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Toothpaste has been in the news lately due to an ingredient that could have potentially harmful effects on our bodies.
Some toothpastes (and other personal care products such as soap) contain triclosan, an antibacterial and antifungal agent that is thought to cause cancer and endocrine disruption and have an impact on foetal development.
Furthermore, triclosan ends up in our water sources and is very toxic to aquatic life. Many toothpastes also contain other nasty chemicals such as sodium lauryl sulfate and propylene glycol.
The good news is there are plenty of alternative dental products to choose from, so we have picked out our top 5 natural, vegan and cruelty-free toothpastes that will leave you with a healthier smile.
1. Jason Healthy Mouth® Tartar Control Anti-Cavity Toothpaste (with Flouride), £5.99, www.jasonnaturalcare.co.uk
This toothpaste helps to protect teeth and gums from sugar acids and tooth decay through the use of fluoride and tea tree oil, which has natural antimicrobial effects. Tartar build-up is prevented through the use of natural grapefruit and perilla seed extracts, while CoQ10 and aloe vera gel are added to soothe gum irritation. Cinnamon and clove help to keep breath fresh. This toothpaste is free from sodium lauryl/laureth sulfates, preservatives, artificial colours, artificial sweeteners, saccharin and propylene glycol.
2. Kiss My Face Anticavity Whitening Toothpaste with Flouride, £5.86, www.amazon.co.uk
Made with an all-natural formula, this toothpaste helps to prevent cavities and decay, whiten teeth and soothe the gums. Key ingredients are natural fluoride, olive leaf extract, Iceland moss, aloe vera and peppermint oil which help to keep the whole mouth healthy. This product is free from sodium lauryl sulfate and artificial ingredients.
3. Arbonne Pure Mint Toothpaste, £14.00, www.arbonneinternational.co.uk
This fluoride-free gel toothpaste helps to cleanse and brighten teeth naturally. Used daily it can help to remove stains and prevent the build-up of tartar and plaque. Free from artificial flavours, this product uses peppermint, spearmint, white tea, ginger, grape, pomegranate and cranberry to create a tasty toothpaste that leaves the breath feeling clean and fresh.
4. Urtekram Mint & Green Tea Toothpaste, £3.32, www.amazon.co.uk
Twenty per cent of the total ingredients in this toothpaste are from organic farming. Natural chalk (calcium carbonate) is used to clean the teeth and green tea extract is added for its antioxidant effect. Peppermint essential oil helps to freshen breath and provide an antimicrobial and antiseptic effect. Myrrh essential oil is also added to help strengthen the teeth and gums and keep the mouth healthy.
5. Eco-Dent Daily Care Baking Soda Toothpowder Anise, £5.78, www.amazon.co.uk
Each bottle of toothpowder provides up to 200 brushings which works out cheaper and is more environmentally friendly than a lot of toothpastes. The natural effervescence of the baking soda helps to gently clean and polish the teeth. Myrrh is added for healthier teeth and gums and anise oil helps to freshen the breath.