The kind of toothpaste we purchase matters because this is something we use on a daily basis for a couple times a day and not all toothpastes work as advertised.
Besides the fact that some features are added on tubes only to encourage purchases, some of the conventional options are downright toxic. So the type of toothpaste we should all be using is, of course, non-toxic toothpaste.
What to look for in toothpaste
When shopping for toothpaste, you’ll want to be looking for types that contain more of the natural ingredients than of the conventional ones.
Most standard types of toothpaste contain ingredients such as aluminum oxide, propylene glycol, artificial sweeteners, thickening agents and fluoride, which some doctors say it’s good for you, however there are those who find it a controversial ingredient.
Although fluoride has been part of the public drinking supply for many years, not just in America, but also all over the world, some studies question its efficacy, and go as far as to say that fluoride can attack the bones and provoke bone disease and alter hormone production.
The truth is we don’t need fluoride to clean our teeth or prevent cavities. Using a brush and cleaning with water would be sufficient to prevent bad teeth. African tribes and our ancestors used a stick to clean their teeth and they had them strong and healthy.
In our society, however, people have been taught to believe that fluoride is necessary, which isn’t necessarily the case. Although officially fluoride is good for you, you may want to consider fluoride-free toothpaste and a natural alternative.
Keeping teeth healthy with natural toothpaste
Luckily, there are many natural alternatives to conventional toothpaste. Some people even make their own using only a mix of coconut oil, sodium bicarbonate and essential oils and find it just as efficient, if not more so than standard tubes.
But if you’re just getting started with natural alternatives, it’s best you find something encouraging because natural toothpastes have a very different consistency and it takes a while getting used to them.
When switching to natural toothpastes, make sure you read the label carefully and you assess the ingredients in the composition. Even with natural brands, you may get unwanted ingredients because ‘natural’ is a label many brands use for advertising purposes.
You may see agents and ingredients such as carrageenan and foaming agents in some ‘natural’ toothpaste. It’s best to avoid these, especially in children toothpaste.
Although natural alternatives cost more, we don’t need to use all that much toothpaste anyway. A pea-size amount is more than enough to clean the teeth and get the job done. So don’t be worrying about having to spend a lot more on natural alternatives because really, you can squeeze more uses out of a tube with using less.