol, not with the crystals).
PROS: Apart from the unpleasant sensation of excess sweetness, the effect on gums and teeth is so far really good. We all develop some persistent plaque, especially tea lovers, and I’m happy to report – the budding dark shadows are gone.
CONS: Xylitol is a processed substance, so I am keeping an eye on research and definitely not exaggerating.