Just like thick shiny hair white teeth are a signal for a person’s health and energy. And we all want to have that pearly smile, don’t we?
But why do get teeth yellow over time, at all?
The enamel and dentin of the teeth play the crucial role in what we perceive as tooth color.
Underneath the enamel is a pale brown substance called dentin. Dentin is a hard yellow material that carries nerves, pulp, which is at the center of the tooth and contains blood and lymph vessels, and cementum, which covers the root of the tooth.
The dentin becomes more visible when the enamel gets thinner. Certain food and drinks break down the enamel over time. As the enamel breaks down, it reveals the yellow dentin underneath.
Habits that accelerate this process include drinking coffee or tea, smoking cigarettes, or consuming lots of foods high in acid such as soft drinks. But also disease symptoms such as suffering from dry mouth, breathing through your mouth or genetic factors can play a role why your teeth lose its pearly color.
There are a variety of ways to whiten your teeth. Your dentist can perform an In-house Bleaching with high concentration bleaching substances or you can use home bleaching products that usually have lower concentrations of bleaching substances.
You can also use a Whitening toothpaste but there you have to be cautious. A Whitening toothpaste cannot actually change the natural color of the teeth. Many of the whitening toothpastes are abrasive and contain tiny particles which remove stains by scratching the surface of the enamel. Once the stained layer is removed, the unstained layer below is what makes your teeth appear whiter. But with overuse this can also remove the enamel causing the teeth to become more sensitive.
A recent trend is the whitening of teeth with activated charcoal. Activated charcoal can help whiten your teeth by absorbing plaque and microscopic tidbits that cause staining. But that is controversial as the long term effects have not been studied yet.
We have put together a list of fluoride free whitening toothpastes for you focussing on products from natural and trustful brands. But anyway, make sure you don’t use it the everyday or even exclusively.
Himalaya Whitening Toothpaste
With Neem, Triphala and Pomegranate.
Fluoride Free, Carrageenan Free, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) Free, Gluten Free, Vegan
Water (aqua), Calcium Carbonate, Xylitol, Vegetable Glycerin (from vegetable oils), Silica, Lauryl Glucoside (from coconut oil), Stevia Rebaudiana (stevia) Extract, Xanthan Gum, Flavor (from essential oils and botanicals), Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate & Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate (from amino acids and vegetable oil), Menthol (from peppermint leaves)*, Sodium Chloride, Zinc Citrate, Thymol (from thyme leaf oil), Melia Azadiracta (neem) Leaf Extract*, Punica Granatum (pomegranate) Fruit Extract*, Embelia Ribes (vidanga) Fruit Extract*, Terminalia Bellerica (belleric myrobalan) Fruit Extract*, Phyllanthus Emblica (amla) Fruit Extract*, Terminalia Chebula (chebulic myrobalan) Fruit Extract*, Acacia Arabica (Indian gum arabic tree) Bark Extract.* *Organic
Tom’s of Maine Antiplaque and Whitening Fluoride-Free Toothpaste
Whitens with naturally sourced silicas,
Fluoride-free, no artificial dyes, sweeteners or flavors, gluten-free, cruelty-free, and halal and kosher-certified. However, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) is something they should replace.
Calcium carbonate, glycerin, water, xylitol, hydrated silica, natural flavor*, sodium lauryl sulfate, zinc citrate, carrageenan, sodium bicarbonate. *Peppermint oil
Now Foods Xyliwhite, Baking Soda Toothpaste
Fluoride-Free, with Baking Soda. Contains 25% Xylitol, Free of SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate)
Water, Xylitol, hydrated silica, Sodium Bicarbonate, Glycerin, Sorbitol, natural mint flavor, Peppermint (mentha piperita) Oil, Sodium Coco-Sulfate, Carrageenan (Chondrus Crispus), Papain, Tea Tree (Melaleuca Alternifolia) Leaf OIl, Sodium Carbonate, Potassium Sorbate
Davids Natural Whitening Toothpaste
Fluoride Free, SLS Free, Sulfate Free, Includes Xylitol For Healthy Enamel. Kid-Friendly
Calcium carbonate (limestone abrasive), purified water, sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), vegetable glycerin, hydraded silica, xylitol (birch derived), sodium cocoyl glutamate (coconut derived), carrageenan (seaweed derived), mentha piperita (peppermint oil), mentha viridis (spearmint) leaf oil, pimpinella anisum (anise) seed extract, gaultheria procumbens (wintergreen) leaf oil, stevia (leaf extract.
Kiss My Face – Toothpaste – Whitening Cool Mint
Whitens with Icelandic Moss, removes plaque with Xylitol & Tea Tree.
Triclosan Free, No Artificial Flavor or Sweeteners, Cruelty Free
Sorbitol, Glycerin, Hydrated Silica, Water, Xylitol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract*, Melaleuca Alternafolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Cetraria Islandica (Iceland Moss) Extract, Stevia Rebaudiana Extract, Flavor, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Menthol, Ammonium Glycyrrhizate (Licorice), Xanthan Gum, Cellulose Gum, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Chlorophyllin- Copper Complex, Potassium Sorbate. *organic
In recent years another method has become popular. Whitening Teeth with activated Charcoal. You can find out more here.