Most of us have our teeth-cleaning routine down pat, but the type of toothpaste you use can also greatly affect how your teeth look and feel. This is especially true if you have sensitive teeth and gums. Some mainstream toothpastes can have abrasive ingredients or artifical flavors and colors that may not be the best option for sensitive folks. Luckily there are some quite a few all-natural options on the market to choose from. When you’re shopping, be sure to consider:
- Tooth Sensitivity: If you have sensitive teeth and gums, you probably dread eating everything from hot soup to ice cream cones, and brushing can be no better. Using a natural toothpaste is already a move in the right direction, as sugar and abrasives can further sensitize your teeth. Look for ingredients like potassium nitrate, stannous fluoride, and strontium chloride that can help protect your smile.
- Whitening Power: If you want sparkling white teeth, you can find a natural toothpaste that offers whitening ingredients. The most commonly-used whitening ingredient is hydrogen peroxide, which is used in some natural toothpastes—but if you’re looking for something more natural you can also try out products formulated with baking soda.
- Super-Powered Ingredients: A relatively common ingredient in germ-fighting toothpastes is triclosan, an anti-bacterial additive. But there are concerns about mounting triclosan levels in wastewater, so natural toothpastes use things like tea tree oil and coconut oil to help fight bacteria.
Our Picks for the Best Natural Toothpastes on Amazon
This fluoride-free option helps to prevent tartar buildup and remove stains with naturally derived ingredients like zinc and xylitol, while leaving you with a fresh peppermint taste. Tom’s of Maine
Runner Up: Boka Ela Mint Natural Toothpaste – Nano-Hydroxyapatite for Remineralizing and Sensitivity
Vegan and Cruelty-Free
Formulated with nHa, one of the minerals in enamel, which helps to strengthen and rebuild teeth. Boka
Great for Sensitive Teeth: Sensodyne Pronamel Gentle Teeth Whitening Enamel Toothpaste for Sensitive Teeth
While not officially considered an “all-natural” toothpaste, it contains no triclosan or sodium laureth sulfate and is specially formulated specifically for sensitive mouths. It’s active ingredients remineralize your enamel, helping to reduce pain and tenderness. PRONAMEL
Great for Kids: Tom’s of Maine Natural Children’s Fluoride Toothpaste
Extra gentle for your little ones, with flavors like strawberry, blueberry, mango, fruitilicious, and mild mint. Tom’s of Maine
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