Teeth Care

Top tooth care from a dedicated natural health conformist. Includes brushing with sodium bicarbonate twice a day. Oil pulling each morning first thing in the morning and the final touch a squirt of hydrogen peroxide 3% to 6% each day but the time is not given so we have to test that and leave some comments.


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Mercola found a manufacturer willing to work with him to create an amazing toothpaste. Here are the natural teeth-cleansing ingredients of the Mercola Natural Toothpaste you can only find on the Mercola site…

  •    Calcium carbonate – Mild abrasive for cleaning your teeth.

  •    Xylitol – Enhances flavor. More details on this amazing ingredient coming up.

  •    Organic Aloe Vera Juice – Helps to cleanse the teeth and gums while soothing your entire mouth.

  •    Sodium Bicarbonate (baking soda) – Promotes whitening and helps freshen your breath.

  •    Essential Oil Blend – Made from natural peppermint, eucalyptus, cardamom, and anise for breath freshening.

  •    Natural Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate (SLL) – Multi-purpose ingredient produced from coconut oil and food-grade all-natural   lactic acid. It creates foaming action. This is not the same as risky SLS (more on this coming up).

 •    Organic Tapioca Starch – Used traditionally in the West Indies as a basis for oral vitality.

 •    Carageenan – Natural red seaweed extract used to help thicken the toothpaste.

 •    Stevia Leaf Extract – A sugar free sweetener that actually helps clean teeth.

 •    Licorice Root Extract – Helps to freshen your breath.

 •    Tea Tree Oil –Promotes clean teeth.

 •    Tulsi Oil – Holy Basil prevents occasional bad breath and cleans your teeth.

So, not only is Mercola Natural Toothpaste fluoride-free, it’s also loaded with natural ingredients to promote brilliant white teeth and fresh breath.

Prior to going into the other components of the Mercola Natural Dental Kit, some of the toothpaste ingredients (listed above) merit a little more detail.

First of all here’s…

 

Why Tulsi is a Key Ingredient in Natural Toothpaste

 

If you’re a regular visitor to my site, you’re aware of the powerful benefits associated with Tulsi.

So, why did I include Tulsi in the Mercola Natural Toothpaste formula?

Because Tulsi oil potentially helps prevent occasional bad breath… just another plus when it comes to this amazing toothpaste.

 

Why I Chose Xylitol

One critical ingredient found in both the Mercola Natural Toothpaste and the Mercola Natural Mouthwash formulas is xylitol.

Xylitol adds to the flavor of the toothpaste and mouthwash.

Xylitol is not toxic… unlike fluoride.

Plus, because xylitol is a low glycemic sweetener, it is slowly absorbed and is metabolized independently of insulin. Therefore, xylitol may be suitable for diabetics as well as the general population. If you’re diabetic, always check with your health care professional prior to using any sweetener.

Including xylitol in both my natural toothpaste and mouthwash was a decision that should help enhance the cleanliness of most everyone’s teeth and mouth. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Dispelling SLL Misconceptions

Another ingredient that may raise some eyebrows because of its assumed closeness to a harsh chemical and irritant called sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), is sodium lauroyl lactylate (SLL).

Many people might confuse the two surfactants as being one and the same. However, nothing could be further from the truth.

Here’s a handy chart that should clear up some of this misconceptions, and further shows why SLL is a highly beneficial natural ingredient in Mercola Natural Toothpaste

Characteristic

SLL (in Mercola Natural Toothpaste)

SLS

Ingredient strength

Mild

Harsh chemical

Irritation level

Non-irritant

Considered a harsh irritant

Mutagenicity

Nonmutagenic

Mutagenic – creates favorable environment for bacteria and yeast

Can be sensitizing

No

Yes

Source

Produced from food-grade, all natural plant-based lactic acid and coconut oil

Produced from sulfuric acid

 

You should see from the above chart how different SLL and SLS are… it’s like comparing natural coconut oil to highly-processed vegetable oil.

Here are a few more details on how SLL is naturally produced…

•    Non-GMO corn is used to produce glucose – Through a natural fermentation process, lactic acid is generated.

