These days, people are looking for new ways to go green—not just as a way to protect the Earth, but for possible advantages for their own health as well. As a result, many consumers have begun to show an interest in organic, herbal and all-natural” toothpastes.
Natural toothpastes offer other alternatives as well. In terms of flavors, they go beyond the traditional mint tastes associated with ordinary toothpaste. You can find natural toothpastes that taste like cinnamon, fennel, and funky fruit flavors (without the addition of dyes or artificial flavors).
What makes herbal and organic toothpastes different?
Due to the increased demand for natural products, most major toothpaste manufacturers now produce natural or plant-derived toothpastes that do not contain dyes or artificial flavors. Some of these toothpastes are also certified organic as well, meaning they are made with ingredients that are not treated with growth hormones, chemicals or pesticides.
There is usually no difference in the texture or consistency of these toothpastes when compared to conventional toothpaste. However, there are differences in color and flavor. Most natural toothpastes do not look pristine white, but have a range of colors. They also tend to taste more herbal and less sweet.
What are the main ingredients in organic toothpaste?
Many herbal toothpastes do not contain fluoride or sodium lauryl sulfate. The ingredients found in natural toothpastes vary widely but often include baking soda, aloe, eucalyptus oil, myrrh, plant extracts, and essential essences like peppermint and tea tree oil.
Two more popular herbal toothpaste ingredients are sorbitol, a natural, plant-derived substance that’s typically used as a flavoring and sugar substitute, and glycerin. Glycerin can be natural or synthetically made, and can be sourced from all vegetable or animal fats.
Why Is Fluoride Not In Natural And Herbal Toothpastes?
Because fluoride is a mineral found largely in the earth’s crust, it is not considered a plant-derived substance, although when fluoride exists naturally in ground water, it can find its way into plants and herbs. As such, some natural and herbal toothpastes do include fluoride when it’s naturally plant-derived.
Skipping Traditional Toothpaste? Be Extra Careful Not To Skip Check-ups.
Many studies still have yet to be done before the effectiveness of non-fluoride pastes will gain the degree of widespread acceptance that fluoride ones have. Until then, it’s particularly important to stick to a twice-daily brushing and flossing routine, in addition to regular dental checkups every six months to keep your teeth and gums healthy. In between visits, follow these tips:
- Brush and floss your teeth after each meal (or at the very least, be sure to rinse out your mouth with water afterwards)
- Avoid snacking between meals
- Consume mineral-dense foods such as green leafy vegetables and green drinks
- Eat calcium rich foods (almonds, sesame seeds, figs, etc)