Three Things to Know About All-Natural Toothpastes

Take good care of those pearly whites.

If you haven’t switched up your toothpaste game in a while, you might want to do some browsing. There is a host of new options that are now made without chemical preservatives, questionable additives or artificial flavors and colors. Here’s what to consider before you click “add to cart.”

Gently Whitens

This alcohol-free formula uses potassium nitrate to fight tooth pain. Hello Oral Care

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If you have sensitive teeth and gums, you probably dread eating everything from hot soup to ice cream cones—and brushing with an abrasive toothpaste can make it worse. Thankfully, there are a number of natural toothpastes on the market that help relieve sensitivity with ingredients like aloe, and use fine silica for gentle polishing.

Gives Back

Made with natural flavors and sweetened with xylitol, a substance derived from corn or birch bark. Tom’s of Maine

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One ingredient you may see in natural toothpastes is zinc citrate. It’s a mineral salt that fights odor created by bacteria and is often used as an alternative to triclosan, an antibacterial agent that has caused some safety concerns in the past.

Eco-Conscious

Extra gentle for your little ones. Hello Oral Care

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Bigger kids are able to spit out toothpaste after brushing, so there are fewer concerns about children swallowing too much fluoride. But pediatricians usually suggest brushing babies’ gums and young toddlers’ first teeth with non-fluoride toothpaste. So check ingredient lists when choosing one for your children.