10 of the best natural toothpastes
They are used in your mouth at least two times a day, so it’s not a bad idea to explore the option of switching your toothpaste to a natural alternative. These ones don’t contain parabens, fluoride, sulphates or triclosan just to name a few, yet they will still thoroughly clean, brighten and even whiten your teeth.
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To get the inside word on some of the questions you may have about switching to a natural toothpaste, we spoke to founder of Grin Natural, Tara Tan - here's what she has to say:
What are the main differences in natural vs fluoride toothpaste?
There are actually two differences here. Natural versus non-natural toothpaste and fluoride as an added ingredient that can be made to both. When you compare mainstream toothpastes with natural toothpastes, common mainstream formulations include the addition of many chemicals such as sodium lauryl sulphate, parabens, artificial colours and sweeteners, artificial preservatives, and hydrogen peroxide. In comparison, most natural toothpastes contain ingredients such as manuka oil, propolis extract, hydroxyapatite and organic sea salt. Fluoride is a separate category in that you can add fluoride to both non-natural (mainstream) and natural toothpastes and it’s simply customer’s preference as to which option they prefer. We have noticed a growing demand in the market from parents who would like natural, chemical free toothpaste that also contains fluoride.
Do all fluoride-containing toothpastes contain chemicals?
As the oral care market is so vast in New Zealand, with a variety of products and formulations on offer, it’s hard to say. Most mainstream toothpastes with fluoride do contain chemicals in their formulation, such as SLS, artificial colours, flavours and sweeteners.
Why would someone make the switch from chemical fluoride toothpaste to natural toothpaste?
With ingredient, product information, and clinical studies more easily accessible, consumers are becoming more aware of what they put on and in their bodies, and as toothpaste is applied orally - it means any potentially harmful ingredients can be absorbed through the mouth and make their way directly into your bloodstream. As with most health and beauty items, consumers are choosing to lessen the harmful impact their purchasing choices have on their health and that of the environment by purchasing natural (and sustainable).
Are natural toothpastes as effective as fluoride containing toothpastes?
Some people will say fluoride is the best option, while others will disagree and there are studies and research to back both arguments. Over the last year, we have had an increased demand of customers asking for a natural + fluoride option. As a result, Grin are excited to announce that we will soon launch a new completely unique option that combines natural + fluoride to the oral care market. The launch is a result of feedback from our community, our customers. In addition, that’s what we are all about: inspiring consumers and the community to have power in their purchasing choices!
What are the ingredients someone has to look for when seeking out an effective natural toothpaste alternative?
Current regulations around what can be labelled natural are very broad. For example, a packaging label might include ‘natural fruit extract’, however read on and you might find the rest of the formulation to be full of artificial preservatives and other potentially harmful chemicals. When looking for a natural toothpaste option it’s often best to look for what’s not included, such as; artificial colours, flavours and fragrances, artificial preservatives including formaldehyde and parabens, sodium lauryl sulphate, hydrogen peroxide, and artificial sweeteners.
bh loves - clockwise from top left: 101 Lifestyle Charcoal Toothpaste, $22; Grin Whitening 100% Natural Toothpaste, $8.50; Comvita Whitening Toothpaste, $10; The Natural Dentist Fluoride Free Tooth Paste, $13.98; Red Seal Natural Herbal Toothpaste, $3.80; Dr. Bronner's Anise All-In-One Toothpaste, $18.50; Ecostore Complete Care Toothpaste, $4.99; Maxwell & McIntyre Coconut Oil Toothpaste, $15; Officine Universelle Buly Opiat Dentaire Montauban Apple Toothpaste, $37; Kingfisher Charcoal Natural Toothpaste, $15 and Weleda Salt Toothpaste, $11.90.
Would you consider making the swap to a natural toothpaste?