There is a recent trend toward using natural toothpaste for brushing teeth at home instead of conventional toothpaste. Many patients wonder if a natural toothpaste works as well at cleaning teeth. Others are surprised to get negative feedback from their dental hygienist during an appointment after they deviate from their regular cleaning and gum care routines and embrace a new oral care trend such as oil pulling. Here are some things to keep in mind when it comes to using natural toothpaste and its effectiveness
Natural Toothpaste Hype
Patients become interested in natural toothpaste as an eco-friendly and chemical-free alternative to traditional toothpaste (such as Colgate and Crest). Sometimes they simply want a way to buy toothpaste free from any disposable packaging. Some big box stores have even started to sell natural toothpaste with clay, charcoal, or baking soda formulas.
While it is true that natural products have been used to clean teeth for centuries, it doesn’t mean that natural toothpaste is safe. Most natural toothpaste claims have not been evaluated by independent sources. The few studies that suggest these formulas are effective are often not peer-reviewed and replicated.
This doesn’t mean that all natural toothpaste formulas are unsafe or bad. Many of the natural toothpastes available do not contain fluoride, an ingredient proven to help protect your teeth against cavities. Other ingredients, such as charcoal, can neutralize the positive benefits of other ingredients, such as fluoride.
Not All Natural Toothpaste is Equal
Not all natural toothpastes are the same. Each has its own formulation, which may or may not be able to provide adequate protection for your teeth against cavities, discoloration, or temperature sensitivity. If you are interested in using a more natural toothpaste, ask your dentist for a recommendation. They will be able to advise you on your best options.
ADA Seal of Acceptance
The ADA Seal of Acceptance from the American Dental Association is given to toothpaste, mouthwashes, and floss that the organization recognizes as effective at cleaning teeth. Using a product that has the ADA Seal means that you can trust its quality and that it will help you keep your teeth clean. Very few natural products have this recognition. If you’re going to go through the effort of brushing your teeth, you might as well make sure you’re using an effective product.
Importance of Regular Check Ups
Whether you try natural toothpaste or not, it is important to schedule regular dental exams. If something changes in your oral hygiene routine, your dental hygienist will be able to give you feedback at your regular appointment. Waiting a year or more between appointments could lead to undetected dental decay or other dental issues.
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If you’re ready to get started with a progressive yet conservative approach to your dental health, contact Creekview Dental today at 651-738-8204 to schedule your first appointment. You can schedule comprehensive adult dental exams or pediatric dental check ups with our experienced team of dental professionals.