Do you know what's in your toothpaste?
BY YINGYING LI | 20 Apr 19 Comments
Who doesn’t want to have healthy, pearly-white teeth so that we can look better and smile more confidently? The most basic routine for good dental health is, of course, brushing your teeth, and the toothpaste we use every day play a big role! Let’s look at some of the most common ingredients in toothpastes, and their effects on our teeth. You are likely to know a few ingredients that are in your own toothpaste too by the end of this article, so stay with us!
For a start, I thought I should simply grab a tube of toothpaste to take a look at the ingredients printed on its packaging, so here I have our new-in Dr. Pauhls toothpaste.
This beautifully packaged toothpaste has multiple notable efficacies including brightening, plaque removal and dental caries prevention. This makes me wonder: what are the magical ingredients that produce all these positive effects?
I flipped the packaging box to look at its back side:
Okay, let’s zoom in to the part with the ingredients...
Voila! Here is a list of ingredients that included and excluded in our toothpaste.. But wait a minute, what does all this mean?
Firstly, let’s take a look at the “excluded” section.
From the list, Fluoride is notably an ingredient sometimes found in other brands of toothpaste. However, there is conflicting evidence on the benefits of fluoride. Excess fluoride may also cause chalky white patches on the teeth giving a mottled appearance. Therefore, naturally developed toothpaste brands such as Dr. Pauhls often choose to develop non-fluoridated toothpastes. Other fluoride-free toothpaste brands include Red Seal, which is also available for sale on our website.
Other potentially harmful ingredients that Dr. Pauhls toothpaste is free from include CMIT/ MIT, a toxic chemical substance, and Parabens, a preservative that has been linked by some researches to breast cancer. While the harmful effects of these substances are not exactly confirmed, it is always good to be careful.
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Now let’s take a look at the ingredients of my Drl. Pauhls toothpaste.
Firstly, we have Xylitol, a sugar alcohol sourced from birch trees and other types of hardwood trees and plants. Said to improve dental health, xylitol tastes sweet but unlike sugar, isn't converted in the mouth to acids that can promote tooth decay. It also prevents the growth of Streptococcus mutans (the bacteria most closely associated with tooth decay).
Propolis, also known as “bee glue”, is also present in this toothpaste. It is a sticky substance produced by bees. Clinical studies show that propolis fights bacteria, prevents tooth decay, heals bleeding gums, and prevents gums from receding and bad breath.
Image by: Doctors Health Press
Natural toothpastes containing propolis have become a popular, healthy alternative to synthetic brands of toothpastes, especially when mouth and gum disorders are concerned. Our Red Seal Exclusive Set includes a propolis toothpaste, along with “smoker” and “kids” toothpastes. However, you should not use toothpastes with propolis if you have an allergy to bees or bee products.
Our Red Seal (Family) Exclusive Set is now sold at only $15.90 for 3!
The last ingredient I am introducing is Calendula. You may not recognize the name calendula, but perhaps you have heard of marigolds, which is the broad classification of the flowering plants found within this genus. Calendula officinalis is the most common species within the genus.
Calendula has the ability to speed healing, protect oral health, improve the appearance of the skin, boost vision, lower inflammation, reduce the risk of certain cancers, and eliminate cramps.
After introducing all these ingredients, have you found some of them in your toothpaste too?
At the end of the day, we cannot deny that naturally developed toothpastes are probably the safest choice for us to achieve better oral health. If you would like to start taking better care of your oral health, we have good news for you! Our Dr. Pauhls Premium Dental-Tube toothpastes, which has the original price of $25.10, is now on sale at Blackbox at only $9.90! This discount is exclusive to the first 20 sets purchased, so don’t miss it!