Cleaning and deodorizing the mouth effectively is actually pretty easy when someone uses Modere toothpaste and mouthwash correctly (at least twice a day) because the toothpaste and mouthwash contain ingredients that are known to kill microorganisms, destroy biofilms, neutralize (not mask) odors and even whiten, or at least brighten, teeth. It’s comforting to know this paste is EWG.ORG verified as well, which means it has no harmful ingredients!
Most people have experienced burning and strong flavors with most commercial mouthwashes they may have used. These mouthwashes are designed to mask unpleasant odors with a stronger one. When one uses a mouthwash that doesn’t burn or sting and has just the slightest hint of flavor, they may interpret this as its not working. WRONG! Its working but it must be used long enough to activate it and let it do its job of cleansing and deodorizing the mouth.
Modere toothpaste is pleasant tasting as well as exceedingly safe and effective, and to be used by all ages. While no warnings are necessary on this toothpaste, it is recommended that the mouth be rinsed thoroughly after use, and “do not swallow” the paste.
This toothpaste (and its partner mouthwash) is the only EWG verified safe toothpaste (and mouthwash) in the world at the present time, and while I don’t personally know who developed this formula several years ago, based upon how safe it is and how well it works, they were INSPIRED! This toothpaste is so good, its actually an experience, and because so little is used for brushing, a tube may last a user two to three months brushing at least twice, and preferably three times a day.
Now we know that bacteria, toxins, odors and biofilms exist everywhere in the mouth, so with the objective being to thoroughly cleanse and deodorize the mouth, brushing the teeth thoroughly with a small (pea sized) amount of Modere Toothpaste is an excellent start (one ingredient in the paste is activated by acidity so a small amount used longer offers superior results). Gentle brushing with a soft brush is best (or a power brush). Take your time and let the ingredients in the paste deliver all the benefits that were designed into it.
Spit out the excess toothpaste, but do not rinse yet. Allow the residual paste more time to deliver a positive effect. This is a good time to floss because the residuaL toothpaste will be scrubbed down between the teeth where decay can develop between the teeth. This important step also places the toothpaste into the microscopic gaps that exist around fillings and crowns where decay can develop.
Since most plaque and odor is on the tongue in most people, I recommend scraping the tongue until all the gooey and stinky stuff is off. Hint: stick your tongue out and go way back there. Yes, you’ll likely gag at first, but many get over this and tongue scraping just becomes routine. I’ve found some tongue scrapers to be way more effective than others and please note that the first time you scrape it may not be pleasant because odors may be quite noticeable, and these same odors can make the tongue inflamed to the point where some bleeding my occur the first few times its scraped. This is not surprising because it’s known that stinky gases (volatile sulfur compounds, or VSC) activate an enzyme called collagenase that breaks down collagen, and collagen is in every tissue in the body.
The last step is to vigorously rinse with a capful of the Modere mouthwash (and I do mean be forceful!) Swish for at least forty-five seconds, then empty. At this point you should have a noticeably clean, fresh mouth and the sheer number of organisms in the mouth has been dramatically reduced. If your mouth DOES NOT feel super clean, you likely don’t have enough acidity to activate the mouthwash thoroughly. In a cup mix a drop or two of lemon juice (or extract) into a capful of mouthwash and then swish for forty-five seconds. Be sure to rinse the mouth with water afterwards to get any residual acetic acid from the lemon juice off the teeth.
Follow these steps two, or even three times a day. All the products are totally safe, so just be gentle brushing, scrape your tongue and enjoy what a clean fresh mouth feels like!
Sorbitol is a sugar alcohol that is used as a substitute for sugar, and is often found in sugar-free cakes and candy. In toothpaste, sorbitol helps make the flavor more appealing. Sorbitol also helps bind the ingredients of the toothpaste together. As a sweetener, sorbitol does not feed the bacteria in the mouth, and thus does not increase the risk of dental decay and gum disease.
