Here’s What You Need to Know about Natural Toothpastes
We’ve noticed that natural toothpastes have recently emerged as major players in the market of oral care. So, aside from their ingredients, how are these natural alternatives more beneficial to our pearly whites than the conventional ones?
Natural Toothpastes vs. Traditional Formula
Dr. Marc Lowenberg shares his expert opinion with Instyle,
“The first and most important thing is that, if you’re brushing your teeth properly and removing all of the plaque, the type of toothpaste you use shouldn’t matter. Toothpaste does nothing to prevent gum disease and cavities because what actually causes that is the conglomeration of bacteria that sits on your teeth, known as plaque.
Toothpaste, in my opinion, is used because it makes your breath taste better, and regardless of the one you use, you’re not doing yourself any favors if you’re not effectively removing all the plaque.”
So, basically, whether you use a commercial toothpaste or a natural formula, it matters less compared to your oral hygiene. Brushing your teeth properly and flossing regularly are bigger issues.
According to Dr. Lowenberg, he actually mixes his own toothpaste with baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. He explains,
“Baking soda has a low abrasive quality to it, but it’s abrasive enough that it removes surface stains. The hydrogen peroxide is the basis of what we now know as a whitening procedure, because it breaks down into hydrogen and oxygen molecules, and oxygen molecules are what cause your teeth to get whiter. It can’t actually change the color unless it sits for about 15 to 20 minutes, but it’s effective at removing stains on the surface, and in my opinion, it’s as good as buying a natural toothpaste.”
To conclude, unless you actually subscribe to a holistic natural lifestyle, there isn’t really much of an advantage to using natural toothpastes over the conventional ones as long as you don’t allow plaque opportunities to ruin your smile.