Natural products are taking over the beauty world, with new make-up, skincare, and even deodorants cropping up every other day.
But one aspect of your daily routine that you may want to consider is what you use to brush your teeth. The difference between a generic and natural toothpaste will depend on each individual brand, but they will often contain ingredients such as baking soda and peppermint.
“Toothpaste made with the hero ingredient of baking soda can help break down and remove stains whilst quickly working your saliva on enamel damaging acids,” Dr. Jerome Sebah, Arm & Hammer ambassador and founder of The Dentist Gallery, told us. “You should also look for a toothpaste which contains xylitol, an all-natural sweetener. This ingredient will stop biofilm from attaching to the teeth. But overall, the key part to healthy teeth and gums is the technique of brushing and the toothbrush you use.”
Dr. Sebah also recommended the new Arm & Hammer Simply Natural Toothpaste, which contains 96 per cent of ingredients from natural origin and baking soda. Other great options on the market with baking soda include Tom's of Maine Natural Toothpaste with Baking Soda and Fluoride, or Dr. Bronner's All-One Toothpaste, which contains 70 per cent organic ingredients and is available in peppermint, cinnamon, and anise flavours.
But what about fluoride? The mineral can help prevent tooth decay and is added to many brands of toothpaste and, in some areas, to the water supply through a process called fluoridation.
“Many natural toothpastes don’t contain fluoride. However, fluoride is a natural ingredient and is especially good for bacteria as it will break this down and destroy it,” Dr. Sebah added.
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