Now that we’re in the future, we know better than to rely on only fluoride to keep our mouths fresh and our teeth pearly white. Many recent studies have found that prolonged use of fluoride can lead to detrimental side effects. Because of these highly undesirable potential side effects, companies have invested in oral care products with alternative ingredients that are just as effective as fluoride.
Southeast Asian cultures have been using the oil pulling technique for thousands of years, with coconut oil being the top-rated oil for contributing to a clean, healthy mouth. Oil pulling involves taking a teaspoon of coconut oil in your mouth and swishing it around for at least 10 minutes. However, some companies are starting to capitalize on the benefits of coconut oil and making a mouthwash with coconut oil as the main ingredient. Coconut oil makes for such a great mouthwash because it kills harmful oral bacteria that causes plaque and leads to cavities.
Xylitol is a natural sweetener derived from the fibrous part of corn stalks and cobs. Unlike other sweeteners, it doesn’t break down into an acid, instead, it breaks down like a fiber. Xylitol promotes pH balance in your mouth, which creates an ideal environment for good bacteria to grow—the kind of bacteria that fight off harmful bacteria.
We have all encountered mint at some point in our journey toward a healthier mouth. Of course, with its prominence in mouthwashes, chewing gums and—well, mints—we all know that it helps freshen the breath. But mint also helps kill harmful bacteria, which prevents cavities. Mint also acts an anti-inflammatory, which means it can reduce swelling in the gums, thus reducing your chances of contracting gum disease.
Like coconut oil, turmeric has been used in oral health care for centuries in India and other Southeast Asian cultures. One of the leading symptoms of gum disease is actually inflamed gums, which turmeric can ease. Furthermore, turmeric has been found to kill oral cancer cells, even cells that have been resistant to other forms of treatment. There are also rumors that turmeric naturally whitens teeth.
Baking soda solves it all: it whitens teeth, treats plaque, and cures bad breath. Bad breath is usually caused by the residue that sticks to the teeth which creates an acid buildup. Baking soda can rebalance the mouth’s pH levels, which then freshens the breath. By the same token, baking soda kills harmful bacteria that leads to plaque, reducing your risk of cavities and gum disease.
Try our fluoride-free mouthwash
Yes, you read that right, we created an alkaline mouthwash that is fluoride free with coconut oil, xylitol, mint, turmeric, and baking soda. This special combination of ingredients creates an alkaline environment in your mouth to protect your tooth enamel and prevent cavities. Give Alka-White a try today!