“If you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it.” We often hear this saying as a reminder to be conscious about the substances in our food and eventually enter our body.
This holds true for personal hygiene products as well. Toothpastes, in particular, are better off without sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), a synthetic compound that only serves to foam in your mouth and potentially irritate your skin. Many toothpaste alternatives also skip fluoride for those who are sensitive to it or exposed to highly fluoridated water sources.
That’s why we chose to do away with these elements when creating our solid dentifrices, tabs.
Now you may be wondering, “How can solid toothpaste clean and protect our teeth without fluoride and SLS?” The answer is effectively. Most toothpaste tablets are created with safe, natural ingredients that fight cavities without leading to long-term health issues. Here are some of them:
This natural sweetener works in two ways: it adds flavor and fights cavity-causing germs. Xylitol is often used as a sugar substitute for diabetics, but unlike sugar, xylitol doesn’t cause tooth decay. Instead, it stops plaque from forming.
Yes, the one we can get fresh from fruits like oranges. Instead of SLS, some natural toothpaste brands mix citric acid with baking soda to create a foaming action when you brush. What’s great about this is that the lather it produces has a real purpose: it helps reduce tartar buildup while giving you the same cleaning sensation you get from traditional toothpaste.
Mixed with xylitol and menthol, this natural toothpaste ingredient can leave your mouth feeling and smelling fresh.
Paired with natural components, these synthetically produced compounds boost the cleaning power of toothpaste tablets:
Another multipurpose ingredient is sodium bicarbonate, commonly known as baking soda. It can remove stains on the teeth and regulate your mouth’s pH level to prevent bacteria from breeding.
Regular toothpastes use this powdery calcium supplement as a binding agent. In toothpaste tablets, dicalcium phosphate acts as a mild abrasive that polishes teeth to give you a sparkly smile.
Choosing natural ingredients is a good way to practice conscious consumption. But more than simply labeling something as bad or good, let’s encourage each other to be better informed about our choices by learning what an ingredient really does.
MOUTHFUL strives to promote better understanding of sustainable dental health and oral hygiene practices. While we seek credible sources and cite them in our posts, this article does not intend to stand as professional advice. Please reach out to your dentist or a medical expert if you have questions regarding a health condition or treatment.