The U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recognizes sorbitol as safe, but if consumed in large quantities it can cause G.I. discomfort such as bloating, diarrhea and gas.
Toothpastes contain water to help keep the toothpaste from drying out.
3. HYDRATED SILICA
Hydrated silica is a totally safe abrasive that works well as a whitening and tooth cleaning agent.
Xylitol is a totally safe sweetener that can reduce the risk of getting cavities by starving the bacteria that cause tooth decay (Streptococcus mutans).
This bacteria uses xylitol for food, but because xylitol produces no metabolic energy to support life whatsoever, the bacterium not only dies, but it also unable to produce the acid that causes tooth decay. Xylitol used often enough, such as three or more three times a day, and over a period of a few months, can actually alter the oral ecology to become healthier.
Xylitol can also stimulate salivary flow thus helping dry mouth. Because xylitol also reduces biofilms as well as reducing the adhesion (stickiness) of microorganisms to teeth and gums, over time the health of the teeth and mouth may improve because of fewer total microorganisms as well as fewer bacteria that can cause disease. Approved by the FDA in 1963, xylitol may eventually become well known as an oral health superstar.
5. SODIUM COCO SULFATE (SCS)
SCS is a detergent and cleaning agent that facilitates cleansing. EWG ranks SCS at a 1 (lowest risk possible, 10 is the highest risk) because there’s no risk of cancer from this ingredient, no developmental or reproductive toxicity and no allergies or immunotoxicity.
6. MENTHA PIPERITA OIL
Peppermint oil is known to be exceptionally powerful for fighting oral pathogens and killing bacteria. Because of this beneficial property, the regular and proper use of this ingredient can reduce the incidence of tooth decay and gum disease. Peppermint oil is also a flavoring agent that adds a little zing to the product.
7. CALCIUM GLYCEROPHOSPHATE
This important ingredient serves to donate the calcium ions and inorganic phosphate required to help rebuild the healthy tooth structure through remineralization. In other terms, it can be said this ingredient can actually help repair enamel. Additionally, since tooth decay starts with demineralization and calcium glycerophosphate not only inhibits that (cariostatic), it also inhibits other bacterial activity in dental plaque.
8. CELLULOSE GUM
Cellulose gum is a thickening agent with virtually no known harmful side effects.
This amino acid has been described as “a magical weapon in the war against oral microbial disease” in a very well respected dental hygienist publication, (RDH magazine, Jan. 1, 2019). Frequent oral use of this ingredient has the ability to shift the oral ecology rather quickly by bringing the oral pH to 7, or neutral. This is important because the organisms responsible for tooth decay and oral fungal infections require an acidic environment. A neutral pH virtually eliminates the ability of these organisms to cause disease. Arginine is also beneficial because a neutral pH allows for the possibility of desensitization of tooth root structure as well as the remineralization of enamel. It would be easy to see why people who have been plagued by either tooth decay or oral fungal infections, or both, might view being able to eliminate these problems with an arginine containing toothpaste as being magical!
10. REBAUDOSIDE A
This safe sweetening ingredient is derived from stevia and is important because it does not support dental caries (tooth decay).
11. SODIUM CHLORITE
When this important ingredient is exposed to acidity, a complex chemical reaction can occur producing several chemical species, one of which is a very effective oxidizer CLO2, or chlorine dioxide. CLO2 is incredibly effective at killing ALL single celled microorganisms, breaks down and destroys biofilms, virtually eliminates odors by neutralizing them, and can and does whiten some users teeth, oftentimes dramatically so. Using a toothpaste with sodium chlorite in it can be quite interesting because such a small amount of toothpaste used for 90-120 seconds can produce such noticeable effects whereas using a large amount for less time won’t. Because acid is required to “activate” the sodium chlorite, it is recommended that just a pearl sized drop of paste be used, and used long enough for it to help clean and deodorize the teeth and mouth.
12. CHLOROPHYLLIN-COPPER COMPLEX
This FDA-approved ingredient is used to reduce odors.