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What can I use besides toothpaste?

Dentists recommend a thorough hygiene regiment that includes toothpaste, mouthwash, floss and other approved dental products. However, if you do not have any toothpaste on hand, there are some household, pantry products that can help you give your mouth a good clean in a pinch.

Also, toothpaste has been a topic of huge debate over the last few years, with many arguing that its main ingredient, fluoride could be potentially harmful to one’s health. Many have resorted to finding either fluoride-free versions, or have opted for completely natural alternatives.


Sea Salt

A lesser known alternative top toothpaste is good, old sea salt. It isn’t the easiest taste to get used to, but is effective nonetheless.

Sea salt is one of the most natural toothpaste alternatives that you will find, says Standard Media. Dab your toothbrush in some sea salt and proceed to brush your teeth. You can also mix the sea salt in water before brushing if you are concerned about it being too abrasive.


Tooth Soap

Yes, tooth soap exists.

Tooth Soap contains no glycerine, silica (sand), sodium laurel sulphate, food dyes, fluoride, sweeteners, alcohols or additives. It is a 100% all natural product and is made with 70% organic ingredients.

Tooth Soap cleans your teeth and gums thoroughly and deep cleans fissures and pits.

According to Himalayan Crystal Salt, the coconut oil in Tooth Soap is as effective in fighting tooth decay and cavities as popular toothpastes that contain harsh chemicals. A random, controlled study published in 2016 found that coconut oil was as effective in reducing harmful bacteria (Streptococcus mutans) as chlorohexidine.


Herbal Tooth Powders

Herbal tooth powders can be used instead of toothpaste.

They do a good job of cleaning, and the herbal ingredients can also help ease inflammation, pain and infection in the mouth, Living The Nourished Life reports.