When you’re at the supermarket trying to decide which toothpaste to buy, what factors do you consider? Flavor? Brand? Cost? While all of these are important depending on your individual taste, budget, and lifestyle, there is one other quality you should consider: the ingredients in your toothpaste. Toothpaste is a staple of a proper oral care regimen so we want to talk about the difference between organic and traditional toothpaste to help you decide which toothpaste is right for you and your family.
Organic toothpaste is composed of all-natural ingredients that clean, protect, and freshen your mouth without any added chemicals. Ingredients usually include mint, a natural breath-freshener, along with anti-bacterial agents, like peppermint and spearmint oil.
Since the 1850s, toothpaste has been used to clean teeth and freshen breath. While the physical brushing motion is what actually cleans off the surface of your teeth, the chemicals in toothpaste fight bacteria living in your mouth. These chemicals include fluoride, sodium lauryl sulfate, and saccharin. These chemicals are safe in small doses, but because they can be harmful in larger amounts, toothpaste labels include a warning to avoid or minimize swallowing.
Consult with Us to Determine the Right Choice
If you’re wary of the chemicals found in traditional toothpaste, consider switching to organic toothpaste. If you are still uncertain about which toothpaste is a good choice for you and your family, ask Dr. Bartels and the rest of our team during your next visit. Depending on your dental history and goals, we may even recommend a specific brand of toothpaste for you to use. We strive to provide individualized care to each of our patients and will help you determine which option makes the most sense for your unique dental needs.
Come Visit Our Office!
No matter which toothpaste you choose, be sure that you’re brushing your teeth twice daily for two minutes each time, flossing at least once a day, and visiting our office every six months. To ask us any additional questions about toothpaste or to schedule your next appointment, contact our office today.