Natural Toothpaste

Written by Blaire Chandler-Wilcox
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Millions of people prefer using natural toothpaste for a number of reasons. Some appreciate avoiding unnecessary chemicals and artificial sweeteners. Others like the gentle but effective power of natural cleansers like baking soda. Many people find that natural toothpastes are a gentle companion to whitening toothpastes and other treatments which shouldn't be used for every brushing session. And of course, some merely like the taste.

Natural Toothpaste: Effective Ingredients

The most important thing, of course, is determining if the product can do the job. Baking soda is the active ingredient in nearly all quality natural toothpastes. It is a mildly abrasive cleanser that is gentle on the teeth, and manages also to neutralize plaque acid.

Other ingredients to look for are natural sweeteners. Many people find the taste of saccharine and other artificial sweeteners to be offensive. Further, there's plenty of evidence to suggest that saccharine and other artificial sweeteners are just not good for anybody. Xylitol, which is a natural sweetener derived from birch bark, is not only pleasant tasting, but also is actually good for the teeth. Xylitol actually neutralizes the acids that cause bacteria.

Other good ingredients to look for in a natural toothpaste are green tea and vitamin C. Both these ingredients are antioxidants, and defend the mouth against gum and periodontal disease. If you choose your natural toothpaste with an eye towards all ingredients, not just a few, brushing your teeth becomes not only a cleansing ritual, but a healing one as well.

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