Organic vs. Traditional Toothpaste

The popularity of organic produce has experienced a large boom since the early 2000s. Moreover, our society’s draw toward the organic label and seemingly “healthier” alternatives does not show any signs of going bust anytime soon. This desire for all-natural products even extends to personal care products. Case in point: you can find several kinds of organic toothpaste in stores and online!

How Is Organic Toothpaste Different Than Traditional?

When talking about organic food, the term organic indicates the food was raised or grown without chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or any other artificial materials. Concerning toothpaste, organic usually indicates that the product is only made with all-natural ingredients.

Organic, all-natural toothpastes will probably not have the following ingredients:

  • Artificial colors — Conventional toothpastes are often red, blue, or green, but as these colors are synthetic, organic toothpastes are typically white in color.
  • Artificial flavors — Traditional toothpastes use artificial sweeteners and flavorings to get the desired taste. Organic toothpastes generally use flavors from natural sources, like mint and aloe.

Closeup view of a cut aloe vera plant with salve oozing out, sometimes an ingredient in organic all-natural toothpaste

Is There Fluoride in Organic Toothpaste?

Many circles question the safety of fluoride, a natural-occuring mineral that protects and strengthen teeth against cavities. However, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found no convincing scientific evidence of any danger in consuming fluoride in safe amounts. Some organic toothpastes will contain fluoride and others may not.

What Kind of Organic Toothpaste Should I Choose?

If you decide to extend your organic preferences to your toothpaste, Dr. Laird and our dental team encourage you to consult with us as to the best toothpaste for you and your family in regard to safety and efficiency. We can also provide additional tips and tricks to jazz up your oral care routine.

Maintain Your Daily Oral Hygiene!

At the end of the day, whether you use traditional or organic toothpaste, the important thing to remember is to brush you teeth twice a day for two minutes each time, floss every day, and visit our office for checkups and cleanings every six months! We’ll check in on your brushing technique and help keep your smile bright and strong. If you have any questions about toothpaste or your oral hygiene, or want to schedule your next appointment, contact our Tyler dental practice today.

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