•    Non-GMO coconut and/or palm kernels are used to produce oil –Through a natural process, fatty acids are produced and the resulting lauric acid is distilled.

•    Both the lactic and lauric acids are reacted together producing a 100% natural sodium lauroyl lactylate of exceptionally high-quality and purity.

This is further evidence of the uncompromising steps taken to ensure 100% natural ingredients are used in the Mercola Natural Toothpaste formula.

Importance of Alcohol-free Mouthwash and
Breath Spray

 

 

An area of some controversy involves the alcohol levels many mouthwashes and breath sprays contain.

 

Some levels are downright shocking, and many mouthwash and breath spray producers must go through a denaturing process to make the alcohol undrinkable.

Not so with Mercola Natural Mouthwash and Mercola Natural Breath Spray formulas… both formulas are alcohol-free. This is important as alcohol can lead to potential oral issues such as…

    Dry mouth

    Dehydration

    Irritation of gums, your tongue, and other oral tissues

In technical terms, alcohol-free means the formula does not contain ethyl alcohol (also known as ethanol, or grain alcohol). And both my mouthwash and breath spray are totally free from ethyl alcohol.

Stevia – The Superstar of All Sweeteners

In order to get kids, and most adults, to brush their teeth and rinse their mouths, some toothpaste and mouthwash producers include what I consider hazardous sweeteners to their products.

For instance, some mouthwashes contain sorbitol as a sweetener.

In toothpaste, what I consider to be risky sweeteners and flavoring agents such as Acesulfame-K, sucralose, aspartylphenylalanine methyl ester, alitame, and tagatose are added during the manufacturing process. These sweeteners are in the same class as saccharin, which I consider dangerous, and which was linked to cancer during clinical trials back in the 1970s.

I do realize the need for an appealing taste to toothpaste and mouthwash. But none of the conventional sweeteners are acceptable to me… and in my opinion, they should not be to you either.

That’s why I insisted all of the Mercola Natural Dental Kit products including mouthwash, breath spray, and toothpaste contain a natural, sugar-free substitute called stevia.

Stevia…

    Not only is a sugar free sweetener, it actually helps clean teeth and gums. How many sweeteners do you know can do that?

    Comes from a natural plant… not from some synthetic process like most artificial sweeteners.

•    Is several hundred times sweeter than sugar and has virtually no calories.

The extract made from the leaves of the stevia plant is, in my opinion, one of the best choices of sweeteners on the market.

Unlike aspartame and other artificial sweeteners that have been cited for dangerous toxicities, stevia is a safe, natural alternative that’s also ideal if you’re watching your weight, or if you’re maintaining your health by avoiding sugar.

I prefer stevia as my sweetener of choice and that’s why I made doubly-sure it was included in the Mercola Natural Dental Kit formula.

Why Your Dental Kit is Never Complete Without Natural Floss and a BPA-Free Toothbrush

 

 

Your dental kit would not be complete without floss and a toothbrush. I’ve chosen a natural floss that provides the following benefits…

 

        Vegan waxed using rice bran – 100% vegetable waxes are smoother and lighter for easy gliding between teeth – No fluoride coating.

 

        Nylon instead of silk – Silk can involve risky chemical sterilization while nylon is a clean and more effective floss.

 

        Long-lasting fresh peppermint and natural cinnamon flavors.

 

        Environmental friendly – Plastic-free and packaging is recyclable and biodegradable.

 

        Completely free of all animal source ingredients.

One thing to keep in mind, all floss is not created equal. And the Mercola Natural Dental Floss stands a breed apart with its all-natural blend of essential oils and enzymes.


The Mercola Natural Toothbrush is unique in the following ways…

 

    Ergonomic fit of toothbrush in your hand – Specially contoured to help reach those difficult to reach back teeth.

    Soft, natural nylon bristles – Provides effective brushing without damaging enamel or gums.

    A convenient tongue scraper – Cleaning your tongue is an important part of oral hygiene.

    BPA-free construction – No BPA used that I believe might prove hazardous to your oral health.

    Attractive design – Will look good in any bathroom setting and help entice you to brush your teeth twice daily.

With the Mercola Natural Dental Floss and Mercola Natural Toothbrush, your natural dental kit is complete and ready for you to use.