We are always encouraged to brush our teeth, floss, use mouth rinses that contain harsh chemicals, and chew aspartame containing gum in order to keep our teeth healthy - but did you know there are other options?
You can keep your teeth healthy using natural products. For example, instead of using gum that contains aspartame, you can chew gum made of stevia. You can replace your chemical-ridden toothpaste with products that are based on aloe vera instead. This will help to keep your gums healthy, while at the same time preventing cavities.
There is a lot of debate about the healthiness of products that contain fluoride.
For a long time, it was the norm to add fluoride to drinking water in western Europe, but in the last several years this has changed, and now around 97% of the population live in areas where fluoride is not added to their water. Following this change, dental health appears to have actually improved - most likely as a result of better education around dental health issues.
My local dentist in Houston always recommended that I use organic non flouride toothpaste as he leans more towards more natural ingredients.
This has led many to question the value of adding fluoride to mouth rinses and toothpastes.
Certainly, most 'natural' dental care products will not include fluoride, or triclosan - another controversial additive which is thought to strengthen teeth, but which can break down into chloroform when it comes into contact with chlorine, which is added to tap water.
If you are concerned about your dental health, but don't want to be exposed to the kinds of chemicals that are in the average mouth wash or toothpaste, then look for organic, all-natural products that are based on herbs instead. There are plenty of options out there, and the latest evidence suggests that they are just as effective as their chemical based cousins.