How much thought do you give to your toothpaste? Do you ever think about what it is you’re actually squeezing onto your brush and putting into your mouth twice a day? Does force of habit ensure your bathroom cabinet holds the same brand you’ve always used? Or are you swayed by 2-for-1 offers or discounts? For many of us, our choice of toothpaste is not a major decision, however what we are using to clean our gnashers might actually be doing more harm than good.
What’s wrong with regular toothpaste?
Recent studies have found that the fluoride used to fight cavities may actually be toxic to the body and is a proven cause of acne around the mouth and lips. Add to that the chemicals included to create a minty fresh, bright white (or in some cases blue!) foaming paste and you might find yourself wishing for a more natural alternative.
With this in mind, we’ve researched five of the best natural toothpastes, searching for something free from flouride and unnecessary chemicals but still up to the job of cleaning teeth thoroughly.
The Top 5 Natural Toothpastes
Jason Natural Cosmetics Smile Toothpaste
First up was Jason Natural Cosmetics Smile Toothpaste. Free from fluoride and preservatives, this boasts the ability to whiten teeth without harsh chemicals or abrasives. At approximately £7 for 170g it won’t break the bank although it is still more expensive than its more “unnatural” counterparts. So is it worth the money? Reviews are very positive with some customers reporting a noticeable whitening of their teeth over a 3 week period and others saying it reduced their recurring mouth ulcers. Other plus points are its suitability for vegans, its minty smell and that one tube lasts on average more than 3 months as a little goes a long way. It’s also not tested on animals. Be careful when ordering though – Jason do both a fluoride and a fluoride-free range. Some customers were less than happy to find they’d accidentally ordered the wrong one.
Himalaya Herbal Neem and Pomegranate Toothpaste
Second in line is Himalaya Herbal Neem and Pomegranate Toothpaste (around £7 for 150g). With the best reviews on Amazon, this claims to “fight plaque and enhance your sparkling smile” using ingredients including neem, triphala and xylitol. Customers say there isn’t a strong minty aftertaste, which for many is a plus that could point to the absence of synthetic flavouring. On the downside, it doesn’t foam well and is quite a runny consistency so best to store the tube upright to avoid a mess.
Kingfisher Mint Fluoride Free Toothpaste
Number 3 is Kingfisher Mint Fluoride Free Toothpaste 100g, available in packs of 3 for around £9. Unlike many of the other natural toothpastes, many customers found it foams well and, while the taste is not overpowering, is definitely minty fresh. Kingfisher toothpaste is fluoride free, free from artificial flavourings, sweeteners, whiteners and preservatives. It is also suitable for vegans. It’s worth noting that several users found it made their teeth extra sensitive.
So the search for the best natural toothpaste continues with number four – Sarokan Toothpaste. In handy 50ml tubes (£8ish for a 3 pack) this is vegan and free from fluoride, artificial preservatives, sodium lauryl sulphate, sweeteners, parabens and added colours. Reactions to the taste vary dramatically as the paste is flavoured with a combination of peppermint, clove and geranium essential oil. Reviews are generally very positive, with many users saying they switched from other natural toothpastes and are now converted to Sarokan. However, complaints are numerous from customers who ordered a 3 pack but received only one tube.
AloeDent Triple Action Toothpaste
Lastly, let’s look at AloeDent Triple Action Aloe-Vera Fluoride-free Toothpaste (approximately £9 for a pack of three 100ml tubes). Along with aloe vera this paste contains Co Q10 and Tea Tree Oil to battle bacteria and leave teeth clean and shiny. Reviews on Amazon include a customer who saw a reduction in sensitivity and “increased comfort on my teeth from day one of using this toothpaste”. Although the taste, flavoured naturally by menthol and peppermint, isn’t overly minty it is far from inoffensive. One thing to consider though is contains chitosan which is made from crustaceans and so unfortunately this toothpaste is not suitable for vegans, unlike the others.
So which is the best natural toothpaste? Well, if you are vegan then Jason Natural Cosmetic Smile Toothpaste comes out on top. However, it’s actually a close second. Taking into account price, taste and reviews we have to plump for AloeDent Triple Action. At £3 per 100ml tube, it represents excellent value, while its taste is pleasant and its ingredients work together to give great results. So instead of sleepwalking through your dental routine, it may well be time to replace your chemically enhanced toothpaste with a more natural alternative.