I’ve been asked a couple of times about herbal toothpaste and if they are efficient. I came across this article from the daily mail UK. I shall test some products myself and let you know. For now here is the article.
Should you use herbal toothpaste?
by CHARLOTTE HARDING, femail.co.uk
But who are these toothpastes aimed at? And do they really work?
Makers of the natural pastes use a wide range of different herbs which they claim mimic the functions of traditional toothpastes – the ability to fight plaque, freshen breath and prevent gum disease.
They claim customers prefer them to traditional toothpastes for a variety of reasons. Many are apparently opting for them because they are not tested on animals.
Others, keen to protect the environment or who are sensitive to the ingredients in traditional toothpastes, are attracted to the fact that they contain no artificial colours or flavourings.
People who use homeopathic medicines are also attracted to toothpastes that don’t contain mint because practitioners claim the herb may interfere with the effectiveness of their treatment.
Many of the herbal toothpastes on the market also boast they are ‘fluoride free’. Although fluoride has been championed for years as the best way of combating tooth decay by increasing the resistance of enamel to the acid produced by bacteria in the mouth, there has been some controversy over its use in recent years.
A growing body of experts claim if children take too much fluoride when they are young they can suffer a condition called fluorosis which causes teeth to become mottled.
In some areas of Britain where fluoride is already added to the water supply many parents are turning to toothpastes without fluoride. Interest in this area has grown so much that Kingfisher, one of the country’s biggest manufacturers of herbal toothpastes, now sell more non-fluoride than fluoride products.
Despite this, both the British Dental Association, the organisation representing dentists across Britain, and the British Dental Health Foundation, the independent charity representing consumers, recommend that people should use toothpastes containing fluoride.
Although many natural health practitioners are recommending herbal toothpastes and despite anecdotal evidence that they work, many of the health claims made for them have not been clinically proven.
Only one range of herbal toothpastes has had it’s health claims approved by the BDHF – Kingfisher.
‘Consumers need to be wary of claims made by manufacturers about the benefits of their products,’ said a BDHF spokesman. ‘If a product carries the Foundation accreditation logo a customer can be sure that a scientific testing supports any claims made on the packaging and have not been sensationalised.’
But natural health expert Maryon Stewart, author of the Natural Health Bible, says the lack of clinical trials should not necessarily put people off using herbal toothpastes.
‘Clinical trials cost a lot of money and many of the smaller health companies do not have the money to carry them out,’ she says. ‘Many of the natural products in herbal toothpastes have been used for many years by people to great effect. I think some people would be surprised by the amount of chemicals used in some toothpastes – but herbal ones are completely natural.’