From organic fruits and vegetables to all-natural shampoos and soaps, “going green” is becoming more of a lifestyle and less of just a trend. Consumers are becoming more conscious about the types of products they choose to use in their households. When it comes to oral health, what should you look for in a natural toothpaste?
Sodium lauryl sulfate is a chemical found in common personal care products, including toothpaste, shampoo, lotion, soap and facial cleansers, that has been linked to allergies and sensitivities. To avoid exposing your family to toxins and harsh chemicals, select an SLS-free toothpaste or one that has baking soda, which can help promote a neutral pH.
Keep in mind that all natural toothpastes are not the same. All types of toothpaste should help neutralize the overall pH of your mouth, which prevents acid from plaque buildup and enamel destruction.
“Natural toothpastes must have ingredients that are not synthetic,” Jack Gruber, D.D.S. says.
Should you buy fluoride or fluoride-free toothpaste?
Fluoride is one of the most common ingredients in toothpaste as it’s said to help prevent tooth decay. However, fluoride is highly toxic if swallowed in large amounts. As an alternative, it has been reported that xylitol is also effective in tooth decay prevention.
Choosing fluoride-free toothpaste means it contains safer and gentler ingredients overall.
Still, keep in mind that whichever toothpaste you select, it should be “slightly abrasive, taste good and do no harm,” Dr. Gruber says.