What Exactly is Organic Toothpaste - Organic food shoppers

What Exactly is Organic Toothpaste

Most natural health care consumers think of organic toothpaste as free of any irritating or damaging ingredients that are either harmful to themselves or the environment. They also understand that many natural types of toothpaste are not necessarily free of artificial ingredients. Just because you see a natural product in a health food store or on an online site doesn’t mean it contains all natural ingredients. So, to truly find a natural tooth product, ingredient listings are the key.

Organic Toothpaste

Organic Toothpaste No-No’s

A natural tooth product will likely be vegan and will not contain gluten. It will be free of fragrances, parabens, soy, fluoride, sulfates (sodium lauryl sulfate, a foaming agent), glycerin, latex, GMO’s (genetically modified organisms), titanium dioxide, dyes, bleaches (peroxide), triclosan (antibacterial agent), artificial flavors and sweeteners. There will be no animal-derived ingredients, and it will also be cruelty free (no animal testing).

In relation to sodium lauryl sulfate, which is contained in hundreds of different products, be aware of it being made from coconut or palm oil. Though sodium lauryl sulfate in tooth products is not considered toxic, it can cause mouth and skin irritation in some individuals.

Package Labeling

So, in looking at packaging, tube or bottle labeling there are ingredients that distinguish natural tooth products from others. There are also gels, powders, essential oils and liquid tooth and gum products that are considered natural. Any one of these tooth products will likely contain a few of the following and varied ingredients:

• Activated coconut charcoal (purifier, whitener)

• Aloe vera gel (eliminates mouth bacteria, fights cavities, cleans and soothes teeth)

• Baking soda-sodium bicarbonate (freshens mouth, whitens teeth contains essential minerals)

• Bentonite clay (absorbs toxins and impurities)

• Calcium carbonate (gentle tooth abrasive)

• Calcium powder (whitens and provides minerals to teeth)

• Cinnamon (for flavor, anti-inflammatory, discourages bacterial growth)

• Cinnamon oil (fights bad breath and dulls tooth pain)

• Clove oil (fights germs, numbs pain, fights bad breath)

• Coconut oil (removes bacteria, whitens teeth and provides for healthy teeth and gums)

• Diatomaceous earth (DE food grade, abrasive to help remove plaque and tartar)

• Eucalyptus oil (fights plaque, gingivitis and prevents cavities)

• Green tea extract (kills bacteria and bad breath)

• Lemon oil (antiseptic that strengthens gums and whitens teeth)

• L. paracasei (probiotic for healthy mouth flora)

• Magnesium (forms hard tooth enamel, resists decay)

• Myrrh oil (strengthens gums and contains antibacterial attributes)

• Natural silica (removes stains and whitens)

• Neem leaf oil (antibacterial properties)

• Papaya plant extract (whitens teeth)

• Peelu (whitens teeth)

• Peppermint leaf oil (antiseptic that treats pain and fights bad breath)

• Rosemary oil (disinfects and eliminates mouth odor)

• Sea salt (strengthens gums, breaks down plaque fights bad breath)

• Spearmint leaf oil (antiseptic that treats pain and fights bad breath)

• Sweet almond kernel oil (rids teeth of plaque)

• Tea tree oil (fights germs, bad breath, comforts gums and relieves tooth pain)

• Zinc citrate (freshens breath, controls tartar)

• Zinc oxide and citric acid (fight tarter)

Of course any of one these listed ingredients found in cleaning products for the teeth, even though natural, can still have the potential to cause allergic reactions with certain individuals. It is always wise to check with a dentist or hygienist before trying most any product that could cause mouth irritation or discomfort. With the increasing number of natural tooth products available today as well as online information, which provides homemade tooth cleaning recipes, there is no reason for anyone to not be able to go organic and avoid the many chemical laden pastes, gels and other unnatural tooth products that can be unhealthy. Give natural a try, you just might like it, and your teeth will too.

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