Natural Toothpaste: Better than Regular?

A lot of stores offer different brands of natural toothpaste, but is it better than the toothpaste you've always used? Ultimately, the basics of toothpaste are the same no matter what flavor or brand you choose to buy, but here are the key differences between "natural" toothpastes and everything else:

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1.) Sweetners: Natural toothpastes are often sweetened with xylitol or stevia, while most other toothpastes use saccharin or other artificial sweetners. No toothpastes use sugar, however (that would kind of defeat the purpose...)

2.) Fluoride: There's a lot of anti-fluoride talk, and those who oppose its use believe it unnatural or unsafe. For this reason, many natural toothpastes contain no fluoride. All other toothpastes use fluoride as an active anti-cavity ingredient.

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3.) Animal Testing: Most toothpastes are tested on animals but natural toothpastes are not, as a rule (although there may be exceptions.)

4.) Dyes: Natural toothpastes are often white or off-white, containing no artificial coloring. Non-natural toothpastes contain bright blues, reds, greens, and other safe (but unnatural) colors.

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Ultimately, natural toothpastes can do just as good a job of keeping your teeth clean as their "unnatural" counterparts.

Dr. Snow, a dentist in Murray, tells his patients to buy the flavor of toothpaste they like the best, because ultimately your toothpaste plays a much smaller role in the quality of your brushing than does the way you use your toothbrush. If you would like to talk toothpastes or tooth pains or college football, give Dr. Snow's office a call at 801-293-1234.

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