Take a peek at the back of a toothpaste tube. You’ll likely be surprised by what you see; most of us have no idea what exactly goes into toothpaste, although we happily put it into our mouths every day. Are all those chemical ingredients really safe for us to use?
While I definitely advocate the idea of brushing your teeth on a daily basis (twice a day is even better), I’m not sold on the idea of using commercial toothpaste. After a little research, it’s easy to see that some of these products might be doing more harm than good.
With that in mind, here are a few of the reasons I switched to using natural toothpaste…
Top 5 Reasons to Switch to Natural Toothpaste
Getting Off the Sodium Fluoride
Fluoride is thought to slow down the process of tooth decay, although even that’s not certain. Unfortunately, most commercial toothpastes use sodium fluoride which is nothing more than a byproduct derivative from industrial waste. Calcium fluoride, on the other hand, is totally safe (since it’s found in spring water), and it’s also non-toxic. There are a lot of natural toothpaste brands out there that use natural fluoride as an ingredient, so make sure you look out for these in the supermarket aisles.
Slimming Down on the Sugar
Saccharin, an artificial sweetener said to be 350 times sweeter than cane sugar, is also found in most commercial kinds of toothpaste. This petroleum-based ingredient was linked to cancer in the 1970’s, and even though a temporary ban was placed on the use of saccharin, it’s still being used in foods and soft drinks today. Most of us try and avoid consuming artificial sweeteners in our diets, so why not try and avoid consuming them in our toothpaste as well?
Loving and Leaving the Sulfates
Sodium lauryl sulfate is the ingredient that makes toothpaste foam up while you’re giving your teeth a good scrub. SLS may be to blame for damage to the mucus membranes in our mouths, and (ironically) it may also cause bad breath. People that have sensitive skin should be especially careful, as sulfate is well known for causing skin problems. And it’s not just used in commercial toothpaste brands. Check your soaps, shampoos, and moisturizers to make sure they’re also sulfate-free.
Saying Goodbye to Glycerin
Glycerin is present in many natural toothpastes as well as commercial ones, and it’s the ingredient that makes toothpaste taste a little less chalky and also keeps it moist. The problem with glycerin is that it may prevent remineralization. This, in turn, prevents the teeth from keeping themselves healthy and resisting tooth decay. So you’ll have to take a little care when picking out your natural toothpaste, to find one that’s free from glycerin.
And Saying Hello to Nature!
Mother Nature gave us some of the best ingredients out there to help us protect our bodies and live healthier lives; the natural anti-bacterial compounds found in natural toothpastes are great for dental health, as they protect your teeth against bacteria. If you want to take care of your teeth, or even make them whiter, there are greener and healthier alternatives out there. You can even try making your own toothpaste, if you like!
Why I Switched to Natural Toothpaste
For me, the switch from commercial toothpaste to a more natural alternative was a decision I made not only for my wellbeing, but for the sake of my family as well. I no longer put them all at risk of being exposed to dangerous chemicals and controversial ingredients.
Long gone are the days where I’d battle with sensitive teeth, and I never have to fret about the idea of my mouth feeling like it’s on fire (due to the wacky ingredients found in commercial toothpaste brands).
We all want a ‘million-dollar smile’. Since our smiles are one of the first things people notice about us, they need to look as good as they can if we want to make a dazzling first impression on the world. Luckily there are more natural ways to take care of our pearly whites!