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6 Reasons to Switch to a Natural or Organic Toothpaste

If you're ready for a change, here are six reasons to switch to toothpaste with natural ingredients.

Date:   1/13/2022 6:41:16 AM   ( 7 mon ) ... viewed 103 times




When you're taking care of your teeth the way you should, you're brushing at least twice per day. So if your teeth are so healthy, why do you still experience tender gums and less than perfect breath? Mouth issues can surface because of the type of toothpaste you're using. Most mainstream pastes contain ingredients you'd be better off without, but people are conditioned to using them. If you're ready for a change, here are six reasons to switch to toothpaste with natural ingredients. 

1. Less Mouth Irritation

One of the most common complaints when it comes to oral care is mouth sensitivity and burning. Many times you don't need to look any further than your toothpaste for the source of irritation. Everyday toothpaste contains an ingredient called sodium lauryl sulfate. This ingredient is used in a variety of products such as shampoos, body washes and toothpaste and produces a foaming action. Unfortunately, sodium lauryl sulfate is akin to detergent and can cause skin irritation. When used in toothpaste, it may inflame your gums, lips and tongue, so switching to a trustworthy natural toothpaste is helpful.

2. No Artificial Dyes

You're probably so used to using blue, green and red toothpaste that you never thought about where these colors come from. People naturally associate blues and greens with mint and red with cinnamon, but what's the cost to your health? Many kinds of toothpaste, including those made for children, contain synthetic dyes to make them look more appealing. Some of these colorants may be linked to allergies or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children. Who needs to take that risk when brushing their teeth?

3. Quality Ingredients

With a product that you put directly into your mouth several times a day, why would you want anything that's not natural? Toothpaste is a product that you may end up swallowing, so you want it to be made from quality ingredients. Natural pastes contain ingredients that you trust such as coconut oil, baking soda, aloe vera, mint and tree tea oil. These components have natural antibacterial properties and promote fresh breath and whitening without artificial sweeteners or chemical detergents.

4. Less Abrasive

If you're looking to whiten your teeth, you might think abrasive toothpaste is the solution. Unfortunately, abrasive pastes can wear away the enamel on your teeth leaving them sensitive and vulnerable to decay. Enamel doesn't grow back and when it's gone, varying temperatures can feel excruciating. Abrasive pastes also lead to receding gums. When you use a natural paste, it likely contains silica which is less invasive and gently polishes your teeth to eliminate stains.

5. Safe For Children

Another important reason to switch to a natural dental paste is that it's far better for children. Kids swallow a lot of toothpaste when they're learning to brush, so why have them swallow irritants along with it? Children's toothpaste is already low in fluoride since most municipal water sources are fluoridated. With natural pastes, you can choose one that's completely fluoride-free. Kids under two rarely need a paste with fluoride unless they are at special risk. To find out what's adequate for your child, double-check with your family dentist.

6. Better For the Environment

You might not realize that natural paste is not only better for you, but it's also better for the environment. Most natural pastes don't use sodium lauryl sulfate, artificial colors or phosphates that can be damaging to waterways. Many popular toothpastes on the market also contain microplastics which are present in cosmetics and body wash. If the toothpaste you use has particles in it or it glitters, you should avoid it. Microplastics do not biodegrade and are not good for you or the environment.

Conclusion

If you've ever experienced irritation in your mouth even though you brush as you should, take a good look at your toothpaste. By switching to a natural brand, you'll use ingredients that are less harsh, safe for kids and better for your teeth.

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