Have you considered switching to a natural toothpaste? Let me share some of my experiences and tips since doing the switch to help guide you!
Toothpaste was probably one of my most hesitant changes in my quest to reduce the amount of chemicals in my beauty products. Maybe it was the years of hearing that fluoride was necessary to ensure my teeth don’t rot. Or maybe it’s just how damn expensive the dentist is if you need a filling or worse. But ultimately the switch was not that difficult.
My main motivation for the switch was to cut out my exposure to 5 potentially harmful ingredients that are commonly found in toothpaste:
- Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS)
- Propylene Glycol
- Diethanolamine or DEA
I’ve now been using natural toothpastes for over a year and a recent trip to the dentist confirmed my teeth were still in great condition (equal parts “phew” and “YAY”!). Maintaining good oral hygiene is important, but you don’t have to use fluoride toothpastes to achieve this, especially if you already have generally healthy teeth and don’t have a lot of tooth decay.
Steps to your best oral hygiene:
- Brush twice a day
- Floss regularly (I know there was a recent study that said we don’t have too but c’mon – we all can see the build-up we remove when flossing so cracking it out a few times a week won’t hurt)
- See your dentist every 6 months for a check up
- Maintain a healthy diet and minimise soft drinks, coffee, tea and sugar intake.
Differences you’ll notice when using natural toothpastes:
- They don’t foam up: Fun fact for you – the foam in mainstream toothpastes was put there by marketers! Yep – back when toothpaste was first being introduced, marketers came up with the idea to add foaming agents (a.k.a. sodium lauryl sulphate) to toothpaste so people could “feel” the cleaning effects. This is the same reason for adding mint flavours that leave your mouth feeling clean. The moral of the story – you don’t need foam to brush your teeth!
- Some taste like dirt (or soap) – True story. There are quite a few brands that I’ve tried that tasted horrid and therefore made me dread brushing time! I’ll be sharing my reviews on a few top natural toothpastes shortly which may help you find the right one for you. Natural toothpastes don’t contain a lot of sweeteners like conventional brands and this can take some adjusting. If you find a toothpaste that doesn’t taste so great, don’t be completely scared off! There are plenty of great ones out there!
- They can dry out quickly – Some toothpastes that I’ve used will dry and harden at the top of the tube, and I then have to scrape this off when I go to use it next. I don’t really find this a problem, but I hadn’t had it happen to me before when using conventional toothpastes.
Overall, I have found the transition to using natural toothpaste quite simple. In fact, it has encouraged me to have better oral hygiene then before when I was using conventional toothpastes. In addition to using a natural toothpaste, I have also used a tongue scraper which has been fantastic for my breath. As for mouthwash, I have tried a number of different brands and have found zero that I have enjoyed or could even tolerate using on a daily basis. If you have one – tell me!
Now I want to hear from you!
Have you tried a natural toothpaste before?
What’s your favourite brand?
Also feel free to check out my previous posts in this series: