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8 Oral-Health Tools for
Sparkling Teeth and Fresh Breath

We don’t doubt you have a well-maintained brushing routine. But if you feel like you could be doing more for your pearly whites, gums, tongue, and all the rest, we have some ideas: a tweak to your toothpaste, a ten-second tongue-scraping habit, and—if you’re ready to go all in—a two-week reset involving sachets of brilliantly minty coconut oil.

The Toothpastes

  1. First up, this toothpaste, which swaps out fluoride for an ingredient called nano-hydroxyapatite (n-Ha) that’s been the gold standard in Japanese dentistry for decades: It removes plaque, desensitizes, and works to remineralize teeth. On top of that, this toothpaste is free of parabens, SLS, and artificial flavors, and it’s subtly flavored with mint, green tea, and cardamom.

    BOKA Ela Mint Toothpaste goop, $12
    BOKA Ela Mint Toothpaste goop, $12
  2. The fact that this toothpaste is fluoride- and sulfate-free might just be a bonus, because it tastes amazing. Naturally flavored with peppermint, spearmint-leaf, and wintergreen-leaf oils, it freshens breath as it fights plaque. Plus, it comes with a chic metal key to roll the tube as you use it, and unlike conventional toothpastes, it has packaging that’s totally recyclable.

    Davids Premium Natural Toothpaste
    Davids Premium Natural Toothpaste goop, $10
  1. The Floss

    When your dentist asks if you floss, they can tell when you’re lying. But some people don’t have to: There’s a community of ardent flossers out there, and their loyalties lie with Cocofloss. Cocofloss is made from 500-plus polyester filaments that feel incredible—the floss itself is thicker than we were used to, but somehow it’s easier to slide between teeth. Coated in coconut oil, it smells (faintly) of natural coconut, mint, and other flavors. Once you try it, you’ll never go back.

    Cocofloss Cocofloss goop, $9
  2. The Toothbrush

    Our nonelectric toothbrush of choice is made of bamboo—which requires less water, land, and labor to cultivate than wood—and it has natural bristles instead of plastic ones. We like to keep a few of these on hand for travel and for house guests.

    OLAS Bamboo Toothbrush
    OLAS Bamboo Toothbrush goop, $8
  3. The Tongue Cleaner

    This stainless-steel loop is made to scrape buildup off the tongue—an Ayurvedic practice for oral care and fresh breath. It’s built with two little handles for greater control, and it comfortably reaches all the way to the back of the mouth. You can always clean your tongue with your toothbrush, but this delivers a nicer sensation than a toothbrush’s bristles, and it feels like it does a better job, too.

    BOKA Rasana Tongue Cleaner
    BOKA Rasana Tongue Cleaner goop, $9
  4. The Mouthwash

    Inspired by his love for the ocean and passion for sustainability, dentist and surfer Christopher Perez created this gentle oral rinse to treat our mouths—our “inner oceans”—with kindness. Instead of drying alcohols, Perez formulated the rinse with rich sea salts, blue-green algae, seaweed extracts, echinacea, and essential oils. It smells faintly like the sea and gives you that clean feeling you’re after. Grab the smaller, stashable travel-size for your work bag or carry-on, too.

     OLAS Marine Bio-Active Mouthrinse
    OLAS Marine Bio-Active Mouthrinse goop, $24
  5. The Oil Pulling Kit

    Give it two weeks and you’ll swear by oil pulling, the Ayurvedic oral-health practice of swishing oil in your mouth to get rid of excess ama, or buildup. Included in this oil pulling kit are fourteen sachets of bright, minty coconut oil with essential oils from lemon, chamomile, and myrrh. The kit is designed to be used for fourteen consecutive days for a full-mouth reset. Every day, before you floss and brush, just tear open a packet, pour the oil into your mouth, and swirl it around for five to fifteen minutes before spitting it into the trash. (Coconut oil can clog your sink drain.) After the first fourteen days, swish twice a week to maintain the results.

    Keeko Morning Mint Oil Pulling Sachets
    Keeko Morning Mint Oil Pulling Sachets goop, $39
  6. The Whitening Strips

    These whitening strips use plant-derived ingredients to whiten teeth instead of the hydrogen peroxide or other irritating chemicals typically found in mainstream brands. With Lumineux strips, you get natural whitening from the combination of coconut oil, mineral-packed Dead Sea salt, soothing aloe vera, and essential oils from mint, clove, and basil. They’re well-suited for sensitive teeth and safe for mouths with composites, veneers, and crowns.

    Oral Essentials Lumineux Whitening Strips
    Oral Essentials Lumineux Whitening Strips goop, $38

This article is for informational purposes only. It is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice. To the extent that this article features the advice of physicians or medical practitioners, the views expressed are the views of the cited expert and do not necessarily represent the views of goop.