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Natural and organic dental care tips

06/03/2014 by Alexandra

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Green People’s natural dental care products are made with organic essential oils, vitamin C and Myrrh, known to relieve soreness and swelling, Our natural toothpastes protect the mouth from bacterial growth naturally, without needing to bring in synthetic chemicals which the body does not know how to deal with.

"Our natural toothpastes protect the mouth from bacterial growth naturally"

The fact that the natural ingredients occur in nature also means that these toothpastes do not have the negative impact on the environment which can be the case with their synthetic rivals.

aloe vera

Green People’s natural toothpastes also draw on the properties of pure, organic Aloe Vera, which has a remarkably soothing effect on sensitive gums, helping to reduce swelling and discomfort. It is also an effective antiseptic and aids in keeping gums clean, especially in areas which are hard to reach with the toothbrush.

All of our toothpastes contain natural Betaine. Clinical trials have shown that this ingredient relieves the symptoms of Dry Mouth Syndrome, a common condition which affect as many as one in four people in the UK.

At Green People, we are committed to using natural ingredients in our organic dental care range, which includes a range of toothpastes for adults and children. We believe that the effectiveness of our chosen ingredients, together with their natural action make these natural toothpastes a safe, ethical choice for all the family.

Other natural ways to clean your teeth


THE MISWAK STICK


For thousands of years, people in some Middle Eastern, Asian and African countries have used the Miswak, a stick from a certain type of tree (Salvadora persica), to clean their teeth and gums effectively.

Recent research from the King Saud University has shown that this stick contains many natural substances which help to protect the gums from disease, kill micro-organisms in the mouth and increase salivation.

The Miswak stick demonstrates how natural materials can offer us an excellent alternative to the synthetic chemical ingredients which can be found in many personal care products, from shampoos to sanitisers, and from toners to toothpastes.


CRANBERRIES


There is a compound in cranberries that prevents microorganisms from adhering to cells in the urinary tract where they cause urinary tract infections (UTIs). These "anti-adhesion" properties that prevent bacteria from forming in the urinary tract also prevent bacteria from growing in the mouth where they form dental plaque, which is the leading cause of gum disease.


SAGE


Make a strong tea of sage and add sea salt to make a mouthwash. Pour a cup of boiling water over one tablespoon of sage leaves; cover and steep for 15 minutes; strain; add two teaspoons of sea salt. Use twice daily after brushing your teeth. Refrigerate. Both sage and sea salt have antiseptic properties that reduce inflammation and promote healing. They are also astringent, which helps tighten the gums.

Ingredients we do not use

FLUORIDE: At present, 97% of the western European population drinks non-fluoridated water. This includes: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Norway, Portugal, Scotland, Sweden, Switzerland, and approximately 90% of both the United Kingdom and Spain. Although some of these countries fluoridate their salt, the majority do not. (The only western European countries that allow salt fluoridation are Austria, France, Germany, Spain, and Switzerland.)

Interestingly, some of these have recorded even lower dental decay rates since the fluoride was removed from the water system, which has led some people to question the efficacy of fluoride.

However, it is not just its efficacy in preventing tooth decay which has put fluoride in the spotlight. If people are exposed to too much, it can lead to permanently brown-stained teeth; a condition known as fluorosis. Children are particularly vulnerable to these marks, which is why it is recommended that they only use a very small amount of toothpaste when brushing their teeth.

TRICLOSAN: Triclosan is used in many non-natural toothpastes, though it is not nearly as well known as Fluoride. However, concerns have been raised over the reaction which occurs when it comes into contact with the chlorine which is found in tap water.

Chloroform and other compounds are produced, which then convert into dioxins when they come into contact with sunlight. Dioxins are classified as being a threat to public health.

There are further issue with triclosan in that there is a risk it could lead to increased bacterial resistance to it and other antimicrobial productions, as well as the fact it is ‘bioaccumulative’, which means it does not break down and accumulates up the food chain.

SODIUM LAURYL SULPHATE (SLS): Sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) which is added to many of the toothpastes, soaps and shampoos. Next time you go shopping, have a look and see just how many of the leading brands use it. SLS is used in toothpaste to make it foam when you brush your teeth.

Unfortunately, it is also a skin irritant. SLS has been shown to cause damage to oral tissues and reaction to SLS may cause gingivitis, receding gums and canker sores, a type of mouth ulcer.

  • SLS can damage the delicate mucosal membranes in the mouth, causing the separation of epithelial layers from the mucosa
  • Burning and severe itching of the oral mucosa following the application of SLS containing toothpaste has been reported
  • The tissue damage caused by SLS increases with increasing concentration of SLS
  • Switching from a toothpaste containing SLS to one without, can lead to a statistically significant decrease in the occurrence of mouth ulcers in those with recurrent aphthous ulcers

Read more about our SLS-free toothpastes.


Have you got a question about natural dental care or looking after your family's dental health? Our customer care team is happy to help. Please call us on 01403 740350 or leave a comment or question below.



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