In recent years, the self-care and beauty industry has observed a huge surge in demand for natural and organic products, hence the ‘clean beauty’ boom. However, until recently, one category was in need of attention: oral care.
We fill our homes with organic produce and natural beauty products, so why don’t we apply the same principle to brushing our teeth? When it comes to maintaining optimum dental health, we get it, compromising isn’t an option. But, what if we told you many traditional toothpastes contain artificial sweeteners, preservatives, and even synthetic dyes. Making the switch to organic and natural toothpaste means fewer chemicals and additives. What’s not to like?
The clincher: not all-natural toothpastes are created equal. Enter ukiwi, the natural New Zealand toothpaste brand letting nature do the hard work.
What’s all the buzz about?
The hero ingredient in ukiwi’s range is propolis. Propolis is what bees use to sterilise their hives and keep them free from infection. Turns out, scientists have discovered that it’s also a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent for human teeth and gums. And, we know, bee-utiful teeth start with healthy gums.
Add to this, a dose of micro-hydroxyapatite, which replenishes essential enamel minerals. Meanwhile, Xylitol Xylitol (natural sweetener) adds a protective layer to help prevent tooth decay.
The new Macaron Collection is available in three yummy flavours: Cherry, Blueberry (both fluoride-free) or Kiwifruit. What you won’t find on the ingredient list are sugar, parabens, tranexamic acid, gluten or artificial sweeteners.
Need convincing to make the switch? Ahead are four tips for the unacquainted...
When brushing your teeth, it’s inevitable that you’ll swallow or absorb some of the toothpaste. By using a natural option, you don’t have to worry about any potentially harmful ingredients getting into your body. Natural toothpastes can eliminate the bacteria in your mouth naturally with out using harmful chemicals
Some traditional toothpastes contain chemicals that are abrasive on the enamel of teeth and gums. These chemicals have been linked to receding gums.
It’s better for the environment
Toxic chemicals from regular toothpastes eventually make their way into our oceans and can harm precious marine life. Natural toothpastes also hold properties of eliminating the bacteria in your mouth naturally without the need of using harmful chemicals.
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Tips on keeping your teeth clean and healthy
This one’s a no brainer but, there’s still many who forget or neglect brushing our teeth at night altogether. Brushing your teeth before bed gets rid of all the germs and plaque that’s been built up throughout the day (yuck!).
Brush them properly
It’s extremely crucial to do the job properly. Doing a poor job of brushing your teeth is almost as bad as not brushing them at all. A tip? Take your time. Move your toothbrush in gentle and circular motions to completely remove plaque.
Don’t forget the tongue
One that is missed by most. Plaque can also be built on your tongue after a while - leading to bad breath - no thank you. So, make it a routine to always gently brush your tongue after your teeth!
Floss, floss, floss
Brushing your teeth regularly can help, sure, but some of us often forget to floss. It’s not just to get out the food that’s stuck in between your teeth, but, it also helps to stimulate the gums and reducing plaque. Flossing at least once a day can do wonders for your little pearls.