Did you know we sell a range of natural toothpastes from Optima Naturals? These products combine Aloe Vera with various active ingredients including Coconut Oil or Charcoal.
Not convinced? Well pop in and get your free sample to try!
In this post we'll introduce you to two of these products and describe the benefits of brushing your teeth with charcoal and coconut oil based toothpastes. Just two of the healthy products we stock from the Optima Naturals range.
Aloe Dent from Optima Naturals
Aloe Dent is a line of revolutionary products for oral hygiene. Traditional toothpaste has high water content that doesn’t absolve any beneficial function, but in Aloe Dent this water is replaced with Aloe Vera Juice, and together a mixture of natural active ingredients and carefully selected, creates a unique and exceptional toothpaste line. With regular use, as part of a proper oral hygiene program, Aloe Dent offers a valuable support in the fight against tooth caries and gum disease, in a natural way and leaving the incredibly fresh mouth.
Aloe Dent is able to balance the oral cavity’s pH at least for five hours, protecting teeth between one application and another. Furthermore, thanks to its incredible antibacterial properties and to instantaneous emollient effect of Aloe Dent, you’ll have a fresh mouth and visible benefit for a long time.
Continued Use of Aloe Dent, which, however, shouldn’t replace the check-up at the dentist, helps to prevent the accumulation of harmful bacteria that are the main cause of:
• Bad breath
• Dental pigmentation
• Oral candida
• Periodontal disease
Activated Charcoal Toothpaste
Activated charcoal is everywhere; it is the latest thing in wellness and you will find it in loads of products including juices and now toothpaste. Let's be clear this is not the same charcoal as you find in your Weber BBQ!
Activated charcoal has been used in clinical applications since the 1800s. In 1831, Tovery stood before the French Academy of Medicine and ingested a lethal dose of strychnine mixed with charcoal. In one of the most classic demonstrations of the benefits of this substance, Tovery suffered no ill effects from the strychnine because of the simultaneous ingestion of charcoal. In 1834, Hort, an American physician, reportedly saved the life of a patient by administering charcoal after the patient had ingested mercury bichloride.
Over the next 150 years or so, charcoal was further refined, purified and activated to improve its adsorptive powers. Sadly, it has only been more widely accepted as an essential tool in the management of poisonings for the past twenty years.
3 benefits of brushing with activated charcoal
1. Charcoal toothpaste removes stains.
This toothpaste is a fantastic way to remove external stains (discoloration from substances on the outside of the tooth, like wine, coffee, berries, other staining foods). Keep in mind, though, that this isn’t the same thing as whitening teeth. Stain removal, however, is still an important part of keeping your teeth beautiful.
Caution: Activated charcoal products may stain grout and fabrics, so protect your counters, floors, and clothes, before using.
2. Charcoal toothpaste removes acidic plaque and gives us fresh breath.
Brushing with this kind of toothpaste raises the pH of your mouth because the charcoal binds to acidic elements and increases their rate of excretion from the body. This can help reduce the buildup of acidic plaque and improve your breath if you struggle with halitosis.
3. Using charcoal-based toothpaste aids dental health
We all need a balance in our oral microbiome. Proper use of charcoal toothpaste may provide this balance, while also helping to prevent damage by making sure your mouth’s immune system is operating at top levels. Plus, it’s not just benefiting your immune system—some evidence suggests that using activated charcoal can even improve bad cholesterol.
Aloe Dent - Triple Action Charcoal Toothpaste
Feel completely refreshed with the activated cleansing power of Aloe Dent's Triple Action Charcoal Toothpaste. With carefully blended natural botanical extracts such as Aloe Vera Juice, Icelandic Moss and Tea Tree Oil and the cleansing power of unique Activated Charcoal complex, this brightening toothpaste helps to naturally whiten teeth while removing impurities. The advanced formulation delivers fresh breath protection whilst helping to fight harmful bacteria.
Coconut Oil Toothpaste
Coconut oil inhibits the growth of Streptococcus mutans, an acid-producing bacterium that is a major cause of tooth decay. As a natural toothpaste it is free of harmful ingredients like fluoride, triclosan, and sodium laureth sulfate (SLS).
Aloe Dent - Triple Action Coconut Toothpaste
Strengthen your smile with Aloe Dent Triple Action Coconut Oil Toothpaste. With a unique formulation that includes a complex blend of natural ingredients such as Aloe Vera Juice, Menthol and Stevia, this Organic Coconut Oil Toothpaste helps cleanse, refresh, and brighten, fighting harmful bacteria while providing natural protection.
3 Reasons to Use Coconut Oil as Toothpaste
1. No Harmful Chemicals
Conventional toothpaste such as Colgate Total contains an antibacterial chemical called triclosan, which has been linked to concerns over antibiotic resistance and endocrine disruption.
Endocrine-disrupting chemicals are a serious concern, as they can promote a wide variety of health problems, including: breast, ovarian, prostate, and testicular cancer, preterm and low birth weight babies, precocious puberty in girls, and undescended testicles in boys.
Some animal studies showed that triclosan caused fetal bone malformations in mice and rats, which may hint at hormonal effects.
Fluoride is another common chemical in conventional toothpaste. Fluoride is a toxic industrial waste product that is a poison to your body even in trace amounts…
2. Effective Against Cavity-Causing Bacteria
Research even shows that massaging coconut oil into your gums for about 10 minutes daily (continued for three weeks) significantly reduces decay-causing Streptococcus mutans as well as plaque.4
3. No Foaming Agents
Many toothpastes also contain surfactants like sodium laurel sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate (SLS), or sodium lauryl ether sulfate (SLES). Surfactants are chemicals responsible for the foaming action of the toothpaste, but they also interfere with the functioning of your taste buds by breaking up the phospholipids on your tongue.
This enhances bitter tastes and is thought to be the reason why everything tastes so bad right after you've brushed your teeth. This may also be part of why coconut oil works so well for oral hygiene, as it helps maintain a more natural balance of lipids on your tongue, while still having potent antibacterial properties.
Not to mention, SLS has even been linked to painful canker sores, with research suggesting an SLS-free toothpaste should be used for people with recurring sores.