Among the micro-plastics that numerous toothpastes contain, nylon and Teflon from dental floss and floss, the different cans and containers of all of them, and the 5 kilos of toothbrushes that we throw away throughout our lives, have breath Fresh and white teeth leaves a great environmental footprint.
In addition, many of these oral hygiene products contain chemicals that are harmful to health. For this reason, it is important to choose natural and ecological products, much healthier for you and for the planet.
The good news is that it is very easy to reduce the plastic we consume when taking care of our mouth. Here we leave you 4 very effective tips:
1. Change your toothbrush for a biodegradable one. There are 100% biodegradable toothbrushes that will allow you to compost them when you change them. These brushes are not suitable for vegans since the only option, today, with biodegradable bristles are those that come from animals. There are also bamboo toothbrushes whose handle is 100% biodegradable but which have nylon bristles4 (despite what is advertised in many stores, unfortunately there are no brushes with 100% bamboo bristles to this day). The only 100% vegan and plastic-free option are the roots and branches of the Arak tree (Salvadora Persica) that used as brushes have the name Miswak or Siwak.
2. Use natural silk floss. Nylon and Teflon in classic dental floss and floss represent a very important pollution for the oceans.
3. Switch to 100% plastic-free toothpaste. There are many recipes to make homemade toothpaste (we leave you ours below). And if you don't feel like doing it yourself, you can find solid tubeless toothpaste and 100% natural. There are brands that sell pasta in bulk to refill the container.
4. Avoid industrial rinses. There are many homemade and natural recipes to keep your mouth fresh and fight bacteria. For example, mixing water with a little baking soda (3 teaspoons per cup of water) and three drops of peppermint essential oil.
With these 4 tips you can remove all the plastic when brushing your teeth. Ahead!
Our homemade toothpaste recipe:
• White clay, that is for internal use, also known as kaolin or kaolin. It is disinfectant, revitalizing, remineralizing, soothing, and contains trace elements that are involved in the formation and preservation of teeth. It prevents bacterial and microbial proliferation and strengthens the body's defenses. Also great as a mouthwash.
• Salvia, which has antiseptic, anti-inflammatory properties for gums, mouth ulcers and sores, as well as pharyngitis.
• Thyme, which also has antiseptic properties. It is used for halitosis, inflammation of the mouth, canker sores (small ulcers or sores), caring for the teeth and gums, or washing wounds.
• Peppermint essential oil, which calms dental pain and has a cooling effect, as well as counteracting bad breath.
• Sea salt, which increases the action of clay and is used as a natural medicine for mouth and throat inflammations.
• Sodium Bicarbonate, which is used to treat Periodontitis (which occurs when inflammation or infection of the gums (gingivitis) is allowed to progress without treatment), Tartar, or Canker Sores.
• Make an infusion with sage and thyme, (a glass of boiling water with a small spoon of sage and thyme for 4 minutes). Let stand until the water is lukewarm.
• Filter the infusion using a metal or gauze strainer.
• In a bowl, add two tablespoons of infusion, 2 drops of mint essence, a pinch of sea salt and a pinch of baking soda.
• Next, add, little by little, 3 tablespoons of white clay while stirring, with a small spatula, until a uniform texture is achieved. You can add more clay or a few drops of infusion to achieve the desired texture.
• Put in a suitable container (a small glass jar for example) and keep in a cool place.
• Use the paste like a normal toothpaste, lightly moistening the toothbrush.
Tips to keep in mind:
• It lasts long as long as we keep it in the fridge but we can take it on a trip without problems.
• Baking soda is abrasive and can damage tooth enamel if abused. Therefore, it is recommended to add a small amount or make an alternative paste without it, exchanging its use.
• Sage and thyme can be substituted for lavender or calendula (each has different properties).
• The essential oil of peppermint can be substituted for peppermint, orange, cinnamon, cloves or eucalyptus. And add more quantity (without abusing) if we want an extra fresh breath.
• You can add some Stevia leaves if we want to sweeten the mixture.