This post is sponsored by leading dentitst Karl Jobst, Grove, OK.
Oral health is incredibly important during pregnancy, but it can easily slip through the cracks amidst all the changes mothers experience. I chronically forget to floss when I’m not pregnant and pregnancy has only exacerbated my condition... But, I’ve managed to stay cavity free with some of my favorite natural oral health practices.
For starters, oil pulling is my go-to way to whiten my teeth without harsh chemicals. After pulling (swishing coconut oil around for 20 minutes) my teeth feel noticeably cleaner and a week and a half into my daily pulling journey, I noticed whiter and more sparkly smile! I’ll admit it’s quite a challenge to spend 20 minutes without talking, especially with the never ending train of “mommy…” questions, but I’ve found it helpful to pull in the shower. This maximizes time and cleanliness!
I also ditched conventional toothpaste nearly three years ago and started to make my own! I have been using Wellness Mama’s recipe and have had great success. When I first jumped in, purchasing the ingredients with strange names felt pricey, but I’m still stocked up able to make plenty more paste. When you compare the cost of buying “natural” toothpaste for years, you’ll feel the difference in your wallet!
The main ingredients* are:
You can read the full recipehere.
I store the toothpaste in these nifty tubes*, but I've found that the paste does harden a bit after a few days, so a glass jar with a lid is just as suitable!
The most unusual part about this natural paste is that you CAN’T spit it in the sink! The combo of bentonite clay and coconut oil can make a mess of your plumbing, so you’ll want to spit this straight in the trash and save yourself a headache!
My third and final natural tip is to make a bentonite clay rinse, which I use instead of Listerine. According to Dr. Axe, Bentonite clay can be used as a powerful mouth wash because, “bentonite clay binds to unhealthy substances in the mouth…around the teeth and on the tongue and gums, and helps to remove them before you swallow them and become sick.” Bentonite clay also has antibacterial properties which make it effective in natural toothpastes and mouthwashes alike!
The funny thing about working with bentonite clay, whether in toothpaste or mouth wash, is that you can’t use metal to stir, scoop it. Bentonite clay is made of negatively charged molecules which binds together with toxins that have are positively charge. This enables bentonite clay to effectively remove toxins in the body and mouth and is even used to aide in the clean up toxic chemical spills-but if your toothpaste or mouth wash comes in contact with metal before reaching your mouth, it looses it’s effectiveness! So I utilize my kids plastic spoons to mix up the toothpaste and mouth wash!
Whether you’re into natural or conventional dentistry, regular check-ups are important in early detection and keeping those pearly whites white! Be sure to find a dentist like Karl Jobst, who knows the importance of a winning smile. You can even receive a complimentary consultation, x-ray, and exam worth $100! Learn more about Karl Jobst and his practice, Grand Lake Dental, and keep showing off your beautiful smile!
Have a great week!
Is a wife, mother of four, author of Re:Birth, and lover of afternoon naps.