How Do I Choose the Right Natural Toothpaste?

Toothpaste is an essential ingredient for your total oral health. The last couple of posts dealt with toothbrushes, so we thought it was high time we tackled toothpaste as well. Now, as holistic dentists, our take on toothpaste selection differs from many standard dentists, but we think our choices make better long-term sense.

Holistic dentistry is about making informed choices that offer the least harmful, most beneficial benefits to our entire wellbeing. That encompasses everything from how we operate, the tools we use, the drugs we recommend and the toothpaste we promote.

We’re not going to name brands, we are going to provide the information you need to make your own informed choice. If you do require specific recommendations, visit our dental office and we will be happy to discuss your options.

Toothpaste Ingredients to Avoid

Most commercial toothpastes do a good job of cleaning your teeth, but are mixed to make economic sense to the manufacturer. That means using the cheapest possible ingredients that don’t always benefit your health.

We recommend avoiding:

Fluoride – Fluoride is a toxic chemical used in fertilizers and added to water in some states. It is believed to have beneficial effects but can cause problems when used extensively. It has also been known to cause brittle teeth. There are occasions when Fluoride may be recommended, however this is based on individual, distinct patient issues.

Artificial sweeteners – Synthetic sweeteners are made of a mixture of chemicals that aren’t necessarily beneficial to your health. Avoid artificial sweeteners as much as possible in any form of food or toothpaste.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate – Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or SLS, is a detergent with a foaming action that is known to be corrosive and can harm your eyes, skin, brain, liver and lungs if taken in too high a dose. To put it into context, SLS is also present in engine cleaner.

Aluminum – In tiny amounts, aluminum is fine. However, combined with fluoride, it is absorbed much faster than usual. While not yet confirmed to be harmful, research has found much higher levels of aluminum in Alzheimer’s sufferers.

Silica or Zirconium – Both of these are abrasives and can harm your gums and wear away tooth enamel. Avoid if you can.

So What Toothpaste to Choose?

For a more natural, holistic approach to your oral health, choose a toothpaste that doesn’t contain the ingredients listed above. Ideally, you would select an entirely natural one with no more than 6 or 7 ingredients. A good rule of thumb is, if you need a degree in chemistry to understand what’s in your toothpaste, don’t buy it.

Like our discussion on toothbrushes, trial and error will help you find the right toothpaste for you. Different people react to different ingredients and it’s a very subjective process. Find a good, natural toothpaste supplier and experiment with their products to find one that keeps your mouth feeling clean and your body feeling more relaxed. As soon as you find that, you’ve found the right toothpaste.

If you would like to discuss toothpaste choice or holistic dentistry further, contact our dental office today. We’re here to help.

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