Many people are now clicking on to the fact that not everything we get told is good for us, is actually good for us. This has led many people to look into ways to cause less damage to their teeth. The answer is non abrasive toothpaste.
What is non abrasive toothpaste?
The way most toothpastes work right now is to use an abrasive element to scrub the teeth to remove dirt, plaque and other dirt on the teeth. This is seemed great until we realised that the abrasive part of the toothpaste was actually damaging the outer layer of the teeth.
This outer layer is what we know as the enamel. Most of these abrasive toothpastes actually claim to protect the enamel but the truth is that the most commonly used abrasive elements are actually bashing away at the enamel, making it less protective to our teeth. Repeatedly using these types of toothpaste can cause permanently damage the enamel beyond easy repair. Did you know that a typical toothpaste is 50% abrasive elements?
Your choice of toothpaste is not the only thing that can effect how well maintained our enamel is, it is also effected by what food and drinks you are consuming, how you brush your teeth and with what kind of toothbrush they are brushed. If you do not brush your teeth often enough you are leaving your enamel open to damage also.
One way you can make a change to the health of your enamel is to use a non abrasive toothpaste.
Using a non abrasive toothpaste
Many people will argue that non abrasive toothpaste does not exist, this is true to an extent. You want to use a toothpaste that is the least abrasive to the teeth to protect them from more damage. You can use the information on the box to decide how good a toothpaste is and how likely it is to destroy your enamel. You can check the RDA value of a toothpaste to decide whether to use it or not.
For some basic guidelines use the information below;
A score of 0-70 = low-abrasive
A score of 70-100 = medium abrasive
A score of 100-150 = highly abrasive
A score of 150-250 = extremely abrasive
A score of 250 = the highest level recommended for abrasiveness
Choosing a non abrasive toothpaste
In my personal opinion the best non abrasive toothpaste is known as ‘toothgel’ because it is so gentle to the teeth. The ingredients include Aloe Vera which means the toothgel is also great for soothing the gums and mouth in general and can help to prevent ulcers. The toothgel is gentle on underlying conditions such as ulcers, gum disease and more.
The toothgel is a bright green colour making it fun for kids too. It is much safer as it does not contain fluoride so it is safe to have around the home without the fear of the kids getting hold of it and eating too much and therefore poisoning themselves.
What are the main disadvantages of abrasive toothpaste?
- The glycerin in regular toothpastes also leaves a film on the teeth. This makes it hard for remineralisation to occur. Glycerin is an animal product (taken from bone marrow – ew) making most toothpastes unsuitable for vegetarians.
- Abrasive toothpaste can dull veneers.
- The abrasive elements grind away the enamel leaving the inner tooth more exposed. The inner tooth is more likely to adsorb food and and drinks leaving there more chance for the teeth to become permanently stained and discoloured.
- The break down of enamel can cause sensitive pains in the teeth.
- Losing enamel leaves the teeth weak.
- Lots of the big brands still use animal testing for their products.
I hope I have convinced you to at least look into how bad your toothpaste is damaging your teeth, and maybe made you consider purchasing a new, non abrasive toothgel.
Natasha is a health and wellness blogger at Aloe Vera Guide. She writes about everything Aloe Vera and how you can use it in your everyday life and has an Aloe Vera online store you can buy from too.