Much like natural beauty, natural toothpastes are getting a lot of attention right now. Given that we are increasingly aware of what we eat and put on our skin, this is no surprise. When it comes to food, many of us opt for organic options and for skincare, we look at “clean” beauty brands who claim to be greener and better for you.
But what exactly is a “natural toothpaste” and is this better for your teeth? Waken mouthcare explore this hot topic to help you decide on what the best toothpaste is for your lovely mouth.
WHAT IS A NATURAL TOOTHPASTE?
There are no guidelines as to what “natural” really means. This is a confusing claim. Just because a toothpaste claims to be natural, there can still be man-made and essential preservatives in a product’s ingredient list.
To make things simpler, a “natural” toothpaste, is usually a toothpaste that doesn’t contain parabens, SLS and sometimes even fluoride. This can be confusing as fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral- it’s a core component of what your teeth are made of.
Waken toothpastes do not contain parabens or SLS.
WHAT DOES FLUORIDE DO IN TOOTHPASTE?
We do use fluoride in our formulas as it is essential for protecting teeth against cavities. The NHS state that brushing your teeth thoroughly with a fluoride toothpaste is one of the most effective ways of preventing tooth decay. We would never advise using a toothpaste without fluoride because of this.
WHAT IS SLS?
SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulphate) is a foaming agent that is used in toothpastes and personal care products like shampoos and shower gels. It is usually harmless but those with sensitive gums are often advised by dentists to avoid SLS in toothpastes, especially if they are prone to ulcers. This is because SLS can disrupt the oral microbiome. Waken toothpastes are all SLS-free.
WHAT IS A PARABEN AND IS IT BAD?
Parabens are a preservative found in many cosmetics and other household products. They help to keep products free from bacteria, moulds and fungi that could spoil a product and cause us harm.
There are no parabens in Waken toothpastes. Instead, we use a high concentration of humectants in our toothpastes. These are glycerine and sorbitol. Humectants help to keep your mouth moisturised and in high amounts they can also work as a preservative.
Unlike many other toothpastes available, we flavour our toothpastes with natural mint extracts to help deliver fresh breath and a delicious tasting experience.
doing it yourself
CAN YOU MAKE YOUR OWN TOOTHPASTE AT HOME?
Google has an array of DIY beauty recipes. DIY skincare, deodorants and DIY toothpastes are popular search terms.
The curiosity around homemade toothpastes is increasing as many of us have environmental concerns and want to reduce packaging waste. A lot of us also want to understand what ingredients we are putting in our mouth and so feel that a homemade, natural toothpaste is best.
It is important to note that just because an ingredient is natural, it doesn’t make it safe. Some ingredients like vinegar are highly acidic and can damage the enamel.
Homemade toothpastes also don’t contain fluoride which is pivotal for keeping teeth and gums healthy.
If you are trying to reduce your environmental impact, we recommend sticking to a commercial toothpaste like Waken Toothpastes. Waken toothpastes are all packaged in endlessly recyclable aluminium tubes making them planet-friendly as well as tooth friendly thanks to recipes containing fluoride.
CAN FLUORIDE EVER BE BAD?
Fluoride strengthens tooth enamel and protects it from the acids in our daily diet which could cause decay. You would have to consume fluoride in huge amounts for it to be harmful. According to the NHS, reviews of the risks have so far found no convincing evidence to support these concerns.
the bottom line
ARE NATURAL TOOTHPASTES ANY GOOD FOR YOUR TEETH?
If a commercial toothpaste claims to be “natural”, ensure that it contains fluoride at the recommended level. Each Waken toothpaste contains fluoride 1450 ppm F.
If you experience ulcers on a regular basis, it is worth considering SLS-free formulas, but we recommend checking with your dentist if you have any specific dental problems to address.
We hope this helps demystify the claims around natural toothpastes for you!