Natural products — those made without chemicals that can be harmful — have been incredibly popular in the past few years. Toothpaste is no exception. Although traditional toothpastes are perfectly safe when used properly, many people feel more comfortable using a toothpaste with more plant and mineral-derived ingredients. So, what’s in a natural toothpaste, and do they actually work? We’ve got the scoop below!
It’s true that while regular toothpastes are perfectly safe for normal use, they can be harmful if large amounts are swallowed. People with particularly sensitive teeth or gums, or those who prefer chemical-free products, often turn to natural toothpastes to clean their teeth. However, the ingredients in these formulas vary wildly. Some are fluoride-free, while others contain fluoride or contain ingredients like sodium lauryl sulfate, glycerin, or titanium dioxide, which can be irritating to some mouths. In contrast, most natural toothpastes rely on essential oils, baking soda and/or hydrogen peroxide for whitening and cleaning away of stains, food particles, and tartar.
So, Do They Work?
Yes, natural toothpastes can be effective for whitening teeth and keeping bacteria and tartar at bay. However, for the most effective clean, be sure to do your research. Look up several different natural toothpastes online and take a look at the ingredients to make sure they don’t contain any substances you know will irritate your mouth. Remember, the word “natural” can be quite vague, and many “natural” toothpastes can still contain harmful ingredients. If you find an ingredient you’re not sure about, look it up on the Environmental Working Group’s Cosmetics Database to see what the details are, and whether it’s safe for you. Of course, you can also contact us for any toothpaste questions as well!