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More and more research seems to surface every day that fluoride should be avoided. Using a good water filtration system or sticking to spring water is a great way to avoid the big dose of fluoride you get from tap water. Eating fresh food and using fluoride-free toothpaste are also good first steps. 

And if you’re still concerned about your dental hygiene and keeping your teeth strong and healthy there are actually far better natural alternatives. Here are the top 5: 

1. Neem

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Neem is nothing short of amazing. One study suggests a neem mouthwash could even outperform a traditional dental product when it comes to reducing plaque! [1] Other studies suggest it has almost miraculous properties when it comes to approaching gingivitis. [2] If you want to check it out, one easy way is to look for fluoride-free toothpaste with neem leaf extract.

2. Coconut oil

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Coconut oil already has antibacterial properties and is much safer than the endocrine-disrupting triclosan found in many fluoridated toothpastes. You can even use coconut oil as toothpaste if you like! Research suggests it can actually slow the growth of some bacteria that can lead to tooth decay. [3] Another study suggests oil pulling–or oil swishing–with coconut oil can also lead to a significant decrease in overall plaque. [4]

3. Ozonated Olive Oil

Olive oil has long been hailed for its moisturizing benefits, and this type actually takes that one step further with a process called ozone injection. This process bubbles ozone into the liquid for quite a while before it even gets to you. Ozonated olive oil is just one way we can use dental ozone therapy. One study even suggests this therapy could be more effective than traditional dental methods, so why not try the best of both worlds with a product like O2-Zap paired with a fluoride-free toothpaste. [5]

4. Oregano Oil

Often used to fight infection in the body, oregano oil can be highly beneficial for dental issues and can be used to soothe toothaches, abscesses, and mouth sores. Because of its potency, though, always be sure that you dilute it with something like olive oil. You can even use it like a mouthwash, spitting it out after you’ve swished it around your mouth.

5. Myrrh

Used to combat bad breath, myrrh can be found in some fluoride-free toothpastes on the market. You might wonder exactly how it works. Well, one of the compounds in myrrh is actually toxic to all the things that can cause bad breath. And, like many of the supplements listed here, it could also help with gum health. Research shows it’s effective in fighting periodontal disease. [6] A high-quality product, like Fresh Mouth, not only contains myrrh, but also a blend of other ingredients to support a healthy mouth.

This article was republished with permission from the Global Healing Center

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