(and the not-so-natural ingredients you want to avoid!)
For the everyday toothpaste user, the ingredients list for “natural toothpaste” might seem to include some not-so-natural-sounding items. To help out, here is a review the major ingredients in Perfect Smile’s own Natural Fluoride-free CoQ10 Toothpaste to explain what each ingredient is (for those that are not obvious) and what they contribute to the overall makeup of natural toothpaste in general.
Glycerin is used both as a sweetener and to help achieve the smooth paste consistency; it is derived from vegetable oil.
Hydrated Silica is a natural, mild abrasive that helps remove plaque and tartar from the teeth. It also helps maintain the overall paste consistency; Hydrated Silica is derived from silica or “sand” from the earth’s surface that is milled down (reduced) to a size which functions best as a mild abrasive.
Purified Water is another element that is used for the overall consistency of the toothpaste so it is easy to extract from the tube; purification is used to remove any impurities in the water before it is added to the toothpaste mixture.
Xylitol serves many purposes in toothpaste: it is a natural sweetener, it helps to balance pH levels in the mouth, it prevents bacteria from sticking to teeth, it helps remove tartar from teeth and it also assists in re-mineralizing teeth (i.e. re-harden tooth enamel); Xylitol occurs naturally in some fruits and vegetables and is commercially extracted from woody fibrous plant material.
Cocamidopropyl Betaine is a foaming agent which helps keep the toothpaste in your mouth – lack of such an agent would cause it to dribble out of your mouth and make a mess while you brushed; it is an organic substance that is extracted from coconut oil.
Aloe Vera Gel is included for its anti-inflammatory and soothing qualities. It has also been shown to reduce cavities, plaque and symptoms of gingivitis; Aloe Vera Gel is extracted from the aloe vera plant.
Cellulose Gum is used as a thickening agent to aid with the paste consistency; cellulose gum comes from the cell walls of plants, in particular from cotton seeds and wood pulp.
Natural Flavor is included to give toothpaste a fresh, clean taste, in toothpaste usually peppermint, spearmint, wintergreen or cinnamon. These flavors can also help reduce the symptoms of bad breath; natural flavors are extracted from their corresponding herbs or trees.
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a naturally occurring vitamin-like substance that is present in nearly every cell in the human body which has been shown have positive effects on heart health, cognitive and brain functions, energy levels and also in preventing and even reversing the symptoms of gum disease; CoQ10 is manufactured via various methods including yeast fermentation and bacteria fermentation. (See information below regarding the CoQ10 used in Perfect Smile Oral Care products.)
Stevia Extract is a natural sweetener that can be up to 300 times sweeter than sugar yet has little or no impact on blood sugar levels; Stevia extract comes from the leaves of the stevia plant.
Grapefruit Seed Extract is considered to have antimicrobial properties and also has been shown to help control plaque and also treat the symptoms of gingivitis; it is extracted from the pulp and seeds of grapefruit.
Parsley Extract has antioxidant properties and also acts as an antimicrobial; it is extracted from the herb parsley.
Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate is a stabilized and longer-lasting form of Vitamin C that is more readily absorbed by the gums. Vitamin C is primarily known for its antioxidant properties and is critical for maintaining healthy gums.
Sodium Bicarbonate, also known as baking soda, helps whiten teeth and remove plaque. In addition it can help minimize bad breath; Sodium Bicarbonate is derived mined soda ash that is dissolved in water and then treated with carbon dioxide.
Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate helps disperse the ingredients of the toothpaste onto your teeth, gums and throughout your mouth. It also works as a mild foaming agent; it is derived from coconut oil.
Among these ingredients, all of which are included Perfect Smile’s Natural Fluoride-free Toothpaste, it is the CoQ10 which makes Perfect Smile’s natural toothpaste standout among the other natural toothpastes available today. Perfect Smile uses an exclusive formulation of CoQ10 in its oral care products, MicroActive® CoQ10 Complex. This advanced CoQ10 has been proven to be much more bioavailable (i.e. usable by the body) than regular CoQ10. In addition, MicroActive CoQ10 has been made to be water soluble whereas regular CoQ10 is oil (fat) soluble. This allows MicroActive CoQ10 to be better absorbed into the gums than standard CoQ10.
It is also important to note what is not included in Perfect Smile’s Natural CoQ10 Toothpaste. Here is a list of ingredients you WILL NOT find in our natural toothpaste:
Fluoride: It is obvious that we don’t include this in our natural toothpaste, but it is important to mention just the same. Natural ingredients in our toothpaste, primarily xylitol and sodium bicarbonate perform the function of fluoride to help remove plaque, strengthen tooth enamel and prevent tooth decay.
Artificial Sweeteners: Perfect Smile Natural Fluoride-free CoQ10 Toothpaste does not contain any potentially harmful artificial sweeteners like saccharin or aspartame.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS): SLS is foaming agent chemically known as a detergent or surfactant and has been clinically shown to be a skin irritant. Perfect Smile Natural Toothpaste contains Cocamidopropyl Betaine, an organic extraction from coconut oil, as its foaming agent.
Chemical Preservatives: Perfect Smile Natural Toothpaste does not contain synthetic chemicals such as methylparaben and propylparaben as preservatives. Instead, we use aloe vera gel, grapefruit seed extract and parsley extract which act as preservatives and anti-microbials.
Animal By-Products: Perfect Smile products do not contain animal by-products and are not animal tested.
Gluten: Our Natural Fluoride-free CoQ10 Toothpaste is gluten free.
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