Have you ever gotten a gross, sticky white film inside your mouth after brushing your teeth? I have. And I don’t like it one bit. I tried to research the cause of such a thing, and it looks like it might be a result of the type of toothpaste you are using. I’ve noticed that I don’t get it with every toothpaste I use, so I believe this cause has some merit. Here are some sources that might help to explain the cause:
- What is the White Discharge in My Mouth After Brushing? (DentaLux) | Wellness, Teeth
- Solution to Icky Mouth Scum Caused by Toothpaste (Essential Day Spa) | Wellness, Teeth
I can’t find an authoritative source on the issue, but nonetheless, I do believe the white film scum is a result of the type of toothpaste you use. My go-to toothpastes have always been Crest or Colgate, but I’m seriously considering switching to something more natural and good-for-you:
- Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps Toothpaste | Toothpaste
- Tom’s of Maine Toothpaste – Whole Care (this one is definitely a lot more budget friendly!) | Toothpaste
- Natural Tee Tree Oil & Neem Toothpaste (Dessert Essence) | Toothpaste
Other natural, healthy oral care products to consider using:
- Tea Tree Oil Floss (Desert Essence) | Floss
- Tom’s of Maine Floss | Floss
- Gum Eez Floss Threaders | Floss Threaders
- Tom’s of Maine Toothbrush – Soft, Tom’s of Maine Toothbrush – Medium | Toothbrush
- Radius Toothbrush – Soft, Radius Toothbrush – Medium | Toothbrush
- Preserve Toothbrush- Soft, Preserve Toothbrush – Medium | Toothbrush
- Dr. Tungs Stainless Steel Tongue Cleaner | Tongue Cleaner
A note: Soft bristled toothbrushes are the safest way to go, and it’s best to replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months. Store your toothbrushes in an upright position. Allow them to air dry after brushing. Sources: One | Two
The last time I went to the dentist was 8 months ago (it was pretty darn expensive!), and let’s just say, even though I brush and floss two times a day, my dental report was still pretty poor. Why was that? There can be many factors: diet, genetics, products, methods. So is there hope for me? What can I do? Well, here’s my thinking on where to start: Continue to brush (2 1/2 – 3 minutes) and floss with good methods, and at least two times a day; use a good toothpaste and other good oral products; eat well; and drink water. Ok, simple. I’ve got that. What else can I do? I’ve read that utilizing coconut oil, lemon water, and green tea can do wonders. Have you heard of oil pulling? I hadn’t either, so following are sources on oil pulling with coconut oil:
- Would You or Wouldn’t You: Swish with Coconut Oil (The Chalkboard Mag) | Wellness, Teeth
- Coconut Oil Pulling (Wellness Mama) | Wellness, Teeth
- The Benefits of Oil Pulling (FP Blog) | Wellness, Teeth
- Simplest Health Tip Ever: Why You Should Scrape Your Tongue (The Chalkboard Mag) | Wellness, Teeth
- Doctor Tung’s Tongue Cleaner (Amazon) | Product, Wellness, Teeth
This is quite intriguing, and I’m quite interested in adding coconut oil pulling and tongue scraping to my dental routine! Drinking green tea with lemon juice is also good to do for oral health.
So, what’s the routine?
Daily – Morning: Drink a glass of water upon waking; Rinse with coconut oil for 20 minutes and then spit out in a trash can (some sources recommend 1-2 teaspoons, others recommend 1 tablespoon); Rinse well with warm water; Scrape your tongue; Brush your teeth with a healthy toothpaste; Floss; Scrape your tongue
Daily – Throughout the day: Drink green tea – add some coconut oil, lemon juice, and/or honey to the tea
Daily – Evening: Brush your teeth with a healthy toothpaste; Floss; Scrape your tongue
Quarterly: Replace your toothbrush every three to four months
Twice-Yearly: Schedule an appointment with your dentist
There are many more sources on oral health and many more natural oral health care routines, but with this post, my hope is to have covered easy to do, getting-started basics.
What I need to do next: add good toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, and tongue cleaners to my grocery list. Continue to stock up on good coconut oil, lemon juice, green tea, and honey.
- Caring for My Teeth (Dental Health) | Wellness, Teeth
- Detox Your Mouth: 9 Holistic Treatments for Oral Health (The Chalkboard Mag) | Wellness, Teeth
- 4 Switches to Make to Your Mouth Care Routine (FP Blog) | Wellness, Teeth
Do you incorporate natural oral health care routines? What are they? I’d love to know! I’m also curious about using baking soda and warm salt water for oral health care – could be a future post!