Brushing your teeth is a simple act that can have huge consequences for your health and well-being. In fact, our patients who brush their teeth twice daily for two minutes each time have a lower risk for developing cavities, gum disease, and many other common dental conditions. Dr. Nettey-Marbell and our team frequently receive questions from patients asking about the best way to brush their teeth and the best products to use. Today, we want to focus on a common question about toothpaste: is toothpaste made from natural ingredients as effective as conventional toothpaste?
Natural vs. Artificial
Ever since toothpaste use became widespread, conventional toothpaste manufacturers have included ingredients like fluoride, sodium lauryl sulfate, glycerol, sorbitol, and calcium carbonate. These ingredients generally help freshen breath and fight bad bacteria in your mouth, while sodium lauryl sulfate acts as a detergent. However, the physical act of brushing your teeth and scrubbing away any leftover food particles is what actually cleans the surface of your teeth.
Can Natural Toothpaste Keep My Mouth Healthy?
Natural toothpastes claim to deliver the same health benefits as conventional toothpaste, without any artificial ingredients. Instead, natural toothpastes will include ingredients like peppermint and spearmint oil, which naturally fight bacteria and freshen breath. If you and your family are limiting your use of artificial products and instead are turning to natural or organic alternatives, natural toothpaste is generally an effective alternative to conventional toothpaste — as long as it is properly used.
For many of our patients, natural toothpaste can deliver effective cleaning power that keeps your smile healthy. Of course, some of our patients with specialized oral health needs (such as sensitive teeth) may require a specialized toothpaste. And, if you want to be considered a pro when it comes to brushing your teeth, make sure you’re using a soft-bristled toothbrush to avoid damaging enamel and irritating your gums.
To ask our team any questions about toothpaste or to schedule your next visit, contact our office today!
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