We all know that finding an effective toothpaste is a good start to protecting your oral health and helping to prevent cavities. But with so many formulas available, it can be a challenge deciding which to choose—especially when you want to steer clear of formulas that include artificial ingredients.
The good news is that you can still get the cavity protection you're looking for by choosing natural toothpaste, without sacrificing your lifestyle choices. But, exactly how does natural toothpaste help prevent cavities? Knowing this will help you feel even more confident in your choice.
Natural vs. Conventional Toothpastes
Conventional toothpaste formulas may contain artificial sweeteners, colors, flavors, and preservatives. Some companies that produce natural toothpaste hold certain standards for their ingredients, requiring that they must be sourced and derived from nature.
In natural toothpaste formulas, you may see ingredients such as:
- Carrageenan, which is derived from red seaweed
- Xylitol, a natural sweetener
- Sea salt, for taste
A natural toothpaste variety may be a good option for you if you want to know exactly where a product's ingredients come from, as well as the environmental impact of your purchase.
Does Natural Toothpaste Prevent Cavities as Effectively as Regular Toothpaste?
In the past, shoppers may have assumed that only traditional toothpaste—most made with some artificial ingredients—were the only tool to use in the fight against tooth decay. But thanks to the increasing popularity of products made with naturally derived ingredients, you can easily find natural toothpaste for cavity protection.
Some natural toothpastes have even been granted the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance, which is a recognition reserved for oral care products that have demonstrated safety and efficacy. Many natural toothpastes use a naturally derived form of fluoride—such as sodium fluoride—as an active ingredient. Fluoride, derived from the ore fluorspar, is found in fresh water and sea water, and it strengthens tooth enamel and helps prevent cavities, as the ADA explains.
Just because a toothpaste is made with naturally derived ingredients doesn't mean that it's any less effective at helping keep cavities at bay.
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Why It's Good
Natural toothpaste offers cavity protection while allowing you to use a product that contains only naturally derived ingredients.