BENEFITS OF NATURAL TOOTHPASTE
It can be very confusing which brand of toothpaste to purchase and why. You might even feel guilty if you don't choose one that doesn't have the word "natural toothpaste" on it or at least list some plant ingredients. Do you choose based on cost, favorite flavor, how clean your teeth feel or ingredients, among other criteria? There are certain aspects of a toothpaste that should be important to you:
- Taste should be on this list. If you can't stand the taste of your toothpaste, you won't be motivated to brush. Dermatologists recommend an unflavored toothpaste or at least a mint-free toothpaste. The reason being that flavors, especially in the mint family, can cause allergies. However, finding a flavorless toothpaste that also tastes good can be another challenge. When xylitol is added to a toothpaste, it can help improve the taste.
- How gentle a toothpaste is while giving you the clean feel as you rub your tongue on your teeth is also important. An abrasive toothpaste can cause havoc on your teeth. This type may make your teeth feel super clean, but also cause wear facets on your teeth, resulting in sensitivity.
- Natural toothpaste should be considered, however, there's a catch. By natural, you should not look for the brand that has the longest list of plants, herbal extracts or essential oils. Plant ingredients do have to be preserved or they will grow mold. Also, if you have a fragrance allergy, stay away from plant extracts or essential oils, since they may contain some similar ingredients.
- Tooth decay prevention is also important. Typically, fluoride is the go-to ingredient for preventing tooth decay. However, xylitol is showing to be another great option.
- Ingredients should be very important. Certain harsh detergents or other ingredients may have potentially harmful side effects, whether natural or chemical. Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) or the antimicrobial agent triclosan should be on your no-no list. For natural ingredients, tea tree oil, a potent anti-fungal, should also be avoided.
What is Natural Toothpaste & What are the Benefits to Stop Tooth Decay
There are certain ingredients in toothpaste that can reverse the initial stages of tooth decay. Re-mineralizing your teeth is the term used to strengthen the outer layer of teeth (enamel) and help reverse the initial stages of a cavity and stop tooth decay from advancing.
These ingredients include:
1. Dicalcium phosphate functions by balancing calcium and phosphate levels for healthy teeth. It helps remineralize areas of teeth that have been attacked by acid from bacteria (deminaralized) and prone to tooth decay. Therefore, it helps to reverse initial stages of tooth decay.
2. Xylitol has been reported in studies to help prevent tooth decay by as much as 60%. Saliva is very important to preventing cavities. Xylitol helps by promoting saliva and helps prevent dry mouth.
3. Baking Soda may help neutralize harmful acids that may cause dry mouth, gum disease and cavities. It also helps remove surface stains so bacteria cannot adhere to the stains and multiply. A smooth, clean surface keeps bacteria at bay, while a rough surface accumulates bacteria.
How to Choose the Best Natural Toothpaste
Most consumers search for products based on what the label says and cost of the product, assuming what you get is what you see on the label. With the internet being easily accessible and searchable with informational websites, more attention is being focused on the hidden dangers of common ingredients found in toothpaste including many natural products. Toothpaste and other personal care products formulated with safe ingredients (chemical or natural), including natural toothpaste, natural skin care, and other safe and non irritating products can offer tremendous benefits without exposure to harsh chemicals.
However, even natural ingredients can have harmful side effects. Plants and herbal extracts have potent medicinal properties, and many so called 'natural' toothpaste also contain harsh preservatives and abrasives which can make your teeth sensitive, and may have nothing to do with preventing tooth decay.
Cleure natural toothpaste contains dicalcium phosphate and xylitol. Reports indicate dicalcium phosphate helps tartar control, it is a mild abrasive, and whitening agent, as well as balancing calcium and phosphate levels for healthy teeth. It helps remineralize areas of teeth that have been attacked by acid from bacteria (deminaralized) and prone to tooth decay. Cleure has great tasting unflavored toothpaste as well as other mint-free flavors.
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