Teeth stuff is a delicate subject for me because of how costly it's been. In 2019 I ended up using the majority of my savings to get all my dental work up to date and due to a lack of coverage I was unable to repair one of my back teeth and ended up losing the tooth (which was traumatizing.) My dentist reassured me that there was really nothing I could do to save the tooth and that my tooth health was optimal (I brush my teeth, I floss, all that jazz) - so yeah. I lost the tooth because I'm poor. Cool, cool, cool.
So yeah, it's no wonder why I am so particular about what I use to take care of my teeth. I use natural deodorant and the majority of my skincare is also natural so why wouldn't I treat my oral care the same way?
In reality the question was why not? I test out a lot of product and am exposed to a lot of god-only-knows-what ingredients so the products I use day to day when I'm not trying something new I try and keep as simple as possible.
Considering that whatever toothpaste I'm using I am probably also eating there are a few common ingredients I try my best to avoid:
WAIT - BUT DOES IT ACTUALLY CLEAN YOUR TEETH?
A misconception about toothpaste is that it is meant to clean your teeth when rather it's meant to kill bacteria and restore your mouth pH balance. The act of brushing and flossing your teeth is what cleans your teeth, not the toothpaste and mouthwash on its own. That's why a good toothbrush can be so costly.
Think of it this way; if you were cleaning your counters with a rag and all purpose spray, a toothbrush is the rag (it gets all the shit off the counter and puts in the elbow grease) while the toothpaste is the all purpose spray (it disinfects and smells nice).
MY PERSONAL PICK
The team at Lokena sent me some samples prior to their launch to try out and I've been using both the mouthwash and the toothpaste for about a month now. My first impressions were of how gentle the formula was and either product burned the way other toothpastes I've used had. I tend to dread using mouthwash because of the burning semsation and because I have sensitive gums but both products were fine for everyday use.
Their site also does a great job of breaking down how they compare to other natural toothpastes and Lokena is aimed at killing bacteria more effectively than others.
One of my favourite things about Lokena is their commitment to transparency with a full ingredient breakdown list with descriptions available on their site (see it here). I did the work y'all. I read the whole thing and there is no ingredient added just for the hell of it making the formula well-rounded.
At the time of this post, it is not available yet but is available for pre-order! It is a bit pricier than drugstore toothpastes (priced at $14 a tube) but I find that a little goes a long way.
The fine print: Lokena was kind enough to send me samples of their product however all thoughts and opinions are my own. None of the links above are affiliate links.
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