Let’s Talk About Toothpaste!

Have you been trying to go a little greener these days? Maybe you spend more time comparing organic and non-organic products at the store? If this is the case, then perhaps you’ve noticed that organic and natural items have begun to pop up in more aisles than just produce!

The good news is that you can smile – you’ve got tons of choices, even when it comes to your dental health. Let’s start with toothpaste. There are so many different brands to choose from, and now you must make the choice between natural toothpaste and regular toothpaste.

Some of your natural toothpaste brands include:
• Tom’s of Maine
• Kiss my Face
• Jason Natural Cosmetics
• The Natural Dentist
• Nature’s Gate Organics
• Trader Joe’s All Natural Toothpaste

Regular toothpaste brands include:
• Colgate
• Crest
• Aquafresh
• Arm and Hammer
• Aim
• Oral-B

The good news for you is that both natural and regular toothpastes are good for you and your teeth. The main difference is that natural toothpaste does not contain saccharine (an artificial sweetener) or sorbitol (humectants used to give toothpaste its pasty consistency and keep toothpaste from drying out). Both natural and regular toothpastes contain fluoride, which is essential for protecting the health of your teeth. If you have any questions about a particular type or brand of toothpaste, ask us at your next appointment. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have about your dental health.

Make your own toothpaste!
Looking for a fun and healthy project? Try this simple recipe for making your own toothpaste! Kids, be sure to ask your parents to help before you begin.

1. Mix three parts baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) with one part table salt (sodium chloride).

2. Add three teaspoons of glycerin for every 1/4 cup of dry mixture.
Glycerin is available at many pharmacies, or craft stores.

3. Add enough water to make a thick paste. If desired, a few drops of peppermint oil may be added to improve the taste.
If you do not like the taste of peppermint, feel free to experiment with flavors by adding cinnamon, spearmint, or any other flavor that you like.

4. Apply and use just as you would any other toothpaste. Store unused toothpaste at room temperature in a covered container.

NOTE: this recipe came from: About.com