By Dr. Ginger's Team / October 10, 2022
The human body and your oral microbiome are miraculous things. Made up of trillions of cells, bacteria, viruses, and various microscopic organisms; it almost makes us wonder if we’re more human or more organized bacteria.
But we’ll spare you the dive into philosophy and get straight to the point. The purpose of this article is to give you information on treating the millions/billions of bacteria in the mouth—both good and bad. Which leads us to ask: what is the best mouthwash for your oral microbiome?
Dr. Ginger’s Coconut Oil Mouthwash supports good oral bacteria, allowing for a healthy oral microbiome that deals with plaque & gingivitis naturally.
Besides making your mouth happy with its delicious flavor? There are a whole host of reasons, but first let’s start by working backwards:
Chocked full of organic coconuts, organic mints, organic aloe, xylitol and pure water, Dr. Ginger’s Coconut Oil Mouthwash is noticeably missing the common additives found in conventional big brand mouthwashes.
Looking at the three terms above: “sterilizing,” “antiseptic,” and “disinfectant,” we can see old and outdated understandings of health.
Even now in the 21st century, the idea that a “sanitized body = healthy” still persists.
Now don’t get us wrong here, sanitized surfaces, cooking utensils, doctors’ instruments, etc., are still a good idea! Of course! But a “sanitized mouth?” Not so much. And we think you’re here reading this because you’re one of the many who understand that microbiome health (oral microbiome health) is not about ridding yourself of bacteria, but instead supporting the bacteria that improves your health.
To further support this idea, we want to highlight something that many sources, including the NIH (National Institute of Health) have been studying since the massive influx of disinfectants was introduced during the pandemic of 2020 (and even before that): that disinfectants interrupt the microbiome.
Directly from the NIH itself:
“In conclusion, antiseptic and disinfectant products are expected to be detrimental on microbiome patterns in human, animal and environment.”
Here are a few antiseptic
chemicals…erhmmm…”ingredients” you won’t find in Dr. Ginger’s Mouthwash:
“Coconut Oil” sounds a lot friendlier than “cetylpyridinium chloride.”
Many of the above listed chemicals were developed for sterilization purposes within the last 120 years. But there are other ingredients present in mouthwash that we think shouldn’t be there.
For example, blue dye #1 is used to enhance the color of foods and drinks in order to make them more appealing (usually to children). It’s a marketing gimmick, and provides no health benefit whatsoever.
Healthline reports that the safety of blue dye #1 (and other dyes) is, at best, highly controversial, and that many of the tests done on food dye safety were done over 50 years ago.
According to Healthline:
“Artificial food dyes are petroleum-derived substances that give color to food. The safety of these dyes is highly controversial.”
“Artificial food dye consumption is on the rise, especially among children. Consuming too much food dye containing contaminants could pose a health risk.”
Which has us over here thinking, tsk tsk on those tricky marketing tactics.
Here are some of the common ingredients added to conventional mouthwashes for marketing purposes:
Again, you won’t fine any of these in Dr. Ginger’s Coconut Oil Mouthwash.
Aqua (Pure Water), Cocos Nucifera (Organic Coconut) Oil, Glycerin (from plants), Xylitol, Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe) Leaf Juice, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Citric Acid, Sodium Lauryl Sarcosinate, Zinc Chloride, Natural Flavors.
According to Dr. Ginger Price, DDS, (owner and formulator of Dr. Ginger’s Coconut Oil Oral Care products), her mouthwash supports the oral microbiome by not using chemical disruptors in the first place.
She agrees with many other doctors and dentists that encourage their patients to allow the body time and space to heal and regulate itself.
Dr. Ginger’s Coconut Oil Mouthwash uses a special coconut oil + xylitol blend that creates a luxuriously smooth coating on your teeth and gums, promoting fresh breath and supporting a healthy mouth environment.
“Plaque cannot adhere to coconut oil, and gingivitis cannot digest xylitol. So, covering your teeth and gums with these two ingredients promotes an environment that discourages plaque and gingivitis, while boosting your helpful oral microbiome flora and fauna with the several noted benefits of coconut oil pulling.”
– Dr. Ginger Price, DDS
So in conclusion, the best mouthwash for your oral microbiome is the mouthwash that does not disrupt the natural abilities of the oral microbiome itself, instead assists in providing a healthy environment for your mouth microbiome to thrive.
On top of it, you still want the fresh breath and clean feeling mouth you can expect from a good mouthwash, which of course, which Dr. Ginger’s knocks out of the park.