It’s a common practice to check the ingredients and the calories of the food we eat, but do we know what our toothpaste contains? A toothpaste is an everyday item we put in our mouths and therefore, supposed to be a safe cosmetic product that facilitates brushing and adds important benefits with its ingredients. Sadly, almost all toothpastes in the market are rich in potentially dangerous and controversial chemicals instead of healthy ones. Their market strategy results in compromising our health in order to get some saleable toothpaste feature such as better texture or colour.
Being familiar with the effects of your toothpaste ingredients on your overall health is crucial for making the best choice in the market because almost every oral hygiene accessory in sale contains elements that are known to be hormone disruptors, carcinogens, allergens and so on. As we’ve already painted a detailed picture of the worst toothpaste ingredients out there, let’s take a closer look at the good components of your paste or gel dentifrice.
Scarborough Fair compounds
Remember that good old ballad, released 50 years ago by the American folk-rock duo Simon and Garfunkel? Well, the song’s refrain seems to consist of plants pretty beneficial for your oral health, namely Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme. If you’re interested why keep reading.
Parsley is known as an effective solution for bad breath and has strong natural antibacterial properties. In the same way, rosemary freshens your breath and helps eliminate pathogenic oral bacteria. Sage is used for treating throat infections and dental abscesses. Its worst enemies are infected gums and ulcers, as it “helps” them recover faster. And the last natural extract from the all-time favourite song is thyme, which antibacterial and antiseptic properties allow it to kill harmful bacteria and prevent oral infections.
This tropical plant is packed with oral care benefits, as many studies have demonstrated, which make it perfect for your toothpaste. It has been shown to destroy harmful bacteria and fight infection. The Aloe promotes fresh breath by disinfecting the mouth and prevents tooth decay by stopping the plaque from building up. Its anti-inflammatory properties help it prevent gingivitis.
That popular herb works wonders for your oral health. Not only does it alkalize the body and return the mouth to its normal PH levels, but it also has strong naturally antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Vitamin A, C, B6, folate, and riboflavin are among the essential for the overall health elements, which are to be found in mint. You can easily maintain periodontal health thanks to the listed vitamins. Moreover, mint is known to be a natural anti-microbial agent and breath freshener.
The only natural sweetener, extracted from the leaves of the plant of the same name, which does not damage your teeth. It has been found to reduce bacterial formation in the mouth and prevents gingivitis and cavities. The proofs can be found in that review article.
Organic Oils Extracts In Toothpaste
Tea Tree Oil
For centuries aborigines have been using tea tree oil (also known as Melaleuca) as an antiseptic and disinfectant. It’s also called Melaleuca Alternifolia. Its superb healing properties are used for three main health dangers – virus, bacteria, and fungus. Lately, this oil gains popularity for gum diseases as well. As part of a toothpaste, tea tree oil helps fight oral infections and reduces the risk of receding gums and tartar deposits. Also, it freshens your breath by suppressing odour-causing bacteria.
NB: Do not use tea tree oil in its natural raw form as it is considered to be poisonous and might cause allergies and irritation.
Although evidence for the effects is scarce, a preliminary report of a study describes a statistically significant decrease in the plaque and gingival indices. The uniqueness of that easily available edible oil hides in one of its main compounds (45-50 percent) – lauric acid, which has proven anti-inflammatory effects.
Olive Leaf Extract
The olive leaf acts as a natural antibiotic and fights tooth infections, while also boosting the immune system and reducing blood pressure. In traditional Moroccan medicine, the olive leaf was utilized to help stabilize blood sugar and control diabetes. Laboratory studies have discovered that the extract of the olive leaf is effective for battling microorganisms like bacteria and viruses, among others that cause a host of diseases.
Other Helpful Ingredients
Results of five clinical studies prove the enhancement of plaque removal efficacy by tooth brushing with baking soda dentifrices. This apparently simple ingredient not only neutralizes plaque acids but also kills bacteria and prevents destructive periodontal disease. It fights bad breath and leaves fresh clean taste after brushing.
The chemical compound representing the perfect natural abrasive for your toothpaste. Calcium Carbonate supports healthy enamel while being very low on the abrasiveness scale, which means it removes plaque effectively, but without harming your enamel.
Sodium Chloride (Sea Salt)
Gargling and rinsing with tepid sea salt water regularly can help to alleviate mouth sores, ulcers, bleeding gums and the pain of a sore throat. The same goes to brushing and the reason behind is sea salt breaks down plaque, fights bad breath and helps teeth and gums stay healthier.
The Nano-b Organic Mint Toothpaste
Inspired by nature and based on all of those pieces of evidence Nano-b created an oral care product. Its ingredients are carefully selected, gently blended and help your mouth stay healthy in a natural way. 95% of the compounds in the Nano-b toothpaste are certified organic and that is precisely why it tastes more delicious than you’d expect from a toothpaste. At last, it all depends on the sense of sense of responsibility for your oral health, connected to your overall wellbeing.
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