Most people don’t think twice about the toothpaste they purchase. Some people are attracted to titles that contain teeth whitening agents or that remove plaque. Other people might buy toothpaste with different flavors or because the container it comes in looks cool. What they don’t realize is that regular toothpaste brands contain harmful ingredients that can damage your teeth over time and dry out your mouth which can cause bad breath. Here are some reasons to stop using commercial brand toothpastes and switch to natural.
Most brands use chemicals in their toothpastes. Sodium laureth sulfate or SLS, is a chemical found in car degreasers and shampoos that is used for foaming up and cleaning dirt and grime. While it makes a nice lather and may feel like it is doing a good job cleaning your teeth and killing bacteria, it is actually so harsh that it drys out your mouth and it can wear out the enamel on your teeth. Two main brands that use this harsh chemical are Colgate and Crest unfortunately. Sodium fluoride can be considered a poison and is used to build your teeth and make them stronger, supposedly. Think again. It is also used in pesticides and rat poison so be careful when looking at the ingredients on your toothpaste bottle if this one shows up. Propylene glycol acts as a wetting agent in toothpaste to make the ingredients stay together as a whole component. It is a chemical used in antifreeze and can easily be absorbed through the skin.
Natural toothpastes eliminate bad breath and benefit the over all health for your teeth long term. Most natural toothpastes contain natural ingredients such as vegetable based ingredients and herbal extracts. I use a brand called Botanique by Himalaya toothpaste that uses neem plant and pomegranate as natural ingredients. This toothpaste is 100% safe to use and contains absolutely no detergents or synthetic ingredients. Another great brand to use that does not contain any harsh chemicals is Tom’s of Maine brand toothpaste. This brand is SLS free and uses a derivative of licorice root as a substitute for SLS. After using these toothpastes for a week, my teeth looked whiter than they had when I was using Crest for an example and my breath was fresher too.
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Tom’s of Maine. Clean and Gentle Toothpaste Description. Tom’sofmaine.com. 2014. June 20 2014.