Is vegan toothpaste the way forward?
Being vegan is more than just not eating animal products, it’s about omitting animal products for all aspects of your life. From your hair and beauty products to your clothing, accessories and household products.
More than just food.
Vegans have to give a lot of consideration for their dental care and the products they use to maintain a good dental hygiene routine. Many of the toothpastes on the supermarket and pharmacy shelves are tested on animals and therefore unsuitable for vegans.
In other toothpastes, there are traces of non-vegan ingredients. The primary non-vegan ingredient that’s found in toothpaste is glycerine. It’s present in most toothpastes and therefore isn’t appropriate for vegans.
Do Vegan Dental Products Do Our Teeth Any Good?
However, there is debate about the protectiveness and effectiveness of vegan toothpastes. Many vegan toothpastes do not contain fluoride, an ingredient in most of the big brand’s toothpastes. There has been an on-going argument surrounding fluoride in vegan toothpastes. Many vegans opt to use toothpastes and dental products that do not contain fluoride because they believe that it is toxic when ingested. As most vegans are on a plant-based diet, they do not like to consume goods that they believe to contain toxins.
What Do Dentists Think?
However, fluoride is viewed as a vital component in our dental care because it helps to keep teeth strong and healthy and fight off cavities which is why it is contained in so many brand’s toothpastes. Dentists encourage the use of fluoride toothpastes so it is really up to you whether or not you want to believe that the small amounts of fluoride it contains are toxic.
It’s notjust toothpaste that vegans have to consider when it comes to at-home dental routine. They also have to consider their mouthwash and dental floss. Mouthwashes often contain added fluoride and floss is coated in a thin wax which is not always vegan.
If you want to try out some natural vegan dental products, you can often find it stocked in health food stores. You may struggle to find it in your local supermarket or pharmacy. Alternatively, you’ll be able to find it online from sites such as Amazon!
What do you think?
We want to hear your thoughts on this! What do you think about natural toothpastes and mouthwashes? Or will you be sticking to the good old fluoride toothpaste that your dentist recommends? Let us know!