Why is time to change the way that we think about oral care?
Imagine every toothbrush you’ve ever owned sat in a landfill. Now multiply that by everyone else on the planet - it's a lot, right? Time for us vegans to step up. Being eco-friendly when we brush our teeth is more than just turning off the tap while we are brushing.
Over the recent years, awareness has increased significantly about the number of plastic toothbrushing products in the ocean, and the harmful effects of pesky chemicals inside oral care products (both on our mouths and our environment when they enter our waterways). And of course, of particular concern to us vegans, is the number of unnecessary ingredients found in oral care products that are sourced from our furry friends.
Here at PlantX, we are making it easy for you to step up to the plate. With an array of effective, innovative, and all-natural oral care products, handpicked for your browsing ease, there’s no reason not to join the responsible oral care revolution.
Is toothpaste vegan?
Toothpaste is not a product you would automatically think could be unsafe for vegans. However, not all toothpaste is vegan. This is because many kinds of toothpaste on the market include animal-based glycerin, calcium phosphate (often extracted from the char of bones), or ingredients derived from bees. Luckily for you, if you purchase a toothpaste from PlantX, we can guarantee it will be 100% free from ingredients sourced from animals.
Are toothbrushes vegan?
Surprisingly, not all toothbrushes are vegan either! While the turn to biodegradable toothbrushes, often made from sustainable bamboo, is something we vegans can get on board with - many are not suitable for vegans. Some biodegradable toothbrushes are coated with beeswax to prevent water absorption and improve robustness, meaning they are not vegan-friendly. Luckily at PlantX, our carefully selected products are always 100% vegan in addition to all their other benefits.
Why is all-natural and organic toothpaste better?
Non-organic toothpaste is often packed with ingredients that are harmful to your health, especially when consumed in bigger doses. For instance fluoride, a common ingredient in commercial toothpaste can cause blotches on the tooth's surface and can even be toxic in large doses. Another common ingredient of non-organic toothpaste is sodium lauryl sulfate, a foaming agent known to cause skin irritation or inflammation. These are just two examples of many. There is a wonderful selection of all-natural ingredients that can naturally freshen breath and clean teeth, so why not treat yourself to the love your mouth deserves, straight from mother nature? Save yourself from any unnecessary added bits and eliminate those potentially harmful chemicals. With PlantX at your fingertips, it’s too easy not to...
PlantX Tips for Good Oral Care:
- Brush your teeth twice a day. Take your time to make sure each entire tooth's surface is reached.
- Don't brush right after eating! Especially if you have eaten something acidic like citrus fruits or juices. Foods like this which contain citric acid soften tooth enamel after eating, therefore if you brush too soon you risk damaging the enamel in its soft state.
- Don't forget to clean your tongue. The tongue holds plenty of bacteria so it needs a good scrub twice daily too. Remember it’s oral care and not tooth care for a reason - make sure you are not neglecting any areas.
- Use equipment good for you and the planet. Use a toothbrush and toothpaste that gives your mouth the love it deserves. This means products designed to clean effectively and get right in those hard-to-reach spots. However, also make sure you are using a sustainable toothbrush that can be recycled, and toothpaste that does not harm the planet when you spit into our waterways. You can love your mouth and the planet at the same time.
- Replace your toothbrush! It is recommended that you invest in a new toothbrush every three months. Luckily if you are using a sustainable toothbrush from PlantX, you can renew your toothbrush without sacrificing our lovely planet.
- Know when to see a dentist. To prevent gum disease and other oral health problems it is important you schedule regular dental checkups with medical professionals. You should also see a professional if you notice any new symptoms that could be pointing to oral health problems, for example, red, bleeding, or tender gums, unusual sensitivity to hot and cold foods and liquids, or painful chewing.