If you're like most people, you probably don't give much thought to the toothpaste you use on a daily basis. You may have a favorite brand or flavor, but when it comes to the actual ingredients and benefits, you might not be aware of what you're really getting.
But the truth is, your toothpaste can make a big difference in the health and appearance of your teeth and gums. And if you're still using the same brand you've been using for years, you could be missing out on some major oral health benefits.
In this blog post, we'll be exploring 7 strong reasons why you need to stop using your current toothpaste and switch to something better. From fighting cavities to promoting healthy gums, we'll delve into the specific benefits that a high-quality toothpaste can offer.
So if you're ready to take your oral hygiene to the next level, read on to discover the top 7 reasons why you need to ditch your old toothpaste and make the switch to something better.
1. Fluoride-rich.. not a very good idea
Fluoride is commonly found in drinking water, and that amount of fluoride is enough to keep our teeth strong. Most people probably already know that fluorosis can result from excessive fluoride exposure (discolored spots on teeth). It can, however, also result in a range of severe adverse health effects, such as neurological and endocrine dysfunction.
Check your toothpaste's back the next time to make sure it doesn't contain fluoride.
2. Your toothpaste might have SLS, and so does your shampoo
Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) acts as a form of soap, helping the toothpaste foam. It is used by most manufacturers to make toothpastes because it is convenient and cheaper than the alternatives.
However, most people do not realize how harmful SLS can be by causing long-term damage to your teeth. It plays no real part in cleaning your teeth - it merely helps in foaming and thickening the toothpaste. The imbalance caused by SLS to the bacteria in your mouth can also lead to bad breath.
3. Your toothpaste may contain Paraben
Parabens are used to extend the shelf life of a variety of cosmetic products, including toothpaste.
By mimicking the hormone oestrogen, parabens can disrupt hormone function. Parabens have been linked to breast cancer in some cases (10). Some websites also claim that parabens cause developmental and reproductive problems, but this has yet to be proven.
4. It may contain artificial sweeteners
Many toothpaste brands use artificial sweeteners to make their product more appealing to consumers. However, these sweeteners have been linked to a variety of health issues, including weight gain, increased risk of diabetes, and even cancer. We, at Habbits, use Xylitol as a natural sweetener in our toothpaste.
5. It may contain microbeads
Microbeads, which are tiny plastic beads found in some toothpaste, have been found to pollute the environment and harm marine life. They are also not biodegradable, meaning they can remain in the environment for a long time.
6. It may not be effective at removing plaque and preventing cavities
Some toothpaste brands may not contain the right ingredients to effectively remove plaque and prevent cavities. It's important to choose a toothpaste that has been proven to be effective at reducing plaque and preventing cavities.
7. It may not be cruelty-free
Many toothpaste brands are not cruelty-free, meaning they have been tested on animals. If you are against animal testing, it's important to choose a toothpaste brand that is cruelty-free.
In conclusion, there are many strong reasons to consider switching from your current toothpaste. By choosing a toothpaste that is free of harmful chemicals, artificial sweeteners, microbeads, fluoride, and controversial ingredients, and is cruelty-free, you can improve your overall health and contribute to a more sustainable and ethical future.