These days, organic products are becoming increasingly popular. We’re learning more and more about the benefits of organic food, organic clothing, and other organic offerings. At Caring Smiles Dental, our patients often ask us about organic toothpaste. They want to know if they can believe the hype about going “organic” when it comes to their health. Does organic, additive-free toothpaste really clean teeth just was well as the regular stuff? Today, we’re going to break down organic toothpaste – how and why it works, and why it may be the right fit for you and your family!
Believe it or not, the physical brushing of your teeth is what actually cleans them while your toothpaste fights and eliminates harmful bacteria that causes bad breath and gingivitis. The bacteria-fighting elements in conventional toothpaste include fluoride, sodium lauryl sulfate, and saccharin. While these chemicals are generally safe in small doses, they can be harmful in larger quantities.
Organic toothpaste is composed of all-natural ingredients instead of some of the chemicals present in regular toothpaste. These include natural breath-fresheners such as mint, as well as natural anti-bacterial agents such as peppermint and spearmint oil. Unlike conventional toothpastes, organic toothpaste doesn’t contain any detergents that function like soap for the teeth.
For folks looking to limit their exposure to chemicals, organic toothpastes are a great option that provide the antibacterial and freshening qualities of conventional toothpaste. Remember, choosing the right toothpaste is only a small part of effective preventive care. Be sure you are brushing your teeth twice daily for two minutes each time, flossing daily, and visiting our office regularly for cleanings and exams.