Tooth oil and tooth balm
Updated: Mar 27, 2021
With what do you brush your teeth twice a day? A regular toothpaste might be your answer. Isn´t it incredible how many different ingredients are in such a toothpaste? Many of them containing microplastic, formaldehyde releasers, artificial preservatives or the like. Looking at the toothpaste I have been using so far, it says the chemical ingredients are sorbitol, hydrated silica, disodium pyrophosphate, sodium lauryl sulfate, aroma, sodium hydroxide, cellulose gum, sodium saccharin, sodium fluoride, carbomer, mica, limonene and so on. Well, to use a “regular” toothpaste has always been my answer until I tried out oil pulling, a natural alternative.
Now what is this oil pulling? Oil pulling is an ancient practice in Ayurveda, the traditional medicine system from India. You swish oil in your mouth to remove bacteria and improve dental hygiene. The oil “pulls” bacteria from the mouth, hence inhibiting caries attack onto your tooth enamel.
Which oils can you use? The recently most used oil is coconut oil, but also sesame oil or olive oil. I have tried a product with a combination of mint oil, stern anis oil and eucalyptus oil and with curcuma. My teeth are cleaner than ever and I use it as a substitute for my regular toothpaste. If you know me, I always paid special attention to my teeth as I believe that the teeth are your business card reflecting your overall health and looks. Although I am convinced of tooth oil in this composition, I wouldn´t yet offer it to my children who are still small and where I still need to debate with them every single day about the taste of their regular toothpaste. I have offered so many different ones to them already, but I guess they will not that fast become big fans of toothpaste and brushing teeth.
So how do you apply tooth oil? You first take a tea spoon of tooth oil and swish it around in your mouth with your tongue covering each single tooth and also pulling the oil through the interdental spaces. Next you take your water wetted toothbrush and brush your teeth as usual. In order to not impact the environment, please spit out the oil onto a tissue and discard it in the receptacle bin and not into the sink. And guess what, from now on even your waste receptable will have the best smell ever!
Not every tooth oil product can be used as a substitute to natural tooth oil which can reduce plaque and gum inflammation and prevent the tooth discoloring. Always make sure that the product has been tested, approved and certified by an independent research laboratory.
If you are not sure whether you will like it or not, do the same as I do before leaving the house: Take two drops of your tooth oil product and swish it in your mouth without ridding or water purging it. You will no longer need a chewing gum to achieve a pleasant breath.
The perfect duo for your mouth and tooth hygiene you achieve by applying a tooth balm after your tooth oil treatment. The tooth balm you use like a regular tooth paste but it contains no chemicals or scent additives or alike which are not necessary for your body and health or our environment.
You would like to try it out?
There are sample sizes of the tooth oil available here. You even receive a EUR 5 voucher which you can use for your first order.