Oral Health Trend: Are Natural Oral Hygiene Products Worth the Hype?
Oral Hygiene Trend: Natural Oral Hygiene Products
In one of your recent trips to the grocery store, you’ve probably seen the increase in natural products. Natural deodorants, skincare, organic snacks, and even all-natural oral hygiene products. While the idea of all-natural toothpastes, mouthwashes, etc. sound appealing, are they as effective as what we’re used to?
According to Dentistry Today,
“The global market for oral hygiene products such as toothbrushes, toothpastes, and mouth rinses will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 3.29% from 2018 to 2022, according to Research and Markets.”
So, the demand for more natural ingredients and products is definitely true, but do the products work as well as traditional products?
Natural Toothpaste Effectiveness
The main concern is fluoride. Many natural toothpastes do not contain the ingredient, which many dental experts say is essential to healthy teeth. Dr. Uchenna from Women’s Health Magazine, states that
“natural toothpaste is not better than regular toothpaste. This all depends on what you mean by ‘natural’. Most commonly this is to do with fluoride and, if that is the case, I do not agree it is better.”
Dr. Eskander also told Women’s Health,
“Fluoride is a key ingredient to prevent cavities, which many natural toothpastes lack. Toothpaste is, I think, the best way to get your dose of fluoride which has been proven to be effective in preventing tooth decay. It works best topically and daily coating of the enamel is key. But, with toothpaste, you only need a pea sized amount, most people use too much. Don’t be fooled by false marketing. Fluoride is safe and effective when used properly.”
Read the article: Natural Toothpastes: Do they work? Dental Experts Weigh In
However, Dr. Eskander also notes that non-natural toothpastes can sometimes contain a harmful ingredient known as SLS. It is a skin-irritant and can get rid of your natural oils. She states that while she thinks it’s great that natural toothpastes are SLS free, she urges consumers to look at the ingredients closely and make sure there are not any added flavorings with sugar. While traditional toothpaste could use an overhaul, Dr. Eskander states, there isn’t the perfect natural toothpaste, just yet.
If you are using a natural toothpaste without fluoride, you could try introducing a fluoride mouthwash twice a day to add some fluoride into your oral health routine.
Related Article: Effectiveness of Herbal Oral Care
A Holistic Approach
As mentioned, there is a growing trend towards a more holistic health approach. More people are straying away from using fluoride and other unnatural toxic materials, like mercury. This trend toward a more natural, whole-body approach to oral healthcare and hygiene represents a paradigm shift in dentistry. There is certainly value in looking at the whole patient, including lifestyle and diet when developing a dental care relationship and treatment plan. However, it’s important that both patients and dentists communicate clearly. Ask your dentist to advise what treatments are supported by evidence and which may or may not be helping.
If you’re looking for natural options, check out these Natural Oral Hygiene Products from Allure Magazine’s Article, 9 Best Natural and Organic Toothpastes, according to dentists
Regular Dental Exams Catch and Prevent Problems
Regardless of where you stand on toothpastes with fluoride vs. natural oral hygiene products, we can all agree on one thing … scheduling regular dental exams are important to the beauty and health of your smile.
While you may not think much of getting your teeth professionally cleaned and examined, the benefits are ginormous. Preventative dental appointments or regular dental cleanings and exams should be every six months and it’s the perfect opportunity for your dentist to inspect your mouth for any issues.
These can be:
- Gum disease
- Oral Cancer
The best way to help oral health issues is early detection, so staying on top of your appointments is key to your oral health status. Not everyone stays on top of their oral health routines, hygiene habits, diet, etc., making it even more imperative for a checkup. Even if your dentist doesn’t find any issues, you’ll have peace of mind that your oral health is in good standing. A majority of people need a dental cleaning twice a year. Others who build up heavy stain and tartar or are battling gum disease need to have a teeth cleaning more often.
Preventative Dentistry Explained
Preventative dentistry is also commonly known as general dentistry. These dental services include your regular dental exams, cleanings, and x-rays. When you go to the dentist for your normal cleanings and visits, you’re dealing with preventative dentistry.
- Dental cleanings
- Oral cancer screenings
- Early dental diagnosis
- Fluoride and sealants
- Home care coaching
- Mouth guards and retainers
This is because cleanings can prevent future oral health issues. With good preventive care, you can avoid costly and frustrating oral health issues in the future. So, it’s extremely important to see your dentist often for checkups. During checkups, dentists can also look for any signs and symptoms of serious oral health issues – providing a great defense and early detection.
We Provide Regular Dental Exams & Emergency Appointments
At the offices of Thomas L. Anderson, DDS and Associates we are prepared to assist our patients when they need a regular dental exam and cleaning or when a dental emergency occurs. Should you be experiencing a toothache, severe pain, swelling, tooth loss, mouth trauma or any other conditions that require urgent care, contact us at 816-373-4440 immediately. Our team of experts will work swiftly and meticulously to alleviate pain and solve the issue. When patients call in this type of scenario, we always do our best to accommodate a same day emergency appointment. You may not be able to anticipate when a dental emergency will happen; however, you can rest assured that you will receive swift expert emergency care when you call our office. Contact Us to receive a reliable same day emergency appointment.
Contact us today to schedule your dental appointment and meet with our skilled dentists at one of our three conveniently located dental office locations within the Kansas City area, including Lee’s Summit / Independence, the Country Club Plaza and Downtown Kansas City. The gentle dentists and expert team at Thomas L. Anderson and Associates look forward to working with you to treat your dental emergency, achieve proper oral health and a beautiful smile that will last a lifetime. If you have any questions about your dental insurance benefits, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are happy to review your policy! Please give us a call today to schedule an appointment and become part of our dental family.